Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series, featuring readings by Regina Fitzsimmons and Karin Schalm.

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 7 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

Regina Fitzsimmons

Regina's studying nonfiction writing at the University of Montana. She was born and raised in Tucson, AZ.

 

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Karin Schalm

Karin Schalm has published in CamasCutBankep;phanyThe Sun and other journals. Her poems appear in Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Federico García LorcaPoems Across the Big Sky IIBright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing and Lilac City Fairy Tales(Volumes 2 – 4). She earned an MFA from the University of Montana where she currently serves as the Creative Writing Program Coordinator.

 

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CutBank's 1st Annual End of the World Fundraising Blowout!
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

CutBank's 1st Annual End of the World Fundraising Blowout!

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Support your local Lit Mag! 

Join us CutBankers Friday, April 27, for live music from American Falcon, Writ Large, Tara Lynn Walrus, Kevin Canty, David Gates, and anyone who randomly bursts into song!

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We've got beer, a fire pit ready for blazing, munchies, giveaways and prizes, and open mic readings from literary rock stars!

Admission is free, but hey, it's a fundraiser...

Donate generously!

 

Come for the fun, throw some money-love at Montana's most prestigious (and plain awesome) lit mag, and spread the word far and wide. Log on to our Facebook event and let us know you're coming. (We'll make sure there's enough suds and grub for you that way.) Tweet the news, too!

Here's where: Free Cycles, 732 S. 1st St. West, Missoula, MT

Free Cycles is donating their space for the evening, and we cannot thank them enough.

If you're not familiar, Free Cycles is a bike shop, yes, but so much more!

From their siteThe goal of Free Cycles is to help Missoula, Montana transition to a more sustainable transportation system while simultaneously setting a strong example for other places. Through our programs we hope to help individuals we work with to be active stewards of the community with an emphasis on social and environmental justice. We work towards this mission through education, empowerment, and engagement.

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Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series, featuring readings by Eric Hollen and Deirdre McNamer.

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 7 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

Eric Hollen

Eric Hollen is a second year student at the University of Montana's MFA fiction program. He received his BA from Susquehanna University in creative writing and philosophy.  

 

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Deirdre McNamer

Deirdre McNamer was born and raised in north-central Montana. She attended the University of Washington and received a journalism degree from the University of Montana, then worked as a daily journalist until her thirties.

She is the author of four novels. Her first, Rima in the Weeds (HarperCollins), won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. One Sweet Quarrel (HarperCollins),and My Russian (Houghton Mifflin) were both New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year.

Red Rover (Viking) was named to the Best Books of the Year lists of Artforum, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Rocky Mountain News

She is a recipient of a 2015 Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council.

Her essays, short fiction, reviews and reporting have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and Outside, among other venues.

She has taught writing at Cornell University, Williams College, Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Alabama, and the University of Montana. Since 1998 she has been a core faculty member of the University of Montana Creative Writing MFA program and also is on the faculty of the MFA Writing Seminars, Bennington College, Vermont.

Deirdre McNamer chaired the fiction panel of the National Book Awards in 2011 and was a judge for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner award. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband, writer Bryan Di Salvatore. 

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Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

Ten Missoula-based writers and students read selections from Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violenceas well as original work on the subject of gun violence.

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From the Bullets into Bells website:

Focused intensively on the crisis of gun violence in America, this volume brings together poems by dozens of our best-known poets, including Billy CollinsPatricia SmithNatalie DiazOcean VuongDanez SmithBrenda HillmanNatasha ThretheweyRobert HassNaomi Shihab NyeJuan Felipe HerreraMark DotyRita Dove, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

Each poem is followed by a response from a gun violence prevention activist, political figure, survivor, or concerned individual, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody WilliamsSenator Christopher Murphy; Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts; survivors of the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston Emmanuel AME, and Virginia Tech shootings; and Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir, and Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis.

Featured guests include: Henrietta GoodmanCaroline Patterson, Corrie Williamson, Chelsia Rice, Barry Maxwell, Nathan Yrizarry, Becca Carson, students from Big Sky High School, and the local Moms Demand Action group.

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Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Natalie Peeterse & Connor McElwee read for Second Wind, April 15

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 7 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

Natalie Peeterse

Natalie Peeterse has an MFA from the University of Montana. She is the editor of Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia LorcaShe was included in I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost Horse Press). Her chapbook Black Birds : Blue Horse, An Elegy won the Gold Line Press Poetry Prize in 2011. A second chapbook, Dreadful : Luminosity, Letters, was published by Educe Press in the spring of 2017. She has been a fellow with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, an artist in residence at the Caldera Institute and most recently a participant in the 2018 US Poets in Mexico in Merida, Yucatan. She is a recipient of the 2013 Artist Innovation Award by the Montana Arts Council. She lives in Helena, Montana where  she is on the board of the Drumlummon Institute and where she works on Open Country Press.

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Connor McElwee

Connor hails from Philadelphia and writes fiction. He spent his undergraduate years in Connecticut at Wesleyan University where he majored in English and International Relations. He likes seafood. He dislikes the cold. His favorite stories are gutsy. The ones he remembers are the ones that leave him scratching his head.

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Apr
13
12:00 PM12:00

Poet & translator Don Mee Choi visits UM for lecture and reading.

Don Mee Choi gives a lecture on translation, Friday, April 13, noon - 12:50 pm in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. She reads her own poetry that evening at 7 pm, also in Turner Hall. Both events are free and open to the public, sponsored by UM Creative Writing and the President's Writers-in-Residence Series.

Choi was born in Seoul and came to the U.S. via Hong Kong. She is the author of Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond, 2014), and a Wave pamphlet, Freely Frayed. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her translations of contemporary Korean women’s poetry include: Anxiety of Words (Zephyr, 2006), Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers (Action Books, 2008), All the Garbage of the World, Unite! (Action Books, 2011), Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream (Action Books, 2014), Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016), and Autobiography of Death (New Directions, forthcoming). She is currently co-translating with Joyelle McSweeney Yi Sang’s short stories and co-editing with Joshua Beckman a book of Yi Sang’s poetry and prose, forthcoming from Wave Books.

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Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Henrietta Goodman, Missoula poet and University of Montana professor, reads from her new book of poetry, All That Held Us.

Missoula poet and University of Montana professor Henrietta Goodman visits Shakespeare & Co. to read from her new book of poetry, All That Held Us.

Henrietta Goodman’s most recent book of poetry is All That Held Us, published in 2018 by BkMk Press as winner of the John Ciardi Prize, and reviewed by Sarah Aswell in The Missoula Independent.


Against the backdrop of a repressive and eccentric all-female Southern household, this memoir-based collection of linked sonnets explores the myths and truths of family, sexuality, and love that shape adult identity. Goodman’s previous books are Hungry Moon (Colorado State University, 2013) and Take What You Want (Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books, 2007). Her poems and essays have appeared in New England Review, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, Mid-American Review, and other journals. She grew up in North Carolina, then moved to Missoula, where she has lived for the past 25 years. She teaches at the University of Montana and at Texas Tech University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series, this week featuring Zack Rybak and Ashby Kinch

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 7 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

Zack Rybak

Zack Rybak is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Montana. He grew up in Reno, Nevada. His dog's name is Wes.

 

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Ashby Kinch on Ashby Kinch:

I am a professor of English literature specializing in the literature of the medieval period, particularly late medieval literature. I also study the history of lyric poetry and work in the field of translation studies, specifically Middle English translations of Latin and French writing in the fifteenth century. I recently published a book, Imago Mortis: Mediating Images of Death in Late Medieval Culture, on the art and literature of death and dying in the early 15th century. I have also published recent articles on neuroscience and literature, as well as word-image relations in both medieval literature and in the work of a contemporary American poet, Cole Swensen. Past work includes several articles and an edited collection on the French writer and diplomat Alain Chartier, the most influential European author of the 15th century. I am developing a project comparing the aesthetic structure and social dialectics of the Luttrell Psalter and Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

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Mar
18
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series rocks on! This Sunday's show featuring Laura Blake and Chris Dombrowski

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 7 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

Laura Blake

Laura Blake is an M.F.A. candidate in creative nonfiction and a writing instructor at the University of Montana. Laura was born in Bloomington, Indiana and grew up in New York City. She's lived and worked in Missoula since 2013 and is so grateful for the academic community here. 

 

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Chris Dombrowski

Chris Dombrowski’s nonfiction debut, Body of Water (Milkweed Editions, 2016), was named a Top Ten Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association and hailed in wide range of venues, from The New York Times to Outside, and The Wall Street Journal to Orion, which called it “a spiritual memoir in the tradition of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.” A recipient of numerous grants and awards, Chris is also the author of two books of poems, By Cold Water, a Poetry Foundation Bestseller, and Earth Again, runner-up for ForeWord Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year, both published by Wayne State University Press. His essays and poems have appeared in many publications and anthologies including Poetry, The Sun, Outside, and The Southern Review.  For the better part of two decades Chris has taught creative writing to a vast array of age groups, most recently as the William Kittredge Visiting Writer in Residence in University of Montana's EVST Program. In addition, he has worked as a fly-fishing guide in Missoula, where he founded and currently directs the Beargrass Writing Retreat. 

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Writing@Work Conference: It's open to all, and it's FREE! Noon to 5:00, March 16!
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Writing@Work Conference: It's open to all, and it's FREE! Noon to 5:00, March 16!

W@W welcomes panelists and speakers Gary Fisketjon, VP of Knopf Publishing, Sarah Bowlin, Agent at Aevitas Creative Management, Brian Schott, Robert Stubblefield, Sarah Aswell, Pete Fromm, Deirdre McNamer, Chris Dombrowski, Paul Gladen, Tim O'Leary, Jenny Sheets, Debra Magpie Earling, David Gates, Heather Cahoon, Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Jenny (Seymore) Montgomery, Susanna Sonnenberg, & Judy Blunt.

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Gary Fisketjon, VP of Knopf Publishing

Everything's happening at the UM University Center Theater, with plenty of handy parking. The full schedule is posted below, but you can also access it here.

Writing @ Work is a gathering of working writers, world-class editors, publishers, agents, and students, coming together to share insights on the writing life and how to make it work. This year’s conference features Gary Fisketjon, legendary editor to Cormac McCarthy, Raymond Carver, Jeanette Winterson, and Haruki Murakami and vice president of Knopf Publishing, as well as Sarah Bowlin, Agent at Aevitas Creative Management. Panels and discussions include topics ranging from writing in the West and the basics of getting published, to women’s perspectives on life and craft. It’s an afternoon of community and collaboration for anyone interested in the power of writing and how to build a life around it. 


 

Writing@Work Conference Schedule

Opening Remarks

12 - 12:10 pm

Debra Magpie Earling, Director of Creative Writing 

Debra Magpie Earling teaches Fiction and Storytelling at the University of Montana. Her novel Perma Red (Putnam, 2002) won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award, The Washington State Fiction Award, and the American Book Award. The Lost Journals of Sacajewea (Koch editions, 2010), a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch, re-invents the life of Sacajewea. The rare museum piece book is exhibited in some of the great libraries including the New York Public Library and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.

 

Publishing & the New West

12:10 - 1 pm

Sarah Bowlin, Former Editor & Agent at Aevitas Creative Management
Brian Schott, Editor & Publisher of the Whitefish Review
Robert Stubblefield, Moderator 

Sarah Bowlin is an agent at Aevitas Creative Management, which she joined in 2017. Before becoming an agent, she spent a decade as an editor of literary fiction and nonfiction, first at Riverhead Books and most recently at Henry Holt & Company. She has edited many acclaimed writers including Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Sheila Heti, Salvatore Scibona, Helen Phillips, Luvvie Ajayi, Ramona Ausubel, Rachel Khong, Kim Zupan and Julie Buntin. As an agent, she is working with emerging voices Vanessa Veselka, Aysegul Savas, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Halimah Marcus, Luke Zaleski, and Kevin Nguyen, among others. She is interested in bold voices—specifically stories of strong or difficult women and unexpected narratives of place, identity, and the shifting ways we see ourselves and each other. Originally from the South, she now lives in Los Angeles.

Brian Schott is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Whitefish Review, a literary journal of mountain culture that has gained national attention for its interviews with Tom Brokaw, Michael Keaton, Jimmy Kimmel, and David Letterman. His travel and outdoor essays have been featured in publications like BackcountryBig Sky JournalThe Boston GlobeNational Geographic TravelerNew York PostNew York Daily News, the New Hampshire Sunday News, and Ski Magazine. He holds a Master of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College and lives in Whitefish with his wife Lyndsay and their two sons.

Robert Stubblefield has published fiction and personal essays in Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Short Fiction of the American WestBest Stories of the American West, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Left Bank, The Clackamas Literary Review, Cascadia Times, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Salmon: Essays on the State of the Fish at the Turn of the Millennium, Open Spaces, basalt, Talking River Review, and High Desert Journal, among others. His most recent essay, “Wrecks and Shells,” appeared in Southern Humanities Review. Awards include a Georges and Anne Borchardt Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Fishtrap Fellowship, and Imnaha Writers’ Retreat Fellowship. Robert grew up in Eastern Oregon and now lives in Missoula, Montana where he teaches at the University of Montana.

 

Two Writers, Two Perspectives

1:10 - 2 pm

Sarah Aswell, Writer
Pete Fromm, Writer
Deirdre McNamer, Moderator

Sarah Aswell received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana in 2006. Since then, she has worked freelance as a journalist, corporate content strategist, humor writer, and stand-up comedian. Her work has appeared in places like The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Advocate, National Lampoon, Funny or Die, Splitsider, and many more. She is also a regular contributor of feminist satire to Reductress. Sarah regularly performs stand-up comedy across Montana and is an alum of the Big Sky Comedy Festival. She's married to another UM MFA alum, Ben Fowlkes, who is a fiction writer and sports journalist. They live in Missoula and have two young daughters. 

Pete Fromm served as the University of Montana’s 2017 Distinguished Kittredge Writer, teaching a graduate fiction workshop and a multi-genre course called "Writing Into the Wilds." Fromm's latest book is the memoir The Names of the Stars (St. Martins, 2016). He is a five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his novels If Not For ThisAs Cool As I Am, and How All This Started, his story collection Dry Rain, and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles. The film of As Cool As I Am was released in 2013. He is also the author of four other story collections and has published two hundred stories in magazines.

Deirdre McNamer is the author of the novels Rima in the Weeds (HarperCollins, 1991), One Sweet Quarrel (HarperCollins, 1994), My Russian (Houghton Mifflin, 1999), and Red Rover (Viking, 2007), which was named a Best Book of 2007 by Artforum, The Washington Post, and the LA Times.  Her stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Doubletake, New York Times opinion page, and elsewhere. McNamer teaches graduate and undergraduate writing workshops, and a graduate course in techniques at the University of Montana.

 

Making Writing Your Business

2:10 - 3 pm

Chris Dombrowski, Director of Beargrass Writing Retreat / Writer
Paul Gladen, Director of Blackstone LaunchPad
Tim O'Leary, Entrepreneur / Writer
Jenny Sheets, Creator of Storysquares App / Writer
Debra Magpie Earling, Moderator

Chris Dombrowski’s nonfiction debut, Body of Water (Milkweed Editions, 2016), was named a Top Ten Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association and hailed in wide range of venues, from The New York Times to Outside, and The Wall Street Journal to Orion, which called it “a spiritual memoir in the tradition of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.” A recipient of numerous grants and awards, Chris is also the author of two books of poems, By Cold Water, a Poetry Foundation Bestseller, and Earth Again, runner-up for ForeWord Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year, both published by Wayne State University Press. His essays and poems have appeared in many publications and anthologies including Poetry, The Sun, Outside, and The Southern Review.  For the better part of two decades Chris has taught creative writing to a vast array of age groups, most recently as the William Kittredge Visiting Writer in Residence in University of Montana's EVST Program. In addition, he has worked as a fly-fishing guide in Missoula, where he founded and currently directs the Beargrass Writing Retreat. 

Paul Gladen is Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana, a program that help students, alumni, faculty and staff explore entrepreneurship. He is co-founder of the Hellgate Venture Network, a networking group for Montana entrepreneurs.  Paul is also a founding team member of the Montana Code School. Paul was the 2017 Montana Ambassador Educator of the Year. A native of England, Paul has an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University and an MBA from Manchester Business School. He spent the first 14 years of his career working for Arthur Andersen, one of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms. He has lived and worked in London, New York, Rome, Dublin & Chicago moving to Missoula in 2008.

Tim O’Leary had a long career as an entrepreneur and creative force in the advertising and television industries before embarking on a full-time literary career in 2014. He has founded over a dozen companies, including The R2C Group, an agency he founded with his wife Michelle Cardinal, which has grown to become among the largest independent advertising agencies in the country. He’s published dozens of essays, short stories, and two books, including his 2017 collection, Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face, and Other Tales of Men in Pain. Three of the stories from the collection are currently being adapted into a television series. He graduated from the University of Montana, and received his MFA from Pacific University. He and Michelle split their time between Santa Ynez, California, and the Columbia Gorge in Washington.

After working with students for nearly ten years, and hearing them say, "I hate writing" one too many times, Jenny Sheetsdecided to do something about it. She created the digital storyboarding app, Storysquares. Not knowing anything about the tech world, Sheets has relied on her experience as an educator, mentor, and her undergrad degree in English and Philosophy, and a Masters in Public Administration to build the business. When not "tech-ing" it up, she is writing for regional publications and businesses, and pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Montana. 

Debra Magpie Earling teaches Fiction and Storytelling at the University of Montana. Her novel Perma Red (Putnam, 2002) won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award, The Washington State Fiction Award, and the American Book Award. The Lost Journals of Sacajewea (Koch editions, 2010), a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch, re-invents the life of Sacajewea. The rare museum piece book is exhibited in some of the great libraries including the New York Public Library and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.

 

Legendary Editor: A Conversation with Gary Fisketjon

3:10 - 4 pm

Gary Fisketjon, Editor & VP of Knopf
David Gates, Moderator

Gary Fisketjon worked at Random House, Vintage Books, and the Atlantic Monthly Press until 1990, when he joined Alfred A. Knopf, where he is now Vice President and Editor at Large. Authors he has published have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Booker Prize, the Nobel Prize, the Award in Literature and the E.M. Forster Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Wallace Stegner Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Minnesota Book Award, the Mississippi Authors Award, the California Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, the  Southeastern Booksellers Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Commonwealth Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award,  the PEN/Malamud Award, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award, the Richard Wright Award, the Rea Award,  the Prix Médicis, the Prix Femina, the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine, the Jerusalem Prize, and the Yomiuri Literary Prize.  These writers include Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Ned Beauman, Joseph Boyden, Elizabeth Brundage. Peter Carey, Raymond Carver, Martin Clark, Jonathan Coe, Nik Cohn, Andre Dubus, Bret Easton Ellis, Isabel Fonseca, Richard Ford, Joshua Furst, David Gates, Tim Gautreaux, Martha Gellhorn, Peter Geye, Spalding Gray, Allan Gurganus, Kent Haruf, Patricia Highsmith, Robert Hobbs, Janet Hobhouse, Michel Houllebecq, Kazuo Ishiguro, Lee Clay Johnson, William Kittredge, Beverly Lowry, Jim Lynch, Cormac McCarthy, Thomas McGuane, Jay McInerney, Haruki Murakami, Bruce Murkoff, Redmond O’Hanlon, Alix Ohlin, Jonathan Raban, Adam Ross, Richard Russo, Keith Scribner, Jim Shepard, Mona Simpson, Mark Spragg, Graham Swift, Donna Tartt, Rupert Thomson, Gore Vidal, Joy Williams, Jeanette Winterson, Geoffrey Wolff, Tobias Wolff, and Steve Yarbrough. 

David Gates is the author of the novels Jernigan and Preston Falls and two collections of stories, The Wonders of the Invisible World and A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me. His fiction has appeared in such magazines as The New YorkerEsquireGQTin House and Ploughshares. His nonfiction has appeared in Newsweek, where he was a longtime writer and editor, The New YorkerThe New York Times Book ReviewBookforumGQRolling StoneH.O.W.The Oxford American and the Journal of Country Music. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and his books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Gates teaches both fiction and nonfiction at the University of Montana.

Women, Writing, Work, Wisdom

4:10 - 5 pm

Sarah Aswell, Comedian / Writer
Heather Cahoon, Policy Scholar / Writer
Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Professor at Seattle University / Writer
Jenny Montgomery, Owner of the Montgomery Distillery / Writer
Jenny Sheets, MFA Student / Writer
Susanna Sonnenberg, Writing Instructor / Writer
Judy Blunt, Moderator

Sarah Aswell received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana in 2006. Since then, she has worked freelance as a journalist, corporate content strategist, humor writer, and stand-up comedian. Her work has appeared in places like The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Advocate, National Lampoon, Funny or Die, Splitsider, and many more. She is also a regular contributor of feminist satire to Reductress. Sarah regularly performs stand-up comedy across Montana and is an alum of the Big Sky Comedy Festival. She's married to another UM MFA alum, Ben Fowlkes, who is a fiction writer and sports journalist. They live in Missoula and have two young daughters.  

Heather Cahoon received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana where she was the recipient of the Richard Hugo Memorial Scholarship and a Merriam Frontier Award for publication of her chapbook, Elk Thirst. She also received a Montana Arts Council Artist Innovation Award to support the completion of her book-length poetry manuscript entitled, Horsefly Dress. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications including Hanging Loose, Lit Hub, South Dakota Review, Big Sky Journal, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, and has been anthologized in New Poets of the American West, Poems Across the Big Sky: An Anthology of Montana Poets and Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing. Cahoon is also a painter and policy scholar who holds an Interdisciplinary PhD in history, anthropology and Native American Studies. She is from the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana and is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is the author of several books, including being first editor of the revolutionary Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. She has authored multiple articles, poetry collections, encyclopedia entries and in 2015 was awarded the Provost's Inaugural Award for Scholarship, Research and Creativity at Seattle University; in 2017 she received the Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Arts and Sciences. She also recently served as the Director for the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. Her poetry collection ¿How Many Indians Can We Be? is forthcoming. She recently published The Runaway Poems with Finishing Line Press, and a second edited collection of Chican@ literary criticism about Norma Cantú's oeuvre, Word Images: New Perspectives on Canícula and Other Works by Norma E. Cantú with the University of Arizona Press. She has represented the US as an American poet in India, Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy and various countries in Central and South America, as well as Mexico.  

Jenny (Seymore) Montgomery publishes poetry in a variety of journals and is at work on a book of graphic nonfiction about disability history. Her poetry installations have been shown at galleries in Montana and Washington. Montgomery earned her Ph.D. in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia. Currently she studies poetry as an MFA candidate at the University of Montana. She is a disability advocate with the national grassroots group ADAPT and local nonprofit Summit Independent Living. She lives here in Missoula, where she owns a distillery with her husband.

After working with students for nearly ten years, and hearing them say, "I hate writing" one too many times, Jenny Sheetsdecided to do something about it. She created the digital storyboarding app, Storysquares. Not knowing anything about the tech world, Sheets has relied on her experience as an educator, mentor, and her undergrad degree in English and Philosophy, and a Masters in Public Administration to build the business. When not "tech-ing" it up, she is writing for regional publications and businesses, and pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Montana. 

Susanna Sonnenberg is the author of two best-selling memoirs, Her Last Death and She Matters: A Life in Friendships. Her work has appeared in many magazines, newspapers and anthologies, and she regularly teaches writing workshops in Missoula and elsewhere.  She has lived in Missoula for 25 years.

Judy Blunt spent more than 30 years on wheat and cattle ranches in northeastern Montana, before leaving that life to attend the University of Montana. Her best-selling memoir, Breaking Clean, was published by Knopf in 2002 and met with wide critical acclaim. Her essays explore the complexity of growing up a girl in cowboy country.  She challenges the Hollywood mythology but honors the ranching community, paying tribute to a West few people know from the inside out.  In her current research, she documents turn-of-the-century homesteaders’ narratives. These are the stories that showed generations how to live where the land doesn’t want you, the rules of behavior and expectation and hope handed down from mother to daughter like recipes, like old love letters. Recognition of Blunt’s work includes a PEN/Jerard Fund Award for nonfiction, the 2001 Whiting Writers’ Award, 2003 Mountains and Plains Bookseller’s Award, Willa Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year, and a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts writer’s fellowship.  Blunt received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2005.  She is a University of Montana Professor who teaches creative nonfiction courses.


 

 

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Mar
4
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series! This week featuring Skylar Salvatore and Karin Schalm!

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in the University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. 

Skylar Salvatore

Skylar is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Montana. She is originally from Florida and earned her BA at Pace University in English Literature and Gender Studies. 

 

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Karin Schalm

Karin Schalm has published in Camas, CutBank, ep;phany, The Sun and other journals. Her poems appear in Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Federico García Lorca, Poems Across the Big Sky II, Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing and Lilac City Fairy Tales (Volumes 2 – 4). She earned an MFA from the University of Montana where she currently serves as the Creative Writing Program Coordinator.

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The Second Wind Reading Series, this week featuring Taylor White & Brady Harrison
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series, this week featuring Taylor White & Brady Harrison

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in the University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. 

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Taylor White

Taylor is a historian, a fiction dabbler, and the brains of the operation. Between slush piles, she enjoys ranting about popular historical narratives' failures, road trips with her pooch, unreasonable, quasi-artistic projects, and coffee.

Dark humor, strange voices, uncomfortable truths, and the unusual grotesque spin at the core of her reading and writing interests. 

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Brady Harrison’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Cardinal Sins, Cerise Press, J Journal, The Long Story, Mattoid, The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, Serving House Journal, and Wascana Review, among other literary journals.  His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and a novella, "The Dying Athabaskan," recently won the Publisher's Long Story Prize from Twelve Winters Press.  Recent poetry appears in the anthology, Poems Across the Big Sky II.  He has also edited two books on Montana literature, These Living Songs:  Reading Montana Poetry and All Our Stories Are Here:  Critical Approaches to Montana Literature.  His most recent book is the co-edited collection, Punk Rock Warlord:  The Life and Music of Joe Strummer.  He lives in Missoula, Montana, and teaches at the University of Montana.

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Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

Sanjiv Bhattacharya delivers his lecture, “The I’s Have it: First Person Structure in Nonfiction,” w/reading that evening.

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Join us in welcoming Sanjiv Bhattacharya Friday, Feb 23, for a lecture at noon, and nonfiction reading at 7:00 p.m. in UM's Turner Hall.

“We are excited to welcome Sanjiv to the University of Montana,” said Judy Blunt, UM creative writing professor. “Caroline Leavitt writes that Sanjiv ‘sheds blazing new light on this incredible diverse society … He lets us in on his own spiritual leanings in a way that is both personal, profound and grippingly entertaining.’ You’ll know what she means when you hear him read.”

Sanjiv Bhattacharya will deliver his lecture, “The I’s Have it: First Person Structure in Nonfiction,” from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Turner Hall’s Dell Brown Room, followed by a nonfiction reading at 7 p.m. Both are sponsored through the President’s Writers-in-Residence Series and UM’s Creative Writing program.

Bhattacharya is the U.S. correspondent for Esquire (U.K.), a member of the nonfiction faculty at the Pacific University MFA in Writing program in Oregon, and a freelancer for various publications, such as Telegraph, The Guardian and others. Originally from London, he became a features editor at GQ Magazine in the U.K. before moving to Los Angeles in 2000, where he has written about subcultures, fringe groups, celebrities and entertainment, and crime and lifestyle.

In 2005, his documentary about Mormon polygamy aired on the British public-service TV network Channel 4 and led to his 2011 book-length investigation, Secrets and Wives. In 2008, he moved to India for a couple of years to edit men’s lifestyle magazines in both Bombay and Delhi. The Professional Publishers Association nominated Bhattacharya for Consumer Magazine Writer of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Bhattacharya has interviewed celebrities Joaquin Phoenix, Mary J. Blige, Ewan McGregor and Jon Hamm in his recent articles.

Both UM events are free and open to the public. For more information email Karin Schalm, UM Creative Writing program coordinator, at karin.schalm@umontana.edu or visit http://hs.umt.edu/creativewriting/.

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Second Wind Reading Series, featuring Melissa Kwasny & Jordan Chesnut
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind Reading Series, featuring Melissa Kwasny & Jordan Chesnut

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in the University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. 

Jordan Chesnut predicts it'll be "2nd Wind's 2018 rendition of 'poets-theatre'... maybe peppered with Middle English in the introduction by Rachel Smith." 

Jordan says, "I'm the Valentine's Day Special. Let them know I want them to know that."

And now you know.

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Melissa Kwasny, a visiting professor for Spring 2018, is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today, published by the University of Washington Press in its Pacific Northwest Poetry Series, and a collection of essays, Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision. She co-edited, with M.L. Smoker an anthology of poetry in defense of global human rights, I Go to the Ruined Place, and edited Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1959, a book which brings together many of the great prose pieces by the most influential European and American poets from the Romantics to the Symbolists, Surrealists, and Moderns. Widely published in journals, including Willow Springs, Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Orion, Bellingham Review, Kenyon Review, and Boston Review, her poems and essays are also included in the anthologies The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Josh Corey and G.C. Waldrep, eds.), Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart (Carolyn Patterson, editor), Poems Across the Big Sky and New Poets of the American West (both edited by Lowell Jaeger), as well as in West of 98: Living and Writing the American West (Russell Rowland and Lynn Stegner, eds.) A book of nonfiction investigating the cultural history of animals and our clothing, Putting on the Dog, will appear from Trinity University Press in 2018.

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Listen to "Another Letter To The Soul: The Poetry Of Melissa Kwasny" on Sarah Aronson's The Write Question MTPR podcast.

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UM welcomes author Gina Ochsner for craft lecture & reading.
Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

UM welcomes author Gina Ochsner for craft lecture & reading.

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The University of Montana is thrilled to welcome Gina Ochsner this week, presenting a fiction craft lecture titled “Mistakes I Have Made and Great Advice I Wish I Had Taken to Heart” at noon on Friday, Feb. 9, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.

The author will give a reading the same day in the same location at 7 p.m.

Both the lecture and the reading are free and open to the public, sponsored by the President’s Writers-in-Residence Series and the UM Creative Writing Program.

Ochsner teaches writing and literature at Corban University in Salem, Oregon, and with Seattle Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA program. She is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall, which was selected for the Flannery O’Connor Award, and the collection People I Wanted to Be. Both collections received the Oregon Book Award.

Her first novel, The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight, was released in 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and her latest novel, The Hidden Letters of Velta B, will be out in paperback this summer.

Regarding her upcoming novel about a family of Latvian gravediggers, Ochsner said: 

“If people only wrote what they feel like they knew, we’d have very little being written. My goal is to find the thematic strands that apply to us all, that have a universal message that would be true for anyone. I am always looking for the next location or the next thematic tangle that I want to explore.”

Visit GinaOchsner.com to learn more about the author, and view a .pdf presskit for The Hidden Letters of Velta B.

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Second Wind Reading Series kicks off with Pia Baur & David Gates
Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind Reading Series kicks off with Pia Baur & David Gates

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Come join us to hear the illustrious David Gates and the diesel-fueled stylings of Pia Baur. 

Pia Baur says...
"I’m a writer, but I hate writing about myself. If I had to describe myself in a sentence: European-born, Bay-Area-raised, and a current Missoula resident. I’m most at home on the road, especially on a highway that grazes a beautiful coastline."

David Gates is the author of the novels Jernigan and Preston Falls and two collections of stories, The Wonders of the Invisible World and A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me. His fiction has appeared in such magazines as The New YorkerEsquireGQTin House and Ploughshares. His nonfiction has appeared in Newsweek, where he was a longtime writer and editor, The New YorkerThe New York Times Book ReviewBookforumGQRolling StoneH.O.W.The Oxford American and the Journal of Country Music. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and his books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Read Gates' latest over at The New Yorker. Here's "Texas." And here's a clip of the author reading from the story.

Not this David Gates!  :-)

Join us in welcoming this week's readers at Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main Street, in Missoula, Montana.

Have a start of the semester drink, paper boat of free popcorn, or just sit and listen. Come early for a good seat!

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Pete Fromm prose reading at 7 pm – Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Pete Fromm prose reading at 7 pm – Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.

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Pete Fromm, the University of Montana fall 2017 Distinguished Kittredge Writer, will read his prose at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Turner Hall’s Dell Brown Room. The reading, which will feature excerpts from both of his memoirs, is free and open to the public.

Fromm’s latest book is the memoir The Names of the Stars: A Life in the Wilds. In the book, Fromm seeks out the source of his passion for wilderness while exploring fatherhood and mortality.

In his first memoir, Indian Creek Chronicles, he delivers a personal account of seven winter months spent alone in a tent in Idaho guarding salmon eggs and coming face-to-face with the blunt realities of life as a contemporary mountain man. It has been described as a “gripping story of adventure and a modern-day Walden.” Dubbed a “contemporary classic,” it is used in many high school classrooms.

Fromm is a five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his novels If Not for ThisAs Cool As I Am, and How All This Started, his story collection Dry Rain, and Indian Creek Chronicles. The film of As Cool As I Am was released in 2013. He is also the author of four other story collections and has published 200 stories in magazines.

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Francis Davis reads from WEST OF LOVE
Nov
18
1:00 PM13:00

Francis Davis reads from WEST OF LOVE

Saturday, November 18, at Shakespeare & Co.Francis Davis reads from his collection of short stories, West of Love. 

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Francis Davis was born and raised in Philadelphia, but has lived most of his adult life in the West. A finalist for the 2016 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction for West of Love, his debut collection of stories, he’s won writing fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, The Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. His stories have appeared in Story, Natural Bridge, and Weber: The Contemporary West, among other publications. A graduate of the University of Montana’s MFA program in fiction, Davis lives with his wife and three children in Dillon, Montana, where he’s an Assistant Professor of English at University of Montana Western.

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About West of Love:
Staring down heartbreak and regret, Stewart Simmons flees a haunted Philadelphia for the beauty of the West. In a raw, yet lyrical, voice that gives life to the urgency and appetites of youth, West of Love presents a picture of the human heart—one that offers a testament to how we heal, how we go on.

"West of Love is a fierce and moving elegy to young love in a world that's about to change, in essential ways, forever. The narrator of these linked stories tries to plumb his life and attachments in the '90s for clues to the man he is in middle age, and he does so in a pungent and obsessive voice that aches with yearning for the mysterious just-beyond. A memorable debut collection by a writer who knows how to get to the heart of it."--Deirdre McNamer, author of Red Rover.

"Francis Davis has horses to spare, a thousand of them under a sleek hood, and when you get in the muscle car called West of Love, it will set a burn in you like none other! The stories in this fast, clean, engine of a book are powerful, all-American in their existential sweep, ironic undertow, and miraculous facility with the crucible called life. Get ready for torque, wonder, desolation, and transcendence. This one is on fire!"--Shann Ray, author of Balefire and winner of the American Book Award.

"Rarely is the self-examination of a character's past rendered with such unabashed clarity as in these rich and heartfelt stories. In Stewart Simmons, the narrator of these linked stories, Davis has created a true to life character whose vulnerable willingness to speak honestly about the complexities of sexual identity, love and the interior workings of the human heart feels revelatory. The stories will stay with you, long after the book has been put down."--Daryl Farmer, author of Where We Land.

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Second Wind Reading Series feat. Emma Pfeiffer & Kevin Canty
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind Reading Series feat. Emma Pfeiffer & Kevin Canty

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers.

 Emma Pfeiffer

Emma Pfeiffer

Emma Pfeiffer
This week the program presents CutBank's own Emma Pfeiffer. Emma is a recovering seasonal park ranger, and a dual degree candidate for the MFA in nonfiction and MS in environmental studies. She's also an intersectional feminist, a wanderer, a cat lover, and (secretly) a poet. Her work has appeared in The Toast. Emma also serves as Interviews Editor for CutBank.

Kevin Canty
Kevin Canty's eighth book, a novel called The Underworld, was published by W. W. Norton in early 2017. He is also the author of three previous collections of short stories (Where the Money Went,  Honeymoon, and A Stranger In This World) and four novels (Nine Below Zero, Into the Great Wide Open, Winslow in Love and Everything). His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, Tin House, GQ, Glimmer Train, Story, the New England Review, Best American Short Stories 2015and elsewhere; essays and articles in Vogue, Details, Playboy, the New York Times and the Oxford American, among many others. His work has been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, German, Polish, Italian and Japanese.

Join us in welcoming this week's readers at Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main Street, in Missoula, Montana. The readings begin at 6 pm: Come early for a good seat!

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Second Wind Reading Series feat. Aya Satoh & Caroline Patterson
Oct
8
to Oct 10

Second Wind Reading Series feat. Aya Satoh & Caroline Patterson

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers.

 Aya Satoh

Aya Satoh

This week the program presents CutBank's own poetry editor, Aya Satoh, MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Montana, and co-host of the Second Wind Reading Series. Aya was born in Nagoya, Japan, grew up in Massachusetts, and designed personal libraries in New York City before moving to Missoula last year. 

Caroline Patterson has been teaching for the Missoula Writing Collaborative since 2009 and at the University of Montana-Missoula since 2002. The author of Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart, two children’s books on the natural world, Patterson has published numerous short stories in journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Outside, Southwest Review and Seventeen, and was awarded fellowships including the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction and an award from the San Francisco Foundation and the Henfield Foundation. (Caroline's bio is from The Missoula Writing Collaborative's website.)

Join us in welcoming this week's readers at Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main Street, in Missoula, Montana. The readings begin at 6 pm: Come early for a good seat!

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Sep
30
3:15 PM15:15

Montana Book Festival: CutBank Reading

Come join CutBank at the Montana Book Festival. Our editors Georgia Dennison (Poetry), Liana Imam (Fiction), Emma Pfeiffer (Nonfiction), and Zack Rybak (Poetry) will be reading some of their stunning work.

Saturday, September 30. 3:15 - 4:30 pm.
At the Public House, 130 East Broadway, Missoula, Montana 59802

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The Montana Book Festival 2017
Sep
27
to Oct 1

The Montana Book Festival 2017

Festival buttons are like literary laminates. Get yours at the Fact and Fiction bookstore, or Shakespeare and Co. bookstore here in Missoula. From the festival's Facebook page: "Do you have your button yet? It gives you admission to some of the big Festival events, like the gala reading with Jane Smiley, the Montana Noir panel, the erotic fan fiction reading, and more! Don't forget to check out our other offers, too: workshops, agent pitch sessions, and manuscript consultations!" September 27-October 1

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Round Two of the Second Wind Reading Series, Autumn 2017!
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Round Two of the Second Wind Reading Series, Autumn 2017!

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 8 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

This night's program features UM MFA candidate and Cutbank Poetry Editor, Georgia Dennison, and Pete Fromm, UM's Fall 2017 Distinguished Kittredge Writer. 

 Georgia Dennison

Georgia Dennison

Georgia Dennison is an MFA candidate in poetry and a writing instructor at the University of Montana. She was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts and received her B.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida. Her writing interests include clogged drains, empty rivers and sand dollars. In the last five years, she has lived in California, North Carolina, Maine and New York City. In Missoula, Montana, surrounded by mystical writers and yellow-gold mountains, she has found yet another home and a valley of refuge for her work.

 Pete Fromm

Pete Fromm

Pete Fromm, our Fall 2017 Distinguished Kittredge Writer, is teaching a graduate fiction workshop and a multi-genre course called "Writing Into the Wilds." Fromm's latest book is the memoir The Names of the Stars (St. Martins, 2016). He is a five time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his novels If Not For ThisAs Cool As I Am, and How All This Started, his story collection Dry Rain, and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles. The film of As Cool As I Am was released in 2013. He is also the author of four other story collections and has published two hundred stories in magazines.

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Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series, Autumn 2017, begins tonight!

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 8 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

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Tonight's program features CutBank's Editor-in-Chief, Bryn Agnew, and Sarah Vap, UM's Fall 2017 Distinguished Hugo Writer. 

 Sarah Vap

Sarah Vap

Sarah Vap is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Viability (Penguin 2016), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Her book of hybrid poetics, End of the Sentimental Journey, inaugurated the Infidel Poetics Series with Noemi Press (2013). She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for poetry and has taught at Arizona State University, University of Southern California, and Drew University.

 Bryn Agnew

Bryn Agnew

 

Bryn has worked as a ranch hand, janitor, and construction worker. He is a second-year fiction candidate and bookseller at Missoula's Fact & Fiction. He has a BA and MA in creative writing from the University of North Texas. His stories and essays have appeared in Mid-American Review, the Nottingham Review, and North Texas Review. He enjoys writing that stimulates emotionally and intellectually, that crackles with life at every turn.

 

 

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AWP Offsite Event: Chapbook Release Party and Reading
Feb
9
8:30 PM20:30

AWP Offsite Event: Chapbook Release Party and Reading

Join us for the release of our 2017 chapbook selections at the Colony Club in Washington DC! Our three winning authors--Raven Jackson, Lisa Hiton, and Wendell Mayo--will read selections from their work. Chapbooks will be available for purchase. Full author bios available here: http://www.cutbankonline.org/#/magazine-2/new-chapbooks/

Free! (one drink minimum)

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CutBank Winter Formal
Dec
3
9:30 PM21:30

CutBank Winter Formal

Mark your calendars for the CutBank WINTER FORMAL! This year's holiday party/end-of-semester extrava-gala-ganza will be prom themed, so put on your high school best and corner your crush at their locker. Bow ties, corsages, sparkles, and dresses in tasteless primary colors highly encouraged. No need to hide your flask or dodge any chaperones. We're adults now!

$5 requested donation at the door, all proceeds go toward the winter issue. We'll provide the music, the twinkle lights, and a limited amount of boozey punch. BYO additional beverages!

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Montana Book Festival: CutBank Afterparty
Sep
24
to Sep 25

Montana Book Festival: CutBank Afterparty

The Montana Book Festival is the West's preeminent literary event and includes over 150 authors from across the U.S., readings, author signings, panels, workshops, a youth festival, special events, exhibits and a bookfair.

Keep the literary party alive with CutBank's after party at Le Petit Outre. We'll clear the floor and bust a move. There will be a DJ, there will be drinks, there will be a disco light. Not to be missed! 

For more information, visit http://www.montanabookfestival.org/schedule/

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AWP Off-Site Event: Best of the West
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

AWP Off-Site Event: Best of the West

Join The Los Angeles Review, Pacifica Literary Review, and CutBank for a Best of the West Reading at Villains Tavern in the LA Arts District.

Featuring Siel Ju, Madgalawit Makonnen, Jeff Walt, William Camponovo, Corinne Manning, Catherine Pond, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, and Caleb Tankersley. For full author bios, click here.

Free! (one-drink minimum)

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CUTBANK HOLIDAY PARTY
Dec
5
to Dec 6

CUTBANK HOLIDAY PARTY

CutBank Literary Magazine is having a party to celebrate the holiday season! There will be live music by Uplanders, Second Sleep, THE BRIAN WRIGHT HOLIDAY VARIETY HOUR and others! Dress up real nice and come dance with us. We guarantee cheap drinks and good times.

Entry is free, but we will be accepting donations to help the magazine should the holiday spirit strike you.

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