â€œFrom the Farm to the Table: What All Americans Need to Know about Agricultureâ€ was published as part of the new series, â€œCulture of the Land,â€ by the University Press of Kentucky in 2006. A forthcoming work, â€œLearning Native Wisdom: Reflections on Subsistence, Sustainability and Spirituality,â€ will also be part of the â€œCulture of the Landâ€ series.
Holthaus has also written several books of poetry including â€œCircling Back,â€ a narrative poem about the history of the American West, â€œUnexpected Manna,â€ â€œIf You Were Here I Would Have Handsâ€ and â€œAn Archaeology of Home.â€ He is also the author of â€œWide Skies: Finding a Home in the West,â€ which is a collection of essays about Western issues.
Holthausâ€™ work has been cited as â€œNotable Essaysâ€ in 1994 and 1998, and he received an Individual Fellowship for Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990. He was a regional program officer of the National Endowment for the Humanities and spent time in Nicaragua in the â€œWitness for Peaceâ€ program. He also visited Iraq several times as an invited delegate to an international conference of poets. Holthaus is an ordained Methodist minister. He holds an endowed chair in the Department of Agriculture at the University of Minnesota and he currently directs a nonprofit group that looks for ways to relate farmersâ€™ concerns to the state university and recommends policies to state and federal agencies.
The reading, which is part of the Reading at the Nick series, is sponsored by the departments of English and history, the Academic Affairs Office, and the Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.