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The Second Wind Reading Series, this Sunday featuring Peggy Jo Pabustan & Stacy Szymaszek

  • Kulture Kava 420 North Higgins Avenue Missoula, MT, 59802 United States (map)

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, and we'll also be featuring an open mic intermission!

Join us this Sunday, September 16th, for Second Wind number 2 of the season, featuring UM’s Peggy Pabustan, and our Hugo Visiting Writer, Stacy Szymaszek

Peggy Jo Pabustan

Peggy Pabustan is from Fontana, California, a former steel town where her parents worked as nurses at the first Kaiser Permanente hospital.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and is a Troy Philippines Alumnus.  Peggy has created two experimental theater "Studio" pieces for the Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater in Los Angeles, CA, she was a Can Serrat artist in residency in Barcelona, Spain, and her book        Tender, Tinder, Tarot, Teacher was published with a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and was featured at the LA Art Book Fair by the High Desert Test Sites Arts Non-Profit where she had worked as their blogger.  Peggy has been mentioned in two Art Forum articles for her art pieces.  She is also one of the Truman Capote Scholarship recipients at the University of Montana where she is finishing her master’s degree in Creative Writing Non-Fiction.  Peggy also works for the Forest Service as an all abilities 508 accessibility editor and lives with her partner Travis, a high school special-ed resource counselor at Sentinel High School in Missoula.  Peggy and Travis plan to live on a farm in Arlee, MT someday.

Photo: Laura Henriksen

Photo: Laura Henriksen

Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, and arts administrator/organizer. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where in 1999 she started working for Woodland Pattern Book Center. She founded and edited seven issues of GAM, a free magazine featuring the work of poets living in the upper midwest. In 2005, she moved to NYC to work for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, where she served as Executive Director from 2007-2018. Szymaszek is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005), Hyperglossia (2009), hart island (2015), and Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (2016), which won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2017. Her book A Year From Today is forthcoming in fall 2018 with Nightboat Books. She is the recipient of a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, and mentor for Queer Art Mentorship

Szymaszek is the fall 2018 Hugo Visiting Writer at the University of Montana-Missoula and Poet-in-Resident at Brown University.

Enjoy a sampling of Szymaszek’s work:

You’ll find Szymaszek tweeting as @StacySzymaszek ‏  

And on Facebook at Stacy Szymaszek

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: Emily Freeman, Nonfiction

October 28th
Student Reader: Joe Kirk, Nonfiction
Guest Reader: Philip Schaefer, Poetry

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