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. Admission is free!
Join us this Sunday, September 23rd, for Second Wind number 3 of the season, featuring UM’s Riley Woods, and Missoula poet, Robert Lee.
Riley Woods was born in and raised in the horse country of Ocala, Florida. He received an Associate in Arts in Pre-Pharmacy from the College of Central Florida before transferring to Stetson University and completing a Bachelor’s Degree in English. He is currently a second-year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Montana. His poetry has been published by several journals, including Obra/Artifact, Rogue Agent, Backlash Press, and The Bees are Dead.
Visit Riley’s work online:
“Shadow on the Orange Grove” at the Rogue Agent Journal.
“George Clooney Steps in Drying Concrete” at The Bees are Dead.
“A Bad Case of Conclusion” at obra/artifact. (Link opens the issue in .pdf format)
Robert Lee writes:
“I am excited to read for Second Wind. It will be the third time I've been honored with this opportunity. I read the first time as an MFA student in the early nineties. I was a poetry student at the time but wrote and read a short story, "Big Ears," which was later published in the anthology New Montana Stories. After my Second Wind reading of this story, Leonard Robinson invited me to his final novel writing class. In that class I began my thesis which would in 1997 become my novel, Guiding Elliott, published by Lyon's Press. (Republished in 2013 by Mountain Press in Missoula and still available.) I am a believer that any time you get the opportunity to read or display your art, you should do so--good things often result.
“My first serious publication was in CutBank during my student years, and I remain proud of that poem. Since, I've had work published in Montana Magazine, the anthologies Poems Across the Big Sky I & II and New Montana Stories as well as in Talking River Review, cold drill, Cedilla, Connotations, Northern Journeys, and others.”
Robert taught creative writing for the Missoula Writing Collaborative for twenty years, as well as three autumns in Hydaburg Alaska, a small Haida Indian village on Prince of Wales Island, an experience that inspired his poetry chapbook Black Bear Holds a Hole in His Paws.
“I've also taught in Arlee, Seeley Lake, Potomac, Ovando, Bonner, Missoula Big Sky high school, Lowell Elementary and Loyola high school, among others. I am particularly proud of my 20-year association with the AERIE and AERIE INTERNATIONAL programs at Missoula Big Sky.”
Robert’s poetry collection, Breath, was recently released by Foothills Publishing and he plans to read from that book as well as some poems in progress. “Aside from writing,” he says, “I enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, riding my bicycle, cooking and canning. I will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of my marriage to the lovely Rosemary Lynch on the evening of my Second Wind Reading, September 23rd.”
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: Emily Freeman, Nonfiction
Student Reader: Joe Kirk, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Philip Schaefer, Poetry
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