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Second Wind, Sunday March 10: Featuring Callie Ann Atkinson and Amy Ratto-Parks


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, March 10, for an evening of reading with Callie Ann Atkinson and Amy Ratto-Parks.


Callie Ann Atkinson is from a small farm outside of Belfry, Montana, where her family raises Galloway cattle and she raises and trains Paints and Quarter Horses. She grew up, with her two sisters, riding horses bareback and barefoot, being homeschooled by her ecologist parents, and writing every spare moment she could. While Callie currently lives in Missoula, she travels home to Belfry as often as she can, accompanied by her dog, Brydie, and her parakeet, Keats, who sings along with the radio the entire way. Callie holds a MFA in Poetry from Spalding University and is a MFA in Fiction candidate at University of Montana. She has served as a student editor for The Louisville Review and CutBank. Her work has appeared in Farming MagazineThe Small Farmers Journal, The Whitefish ReviewThe Best Emerging Poets (Z Publishing), and most recently The Louisville Review.

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Amy Ratto Parks’s poetry, fiction, and essays appear in literary, popular, and academic journals. She is the author of the book How to Remember the World, (forthcoming, 2019), and two poetry chapbooks, Song of Days, Torn and Mended and Bread and Water Body, the winner of the Merriam Frontier Chapbook Prize. She is the Assistant Director of Composition and the Executive Director of the Institute of Health and Humanities at the University of Montana. Visit for more information.

Our Spring Schedule:

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

January 20th (Martin Luther King Day, a three-day weekend)
Student Reader: Carlos Medina
Guest Reader: Molly Priddy

February 3rd
Student Reader: Miranda Morgan
Guest Reader: Callan Wink

February 10th
Student Reader: Emma Spencer
Guest Reader: Susan Elizabeth Shepherd

February 17th (Part of Presidents’ Day weekend)
Student Reader: Amelia Morand
Guest Reader: Prageeta Sharma

February 24th
Student Reader: Melissa Phelan
Guest Reader: David James Duncan

March 3rd
Student Reader: Dwight Curtis
Guest Reader: Dee McNamer

March 10th (It’s daylight savings time!)
Student Reader: Callie Atkinson
Guest Reader: Amy Ratto-Parks

March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day)
Student Reader: Jenny Sheets
Guest Reader: Rachel Mindell


April 7th
Student Reader: Tommy D’Addario
Guest Reader: Chris D’Ombrowski

April 14th (Palm Sunday)
Student Reader: Jonathan Pierce
Guest Reader: Karin Schalm

April 21-- Final Reading!
Student Reader: Jesse Durovey
Guest Reader: Henrietta Goodman