WYOMING POET LAUREATE TO PRESENT INFORMAL PROGRAM

David Romtvedt, Wyoming Poet Laureate, will present an informal music and poetry program, Mon., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., at Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center.

The program is part of the events during “October is Community Arts Month,” sponsored by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation with support from the Wyoming Arts Council and Hot Springs County Schools.

Romtvedt, who is from Buffalo, Wyo., is a multi-talented musician and writer. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a graduate fellow in folklore and ethnomusicology at the University of Texas-Austin. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the prestigious Pushcart Prize, and the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award. He is also listed on the Wyoming Arts Council Artist’s Roster.

A versatile writer, his books range from poetry to fiction and non-fiction, including “Some Church,” “Windmill: Essays from Four Mile Ranch,” “Crossing Wyoming,” “How Many Horses,” and the National Poetry Series selection “A Flower Whose Name I Do Not Know.” He also edited the anthology, “Wyoming Fence Lines,” published by the Wyoming Humanities Council.

Romtvedt has served as manager of the Centrum Foundation’s International Folk Dance and Music Festival and Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. He has been a staff musician at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and at the Sierra Swing Festival. He recently completed a series of radio programs on traditional musics of the American Southwest for Wyoming and Montana National Public Radio.

Romtvedt performs creole dance music with the Fireants, who play throughout the Rocky Mountain states and Mexico. He has released three music recordings, “It’s Hot (About Three Weeks a Year),” “Bury my Clothes,” and “Ants on Ice.”

Romtvedt will be conducting workshops in the county schools for both teachers and students, Mon.-Tues., Oct. 25-26.

The program is open to the public without charge.

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