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.
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.
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: https://melissa-stephenson.squarespace.com/
A craft essay: https://lithub.com/how-i-wrote-my-memoir-one-notecard-at-a-time/
Some memoir flash pieces: https://blackbird.vcu.edu/v17n1/nonfiction/stephenson-m/index.shtml
And an essay essay: https://narratively.com/author/melissa-stephenson/
Our Autumn Schedule:
Student Reader: Barry Maxwell, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Stephanie Land, Nonfiction
Student Reader: Peggy Jo Pabustan, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Stacy Szymaszek, Poetry
Student Reader: Riley Woods, Poetry
Guest Reader: Robert Lee, Poetry
Student Reader: Catalina Baker, Fiction
Guest Reader: Sarah Aswell, Nonfiction
Student Reader: Miles Jochem, Poetry
Guest Reader: David Cates, Fiction
Student Reader: Emma Neslund, Poetry
Guest Reader: Melissa Stephenson, Nonfiction
Student Reader: David Queen, Fiction
Guest Reader: Philip Schaefer, Poetry
Student Reader: Joe Kirk, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Emily Freeman, Nonfiction
Student Reader: Jenny Montgomery, Poetry
Guest Reader: Chris La Tray, Nonfiction/Poetry
Student Reader: Kylie Westerlind, Fiction
Guest Reader: Sarah Aronson, Poetry
Student Reader: Maren Schiffer, Poetry
Guest Reader: Emily Withnall, Nonfiction
Student Reader: Amanda Wilgus, Fiction
Guest Reader: Kevin Canty, Fiction