Francis Davis

Francis Davis 

DILLON — On Feb. 15, at 7:30 pm, Francis Davis, University of Montana Western’s assistant English professor, will be reading from his new short-story collection, “West of Love,” as a part of the “Dances with Words” series. Each performance in the series takes place at The Cup, Montana Western’s coffeehouse located below the library on campus.

“Dances with Words” is produced by English professor, Alan Weltzien. The series, free and open to the public, provides the community with a unique opportunity to listen to writers reading their own works, including Montana Western student writers.

Davis was a finalist for the 2016 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction for “West of Love.” He’s won writing fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, The Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.

In a raw, yet lyrical voice that gives life to the urgency and appetites of youth, “West of Love” takes place in a time before the internet, before cell phones, before technology changed the ways we live and love. And as an older Stewart looks candidly back at his younger self, a picture of the human heart emerges — one that offers a testament to how we heal, how we go on.”

For details contact Alan Weltzien by email at alan.weltzien@umwestern.edu or call 406-683-7431.

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