Many Voices Press
We are a non-profit, all volunteer literary press.
We are based on the Flathead Valley Community College campus located in the beautiful Flathead Valley of Northwest Montana. We aim to serve Montana writers, especially Native American writers. Our books are meant to showcase diverse voices from rural places.
Many Voices Press was created when Editor Lowell Jaeger inherited the poems of three former students who had passed away without having their poetry heard.
“Our first book, Poems Across the Big Sky, includes previously unpublished poets and famous poets like James Welch and Jim Harrison…. Included in this anthology are poems from twelve Native American writers in four different languages. This is Montana literary history in the making.”
Lowell Jaeger, Editor
Lowell Jaeger teaches writing courses at FVCC and founded Many Voices Press.
An M.F.A. graduate of the renowned University of Iowa Writers Workshop, Lowell Jaeger taught at the University of Iowa for several years before coming to Montana to teach at Flathead Valley Community College. He enjoys the personal, intimate environment of FVCC as well as the character and quality of students he teaches. “We get students in class who have enthusiasm for learning. These are people who know how a good education can change their lives.”
“As a writing teacher, it’s really fun to show students they have a lot to say. Generally, they come into the classroom saying nothing ever happens here. And I remind them that to the rest of the world, a place where you can get eaten by a grizzly bear is pretty exciting. Then they start telling the story of their lives, and we’ve had some really huge successes…. The students have become my best friends.”
Hannah Mae Bissell, Assistant Editor
Hannah Mae Bissell found herself adopted into the writing community at the age of seventeen. Since then, she has helped produce two poetry anthologies and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana–Missoula.
Her poems have appeared in the Poems Across the Big Sky anthology (2007) as well as in the Whitefish Review, the New Mexico Poetry Review, and others. She has been accepted into Pacific University’s Master’s Program and hopes to encourage young writers like herself.
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Last modified: October 15, 2013