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Second Wind features a night of poetry and fiction, with Miles Jochem and David Allan Cates.

  • 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 7th, for a night of poetry and prose featuring UM’s Miles Jochem and Missoula author David Allan Cates.

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Miles Jochem

Miles Jochem grew up in Bozeman and attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He is pursuing degrees in both Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Montana. Miles enjoys skiing, hunting, hiking, and debating the intricacies of postmodern poetic identity with his illustrious classmates, students, and colleagues. He has visited five continents, including Antarctica, and still believes that Montana is the most beautiful place on Earth.

David Allan Cates

David Allan Cates is the author of five novels, and a poetry chapbook. His novels are Hunger In America, a New York Times Notable Book, X Out Of Wonderland and Freeman Walker, both Montana Book Award Honor Books, and Ben Armstrong’s Strange Trip Home and Tom Connor’s Gift, both of which won a Gold Medals for Best Fiction in the independent Book Publishers Book awards.

He is the winner of the 2011 Montana Arts Council’s Innovative Artist Award and his short story, “Rubber Boy,” (Glimmer Train 70) is a distinguished story in the 2010 Best American Short Stories. His stories and poems have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, and his travel articles in Outside Magazine and the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler.

For 18 years, until Feb, 2017, Cates was the executive director of Missoula Medical Aid. He coordinated and interpreted for fifty medical teams that provided public health and surgery services in Honduras. In Missoula he worked with the Missoula Writing Collaborative, teaching classes on the short story in public high schools, and he is currently a part-time faculty in the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. 

For many years he worked as a fishing guide on the Smith River, and raised cattle on his family’s farm in Wisconsin, and played professional basketball in Costa Rica. He and his wife, Rosalie, raised three daughters here in Missoula. 

And here's a link to Cates’ work. Enjoy!

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