This collection includes seven interviews discussing the life and relationships of Montana poet Ed Lahey. The interviews were conducted by Mark Gibbons in 2012 and 2013. Interviewees discuss personal stories and antecdotes regarding their individual and professional interactions with Lahey, as well as the impact his writing had on the University of Montana and regional poets and writers. They speak on his political activism, his writing traits, mental and outside influences on his poetry, his personality, and the decline of his health. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH-438 at Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, the University of Montana.
This collection includes 8 interviews.
Missoula poet David Thomas recounts his friendship and writing relationship with Ed Lahey. As a student at the University of Montana, Thomas begins to become familiarized with writing and Lahey's poetry. Although initially seeking military employment as a student member of ROTC, Thomas becomes involved ... Read More
Dexter Roberts describes his relationship to Ed Lahey as fellow colleagues in the University of Montana English department throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. Roberts tells about a number of political activism activities against the Vietnam War in which both he and Lahey took ... Read More
Hal Waldrup describes how he met Lahey and his relationship with Lahey as a nurse, a roommate, a friend, and professionally. Waldrup gives insight to some of Lahey’s mental health problems and how he maintained his extraordinary talent as a writer. Waldrup’s memories provide a ... Read More
Montana poet Jack Waller describes the evolution of his personal relationship with Lahey as well as his never-ending admiration for Lahey as a writer. Waller describes how appreciative he was to know Lahey as a friend and poet for many years. He then shares his ... Read More
Mark Gibbons discusses his nearly 15-year friendship with Butte, Montana poet Ed Lahey, author of The Blind Horses and The Thin Air Gang. Gibbons talks about first meeting Lahey in 1996 at the Garden City Reading Series in Missoula, and how much in awe he ... Read More
Montana politician Pat Williams, who grew up with Ed Lahey in Butte, Montana, shares stories of his time meeting with Lahey in Missoula and his never-ending curiosity about Lahey’s talent and process as a writer. Williams talks about his shared Irish heritage and mining background ... Read More
Roger Dunsmore discusses his friendship, impressions, and experiences with Ed Lahey. Dunsmore recalls his early impressions of Lahey and his poetry while he and Lahey were in Missoula, Montana in the early 1960s. He describes the evolution of his relationship with Lahey over the years. ... Read More
Sheryl Noethe, Montana’s poet laureate from 2011 to 2013, discusses her extensive writing career, relationship and friendship with Montana poet, Ed Lahey. Noethe discusses the impact Lahey has had on her life and her writing. Noethe briefly mentions Lahey’s life in Butte and resultant manganese ... Read More