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Marc Beaudin, poet

Marc Beaudin, a former Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation artist-in-residence, is a poet, theatre artist and ABAA-member bookseller in Livingston, Montana.

He is the author of “Life List: Poems” (named a 2020 Honor Book Winner by the Montana Book Award), the hitchhiking memoir, “Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals,” and an album of jazz and poetry, “From Coltrane to Coal Train: An Eco-Jazz Suite” featuring music by Dana Colley, Billy Conway and Laurie Sargent, former members of the bands Morphine and Orchestra Morphine.

A frequent performer of poetry and spoken word, Beaudin has worked and recorded with a variety of musicians at venues across the country, Bill Payne (of Little Feat), The Northwoods Improvisers and the Big Sky Jazz Trio.

Despite all available evidence, he believes the Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D is more powerful than all the guns, smokestacks and coal trains in the world.


“A jazzy, freewheeling, rollicking road trip into the beating heart of the Eternal Now. Hop in and enjoy the ride.” –Montana Quarterly

“Vagabond Song unfolds like an impressionistic series of trip logs reminiscent of Kerouac and blending elements of hippie folk pioneer Richard Brautigan with the broad quest also shared by Ken Kesey for discovering both sturdiness and serenity within the parameters of America’s remote landscapes. The work is as ambitious as it is fluid.” –The Review Magazine

“This is a volume you can dig into and find treasure.” –Big Sky Journal

“A vade mecum of the soul, Vagabond Song leaves one hungry for more books by this author.” –Pressenza International News Agency

“Such a damn good read it was impossible to put down once begun and then left me enraged because when it was finished it was finished

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