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 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.
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:
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