Reading with John Holbrook

Fact and Fiction will be hosting Poet John Holbrook at 7pm, Wednesday April 24th for a reading of his collection Jim Wilson, Oldest Man in America.

John Holbrook lives and writes in Missoula, Montana.  He arrived in Missoula in the fall of 1966 to begin his studies toward receiving an MFA degree in Creative Writing.  He studied under poets Richard Hugo and Madeline Defrees and received his degree and began working as a participating poet in residence in both elementary, and secondary school systems across Montanain the Montana Arts Council’s Poetry-in-the-schools Program.  In 1990 his poem “Petition to Common Sense” won first place in the Florida Poetry Contest, judged by poet and novelist,James Dickey.  In 1991, his first book, Clear Water on the Swan,” shared First Prize with short story writer Ron Fischer of Anaconda, in Montana Arts Council’s First Book Award Contest.  In 2002, Pudding House Publications published his chapbook, Loose Wool, River Tackle, Pencil Drafts, a collection which grew out of a grant from the Ludvig Vogelstein Foundation to write a sequence of poems on various rivers in his region.  In 2007 Pudding House published The Dance, another chapbook.   In 2010, FootHills Publishing published his full-length collection A Clear Blue Sky in Royal Oak.  In 2023, FootHills published his next collection, Jim Wilson, Oldest Man in America.   Finishingline Press will publish another collection entitled Water to Sustain the Spirit, this coming summer.

My collection, Jim Wilson, Oldest Man in America, coalesced around an article and photo of Mr. Wilson, that I came across in an old January 7, 1946, 10 cent issue of Life Magazine.  I found this man’s life so remarkable, and the story of our country at just that moment the same--just beginning its recovery from WWII--that I knew I just had to preserve it, pass it on.  And I further thought, if I could just get my good friend, the talented, renowned, Montana artist, James Todd, to render a likeness of the man, then I would have an image, an attractive cover design for a new book, and Jim agreed and the rest, as they say, is history.  

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Fact and Fiction Bookstore
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435