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Emma Neslund & Melissa Stephenson, live and in person!

  • Kulture Kava 420 North Higgins Avenue Missoula, MT, 59802 United States (map)
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Second Wind: a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers.

Readings are at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evenings at Kulture Kava, 420 N Higgins Ave in Missoula. (In the building behind Jimmy John’s) Admission is free!

Join us this Sunday, October 14th, for a night of poetry and prose featuring UM’s Emma Neslund, and the author of Driven, Missoula’s Melissa Stephenson.

Follow us on Facebook: @SecondWind, Twitter: @2ndWindReadings, & Instagram!

Emma Neslund

Emma grew up in Alaska, raised by a den of wolves. Since, she received her Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from Whitman College. She worked abroad in France (familiarizing herself with cheeses and "a-baguette-a-day"). She's come to appreciate a good haircut. And just yesterday she exploded a small flask of sulfuric acid in her Organic Chemistry lab. No one was injured. Always dipping her paws in, now she's howling her poetry while gunning to win "Best Server in Missoula" (plans somewhat frustrated by the shutdown of The Independent, the "Best of" award-distributor). Slightly awkward yet loveable, her foreseeable goals are to do a pull-up and win lots of prizes.   

Photo by Chris La Tray

Photo by Chris La Tray

Melissa Stephenson

Melissa Stephenson earned her B.A. in English from The University of Montana and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Rumpus, The Washington Post, ZYZZYVA, and Fourth Genre. Her memoir, Driven, was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July of 2018. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her two kids.

Links to Melissa’s work!
Melissa’s website:
A craft essay:
Some memoir flash pieces:
And an essay essay:

Our Autumn Schedule:

September 9th
Student Reader: Barry Maxwell, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Stephanie Land, Nonfiction

September 16th
Student Reader: Peggy Jo Pabustan, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Stacy Szymaszek, Poetry

September 23rd
Student Reader: Riley Woods, Poetry
Guest Reader: Robert Lee, Poetry

September 30th
Student Reader: Catalina Baker, Fiction
Guest Reader: Sarah Aswell, Nonfiction

October 7th
Student Reader: Miles Jochem, Poetry
Guest Reader: David Cates, Fiction

October 14th
Student Reader: Emma Neslund, Poetry
Guest Reader: Melissa Stephenson, Nonfiction

October 21st
Student Reader: David Queen, Fiction
Guest Reader: Philip Schaefer, Poetry

October 28th
Student Reader: Joe Kirk, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Emily Freeman, Nonfiction

November 4th
Student Reader: Jenny Montgomery, Poetry
Guest Reader: Chris La Tray, Nonfiction/Poetry

November 11th
Student Reader: Kylie Westerlind, Fiction
Guest Reader: Sarah Aronson, Poetry

November 18th
Student Reader: Maren Schiffer, Poetry
Guest Reader: Emily Withnall, Nonfiction

December 2nd
Student Reader: Amanda Wilgus, Fiction
Guest Reader: Kevin Canty, Fiction