Our Mission & Staff, Fall 2019

We're proud of CutBank's forty-plus years as Montana's foremost literary magazine, founded in 1973 by the Creative Writing program at the University of Montana and helmed initially by favorite literary son William Kittredge.

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We publish two print issues a year of compelling poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by established writers and new voices alike. We're global in scope, but with a regional bias.

Over the years, we've been privileged to feature work by Wendell Berry, Louise Erdrich, Richard Hugo, Seamus Heaney, James Welch, Patricia Goedicke, James Lee Burke, Chris Offutt, Aimee Bender, Steve Almond, and a number of other writers whose work we're fond of. That's the joy, we think, of both publishing and reading a publication like CutBank: discovering and developing a fondness for new work.

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"Everything about this magazine intrigues: its look, the art,
the poetry, the fiction ... Who could ask for more?"


The CutBank Team



Nicole Rose Gomez

Nicole is a former journalist, legal assistant, and cupcake chef who has spent the past seven years teaching English in Granada, Spain. She is originally from El Paso, Texas and has a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Montana. She is passionate about politics and social activism, and when she's not reading, you'll find her in the kitchen whipping something tasty up.




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Jake Bienvenue

Jake is an MFA candidate at the University of Montana. His wide-ranging and diverse professional career has traversed everything from starring as the Chick-Fil-A cow to sports writing. Originally from Folsom, California, Jake holds a B.A. in English and Communication Arts from George Fox University.




Amelia Morand, Senior Fiction Editor

After completing her MFA in Fiction at the University of Montana, Amelia Morand has returned, with her dogs, to their hometown of Santa Fe. Her writing has appeared/is forthcoming with apt, Brevity, Hobart, Lunch Ticket, Moon City Review, Pithead Chapel, and Pidgeonholes. Amelia is passionate about establishing a real connection with our contributors and is striving to up our ratio of personal responses. She wants fiction that feels urgent, vulnerable, surprising. Send her a story that demands to be written.

Bryn Agnew

Bryn Agnew holds an MFA from the University of Montana and an MA and BA from the University of North Texas. Raised on a rodeo ranch in Texas, he loves the music of Townes Van Zandt, cold weather, and never having to shovel a horse stall again. He enjoys honest writing regardless of form and language that crackles with life. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Yemassee, Mid-American Review, The Nottingham Review, and North Texas Review. He also serves as the flash editor for CutBank Online's Weekly Flash Prose and Prose Poetry feature.


Beatrice Baltuck Garrard

Beatrice is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Montana. In her pre-MFA life, she studied history at Stanford, ventured to Mongolia as a Fulbright ETA, and toured her native Washington in a museum van full of fossils. Now she writes queer historical fiction with fantastical elements.

Eric Hollen

A native of Bellwood, Pennsylvania, Eric Hollen is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Montana, where he pursued fiction writing. He attended Susquehanna University where he majored in creative writing and philosophy. He currently spends his time employed as a bookstore manager, hiking and camping in the great Montana outdoors, reading, and playing Dark Souls III.

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Jonathan Pierce

Jonathan Pierce

Jonathan Pierce is a second-year MFA candidate in the poetry cohort, as well as an MA candidate in the literature department.  His recent writings have concerned, at instances, the comorbidities of water and the petro-fueled plastocene anti-politics of Lana Del Rey.  He was birthed and bridled amongst fetid bayous and pristine quartz beaches in northwest Florida; later educated in a vaulting gothic enclave on Chicago's southside; later still roamed the Arizona high-country; and lately arrives in Montana in order to explore Idaho's many hot springs. Additional interests include good beer, bad pulp, and any excuse for a road-trip.


Danielle Cooney

Danielle Cooney is a poet, teacher, and occasional dog walker. She's a Los Angeles native who was desperate to escape the traffic, but hasn't seemed to shake that driving habit, roadtripping to mountains near and far. A second year MFA candidate here at the University of Montana, she is often found writing in the law school if only to remind herself why she didn't go to law school. She works, too, as the Social Media Coordinator for CutBank. (Danielle is pictured on the left.)

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Miles Jochem

Miles Jochem was born in Pocatello, Idaho, but escaped to the (relative) leftist metropolis of Bozeman, Montana, after second grade. He graduated from Bozeman High School, attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and witnessed the empirically determined final years of Portland being “cool” before its ultimate surrender to overpaid tech bros who think they like art. After stints as a kayak guide and bread delivery driver, he returned to Montana to pursue degrees in literary analysis and poetry. His other interests include hiking, hiking with dogs, skiing, and the killing and eating of Montana’s native deer population.


Hope Ruskaup

Hope Ruskaup is a second-year MFA candidate in poetry and a first-year MA candidate in literature. She is from Denver, Colorado and received her BA in Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder where she served as editor-in-chief for the University of Colorado Honors Journal. Hope's work—both creative and critical—primarily concerns our imbrication in systems of globalized capital and the ways in which interdisciplinary interrogation can provide a most useful diagnostic for mapping these systems and their tensions.




Rebecca Swanberg

Rebecca Swanberg is a second-year MFA candidate and writing instructor at the University of Montana. Before moving to Montana, she taught journalism and directed the communications and music programs at a private school in Manhattan. She graduated from Bard College with a BA in Creative Writing, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Bard Free Press. When she's not reading and writing, she likes to hike, climb, horseback ride, sing, tidy up, and look at her houseplants.



Stacia Hill

Born and raised in Montana, Stacia first entered the world of creative writing through editing her high school’s award-winning literary magazines, Aerie International and Aerie Big Sky. She completed her BS in wildlife biology in Missoula, MT while also serving as genre editor and editor in chief of The Oval undergraduate literary magazine out of the University of Montana. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Montana. She writes on themes of queer identity, nature and the environment, mental health, and class.




Scott Moss

Scott Moss was born and raised in Los Gatos, California. He earned a BA in comparative literature from The University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA in English from Portland State University with an emphasis in Shakespeare and American poetry. He is currently working on an MFA in creative writing at The University of Montana. Upon moving to Missoula, Scott sold his car and bought some yaktrax and a fly fishing setup. He enjoys film photography with a twin lens reflex camera which is older than he is. He also keeps an intermittent Shakespeare blog at upstartowl.blogspot.com.




Lauren R. Korn

Lauren R. Korn is currently living on the traditional and unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples. She is a M.A. student of English at the University of New Brunswick and the Director of Content for The Adroit Journal. Her work has appeared and is forthcoming.



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Luke Smith

Luke is a fourth-year creative writing undergrad who escaped Denver traffic to attend the University of Montana. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Firewords, Popshot, Barren Magazine, Ghost City, and others. He also lends a hand to the publications Visual Verse, Unstamatic, and UM's undergraduate literary magazine, The Oval.



Fiction: Natalie Elliot, Sahar Mitchell, Connor Southard, Madison Hinrichs, Jake Bienvenue, Erik Norbie, Sam Dunnington, Daniela Garvue.

Poetry: Alyssandra Tobin, Willy Doehring, Cassandra Lee, Melissa Phelan, Liana Woodward, Alyx Chandler, Sam Bordreau, Lucy Hendrickson, Jasper Vanspoore, Alex Honaker.

Nonfiction: Abigail Seethoff, Kelly Schirmann, Rebecca Jacobson, Barry Maxwell, David Stalling, Joanna Keilp, Emma Pfeiffer.