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Second Wind, Sunday Nov 18: Featuring Maren Schiffer and Emily Withnall!

  • 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, November 18th, for an evening of reading with Maren Schiffer and Emily Withnall.

Can’t Sonnet by Maren Schiffer

Maren Schiffer grew up on the Central/ Southern coast of California. She's an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Montana, where she also teaches writing. She received an Academy of American Poets University Prize in 2018. Elsie is not actually her dog.


Emily Withnall is from the high mountain desert of northern New Mexico and she currently teaches and writes in Missoula, Montana. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, "Greetings from Janeland," (Cleis Press), Orion, The Indiana Review, Fourth River, Lunch Ticket, Ms. Magazine, and High Country News, among others. In 2016, Emily won first place in creative nonfiction for the AWP Writers' Conferences & Centers Award and was named a finalist for the Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Penelope Niven Award for Creative Nonfiction, and received a Fellowship to the Summer Fishtrap Writers Workshop. Most recently, she was selected for the 2018 Tin House Summer Writing Workshop. Emily is currently at work on a book that examines the parallels between domestic violence and hydraulic fracturing. 

Our Autumn Schedule:

Find us on Facebook: @SecondWind, Twitter: @2ndWindReadings,
Instagram for updates!

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