David Thomas Interview, November 7, 2012


David Thomas


Mark Gibbons



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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 in Vietnam War protests, civil rights protests, and other demonstrations, and decides against a military career. He describes meeting those who would become his friends as he becomes more of a part of the “radical fringe.” Thomas recounts the first encounters with Lahey, their mutual friends, and the friendship that developed years later. Thomas discusses the Missoula writing scene, including the Garden City Reading Series and other projects he participated in. Thomas describes his writing career. Thomas talks about Lahey's work, and some of his own. Thomas describes Lahey's intense personality as well as his generosity and support, both as a friend and a writer.


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Document Type

Oral History


Ed Lahey, Poetry, Literature

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Ed Lahey Oral History Project OH-438, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 438-004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (35:01 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (8 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

35:01 minutes

Local Filename

OH_438_004.mp3; OH_438_004.pdf

David Thomas Interview, November 7, 2012