Tami Haaland

Corby Skinner

In 2019, Melissa Kwasny and Mandy Smoker were appointed co-Poets Laureate by Montana governor Steve Bullock. As Poets Laureate and women from marginalized communities, Kwasny and Smoker aim to celebrate poetry as an art that fosters connection, relationships and bridge building.  In communities across the state they plan to share their poetry, their creative processes and how poetry can provide a source of understanding and hope. Through their presentations, they will collaboratively demonstrate how poetry can speak to issues of diversity and inclusion, landscape and the environment, and culture and history.  

photo courtesy Wendy and Jason Jam

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner discuss poetry with two Montana Poets Laureate and the creative process behind a 100 day drawing challenge with husband-and-wife artist team Jason and Wendy Jam.