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Idaho State University to host visiting poet Matt Daly October 13

October 11, 2016

POCATELLO — Idaho State University’s Department of English and Philosophy will host Matt Daly, poet and teacher from Jackson, Wyoming, on Oct. 13 to present a pedagogy lecture and poetry reading.

Head shot of Matt Daly.

Daly’s lecture, “Learning Is a Work in Progress: Integrating Creative Writing into the High School Classroom,” will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Rendezvous Complex room 106. The talk will begin with a brief review of research about the effects creative and reflective writing can have on practitioners. Daly will then discuss ways to integrate creative writing into coursework in various disciplines, showing how creative writing can benefit students as learners and as people.

Daly will also present some of his creative work followed by a Q&A session. at 6 p.m. in the Middle Fork Room of the Pond Student Union.

Daly’s work has been published in various journals including “The Cortland Review and Pilgrimage.” He is also the author of “Wild Nature and the Human Spirit: A Field Guide to Journal Writing in Nature” and has published both short fiction and essays. Currently, he teaches 9th and 10th grade English at the Journeys School of Teton Science Schools. He is also a resident faculty member at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and is on the faculty of a week-long Harvard Medical School Continuing Medical Education course in Orvieto, Italy.

In addition to these efforts, Daly has led creative writing residencies for middle and high school students, as well as adults, in various Wyoming communities and has taught composition at Central Wyoming College’s Jackson Outreach Center. He has collaborated on projects with a variety of artists and community organizations including The Jackson Hole Land Trust, Jackson Hole Public Art and Dancers’ Workshop. In 2013, Daly received a creative writing fellowship in poetry from the Wyoming Arts Council and was the 2015 recipient of the Neltje Blanchan Award for writing inspired by the natural world.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of English and Philosophy at (208) 282-2478 or isu.edu/English.