Hal Waldrup Interview, March 23, 2013


Hal Waldrup


Mark Gibbons



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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 rough timeline of Lahey’s life in Corbin, Butte, and Missoula. Waldrup touches on many of the major events in his own life and how they brought him into contact with Lahey. Mark Gibbons, the interviewer, also shares his knowledge and details about many of the events Waldrup mentions. Additionally, they both discuss various works by Lahey, some of the more personal influences in Lahey’s poetry, and their personal opinions on some of his poetry. Waldrup chronicles years from around 1970-2005 and Gibbons shares some of his experiences with Lahey after 2005.


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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 438-006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (1:27:17 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (23 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

1:27:15 minutes

Local Filename

OH_438_006.mp3; OH_438_006.pdf

Hal Waldrup Interview, March 23, 2013