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As part of “The Unauthorized Audubon” exhibit program, visiting poet Melissa Kwasny will read from her collection, The Archival Birds, at the MSU Museum, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 6.

Kwasny is the author of four books of poetry: The Nine Senses (Milkweed Editions 2011); Reading Novalis in Montana, named one of the top ten books of 2009 by The Huffington Post; Thistle, winner of the Idaho Prize; and The Archival Birds. A book of essays about the natural image, entitled Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision, will be published by Lynx House Press in early 2013. She is also the editor of Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950, recently listed as one of Poets and Writers Magazine's "75 Best Books for Writers," and co-editor, with M.L. Smoker, of an anthology of poetry in defense of global human rights, I Go To the Ruined Place. She lives in the Elkhorn Mountains of western Montana.

“The Unauthorized Audubon" exhibit is a conversation in prints and poetry, a quirky and light-hearted coupling of creative expression between two Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) faculty members. Birds provide the inspiration for the imagery and verses. "The Unauthorized Audubon" began with friendship and feathers: a surprise block print, and a new poem in response. One gift led to another between poet Anita Skeen and print-maker Laura B. DeLind. The exhibit is on display in the MSU Museum’s East Ground Floor Gallery through Jan. 31, 2013. Additional programs are planned Nov. 10 and 11 at the MSU Museum and RCAH Art Studio.

The MSU Museum regularly features works by MSU faculty and students, showcasing the creative output, research and projects that relate to the natural and cultural world.