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, November 4th, for an evening with Missoula’s own Jenny Montgomery, and author Chris La Tray.
Jenny Montgomery has published poetry and essays in publications such as Barrow Street, Tar River, CALYX, Unsplendid, the New York Times, and the Cairo Times. Her poetry installations have been shown at galleries in Montana and Washington. She is at work on a graphic novel about a Robin Hood-themed cerebral palsy summer camp. She is a disability advocate with ADAPT and runs Montgomery Distillery with her husband Ryan.
Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in various regional and national publications. His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World at Large was published in August by Riverfeet Press (Livingston, MT).
Chris is Chippewa-Cree Métis, and is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He lives in Missoula, MT.
Short poems and essays from the world at large
by Chris La Tray
"This is a sunrise book, a book of revelations, of creekwalks and roadfood and ordinary sadnesses, ordinary joys—which are, in the end, the only kind. ‘I have a stake in this,’ La Tray writes. And so do you. So do you.”
— Joe Wilkins, author of The Mountain and the Fathers, When We Were Birds, and Notes from the Journey Westward
"Chris La Tray's One-Sentence Journal is a celebration of words, and the way even very few words, in the right hands, can capture the wonder in every single day.”
— Ana Maria Spagna, author of Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going; Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw; and Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness
“Chris LaTray is the real deal – authentic, with a heart as wide as the big skies of Montana."
— Gary Ferguson, author of The Carry Home, Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, and Through the Woods: A Journey Through America’s Forests
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