Editorial: Crow man brings poetry to Montana
"A rancher, former rodeo cowboy and neighbor is Montana's newest poet laureate, a choice we applaud.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer appointed Henry Real Bird of Garryowen as the state's third poet laureate, succeeding Greg Pape, whose term expired.

The governor was effusive in his praise in naming Real Bird to this position:

"Our heritage, our lives and our way of life in this great state are often expressed through poetry, and the work of Henry Real Bird brings so much of Montana to life. This is a unique opportunity to bring poetry to the people of Montana."

The Montana Legislature created the position of poet laureate in 2005 to recognize a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The assignment? Raise awareness of poetry and the literary arts across the state in presentations and by reading poetry to live audiences.

Real Bird lives on the O-W Ranch in Big Horn County with his wife and children. In addition to his writing and ranching, he raises champion bucking horses."

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Gazette Opinion: Real Bird will work to bring poetry to life (The Billings Gazette 10/2)