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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