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 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’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.