Sheryl Ann Noethe
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Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe
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Sheryl Noethe was recently designated Montana's fourth poet laureate; a position she'll hold though August, 2013. She'll join Bonnie Jo Campbell and Mary Clearman Blew for this year's Gala Reading at…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Sheryl Ann Noethe Nov 16, 2011.

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Sheryl Ann Noethe replied to Humanities Roundtable's discussion 'Books That Changed Us'
"Another fabulous book that made an indelible impression on me was a copy of Dorothy Parker's short stories that I found in a drawer in the house my parents bought. The previous tenant must have forgotten it, or, better yet, intuited that a…"
Mar 1, 2012
Sheryl Ann Noethe replied to Humanities Roundtable's discussion 'Books That Changed Us'
"I'm with you on that book, Kim. It opened up galaxies in my imagination, and there were so few books that had brave, headstrong females. The message given, that Meg's temper would save her, was especially beloved because it was my rage…"
Jan 16, 2012
Sheryl Ann Noethe and Grace Hein are now friends
Jan 13, 2012
Sheryl Ann Noethe replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"I'd like to share my latest poem from the series, "Greyhound Bus Log"   Normal At the Helena bus depot a deaf man and his sister Wait in a hard sideways wind. When the driver asks the man a question, He points to his ears and…"
Nov 16, 2011
kathleen kimble and Sheryl Ann Noethe are now friends
Nov 6, 2011
Donna L. Miller replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"Poetry Reader's Creed I read poetry for the rich imagery and the often fresh or radical perspectives it offers. Poetry provides a model for all writers concerned about creating layers of meaning and immersing readers in sensory…"
Oct 17, 2011
Sheryl Ann Noethe replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"This is another poem with an Ed Lahey connection. He told me the story of his conversation among the apple trees. The idea of suffocation by butterfly was so startling to me that I asked him if I could make a poem from it, and of course he agreed…"
Oct 6, 2011
Sheryl Ann Noethe replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"Thank you Kim. Your reading of the poem gave me more insight about it. Art is the absolute antidote to cynicism. Beautiful. Here I was just thinking about the kids.  "
Oct 5, 2011
Kim Anderson replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"Oh, Sheryl, Reservation School will get me through the next four days. Thank you thank you. You have reminded me again that art is the absolute antidote to cynicism. And that we all are born with that spark that can share a perfect unique image of…"
Oct 4, 2011
kathleen kimble replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"Sheryl's poem from Robert Lee's work with the young talent of the Arlee area is another blazing example of why I support the Missoula Writing Collaborative and believe that teaching kids to love to write just might save our world.…"
Oct 2, 2011
Sheryl Ann Noethe replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"I am very lucky as Artistic Director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative to have the pleasure of observing and evaluating writers at work in classrooms. This poem came from a classroom in Arlee, when the writer Robert Lee was working with…"
Oct 1, 2011
Sheryl Ann Noethe replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"I'll look for you"
Sep 23, 2011
Shann Ray replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"Looking forward to your reading upcoming at the Festival.  I'm reading on Fri.  take care, shann"
Sep 23, 2011
Sheryl Ann Noethe replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"I'm so glad it touched you. Thanks for your kind response.  "
Sep 23, 2011
Shann Ray replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"Sheryl, your poem on forgiveness here is one I need.  Thank you for your generosity.  A gorgeous, elegant, unforgettable poem.  Best to you in your beautiful work.  Shann Ray  "
Sep 23, 2011
Sheryl Ann Noethe replied to Sheryl Ann Noethe's discussion 'Montana Poet Laureate: Sheryl Noethe'
"I was inspired to write this poem while reading some ancient script about forgiveness. I was so moved by the idea that forgiveness is the way to connect to God, whichever God you love, and also the notion of building an identity around pain, and…"
Sep 20, 2011

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I was born and raised in Minnesota where I attended Urban Arts, a high-school alternative program, which allowed me to learn to write poetry. My first collection—The Descent of Heaven Over the Lake (New Rivers Press)—was published in 1984, and was followed by The Ghost Openings (Grace Court Press, 2000), which won a Northwest Publisher's Best Book Award, and, most recently, As Is (Lost Horse Press, 2009; Lost Horse has a nice write up of the book on their website). My poems have appeared in numerous journals and a few anthologies as well. Recognitions have included a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the CutBank Hugo Prize in Poetry, the Emerging Voices Award from New Rivers Press, a McKnight Prize for Literature, an American Academy of Poetry Award, and an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize.

From Minnesota I moved to New York City and worked with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, bringing poetry into the classrooms of the South Bronx, Harlem, and East New York. I currently reside in Missoula, Montana, at the foot of Mt. Jumbo with my fearless husband, a firefighter, where we keep a household of rescue animals, including a one-eyed feral cat named Mike Tyson.

As Is (2009)


The Ghost Openings (2000)

Mirage

from The Ghost Openings

The man in the Mexican Restaurant had your build.

Your haircut, shoulders, rib cage and behind.

You, easy. From the back, in a minute.

My body, turncoat, began agitating.

Warm, welcoming sensations.

Cling peaches in heavy syrup.

Entirely consumed by you.

Until, as mystery will,

he turned his head to reveal

a stranger. The wrong man.

If only

he could have stood still

with his back to me

forever.

Just like you.

In addition to my poetry, I co-authored Poetry Everywhere, a resource for teaching poetry, now in its third printing. And in 1994 I founded the Missoula Writing Collaborative, a program that places writers in public schools, libraries, on the Flathead Reservation, in detention homes with at-risk youth, in Hawai’ian Charter Schools and in an Alaskan village. For this work I was awarded a Cultural Achievement Award from the Missoula Cultural Council in 2004.

In April 2009 I appeared on MTPR's The Write Question, a program that explores the world of writing and publishing in the western United States. Listen here:

Please visit my website.

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At 2:21pm on September 23, 2009, Clair Leonard said…
Welcome to the Humanities Montana website. I really enjoyed watching you last year at the Montana Festival of the Book in Missoula, where you participated in a number of events, including the Define-a-thon, which was fun! I really like your poem "Mirage." Every person who has ever loved and lost can relate to this thought and feeling, but it's the picture you paint in words, that appeals to me. I would like to hear you recite this poem, which would give it even more power. I really admire your work, bringing poetry to the schools through the Missoula Writing Collaborative... Great stuff!
 
 
 

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