Dances with Words Event

Alan Weltzien

On Jan. 18, 2018, at 7:30 pm, author and Montana Western English Professor Alan Weltzien will present a reading as part of the “Dances with Words” series. Each performance in the series takes place at The Cup, Montana Western’s coffeehouse located below the library on campus.

“Dances with Words” is also produced by Professor Weltzien, the senior member of the English Department. The series, free and open to the public, provides the community with a unique opportunity to listen to writers reading their own works, including Montana Western student writers.

Weltzien’s presentation will focus on two of his recent publications, “Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time,” and “The Comfort Pathway: Walking and Writing Through Death and Grief.”

As one of four co-editors of “Thinking Continental,” Weltzien is the only co-editor or contributor with both an essay and a poem in the book. This interdisciplinary collection addresses bioregionalism and connections between the local and the planetary. “Thinking Continental” is premised on the notion that only through a local landscape and through the close study of that landscape and the human interactions with and upon it, can we make valid connections to the planetary, including climate change, the primary problem of the 21st century.

“The Comfort Pathway” is a personal essay, published as a chapbook, that concerns the final three weeks of Weltzien’s mother’s life and the painful ambiguities of so-called clear health care directives. During her slow-motion dying, Weltzien tries to capture many facets of her character.

For more information about the event, please contact Alan Weltzien by email at or call 406-683-7431.