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Second Wind, Sunday February 17: Featuring Amelia Morand and Prageeta Sharma
Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind, Sunday February 17: Featuring Amelia Morand and Prageeta Sharma

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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, February 17, for an evening of reading with Amelia Morand and Prageeta Sharma.

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Amelia Morand grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Before coming to Montana, she completed her BS in Economics at Portland State University where she was awarded the Tom and Phyllis Burnham Scholarship for fiction. She recently received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's 2018 Short Story Award for New Writers, and her work has been featured in apt.

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Prageeta Sharma divides her time between Missoula, Montana and Seattle, Washington. She is the recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award, and author of poetry collections Bliss to Fill (2000), The Opening Question (2004), which won the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize, Infamous Landscapes (2007), Undergloom (2013), and the forthcoming Grief Sequence (Wave Books, 2019). Currently a professor of English at the University of Montana and Founder of the conference Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Art, Sharma will be joining the Pomona College English Department this fall as the Henry G. Lee '37 Professor of English.


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

NO SECOND WIND MARCH 24TH: SPRING BREAK
NO SECOND WIND MARCH 31ST: SPRING BREAK

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

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Second Wind, Sunday February 10 : Featuring Emma Spencer and Susan Elizabeth Shepard
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind, Sunday February 10 : Featuring Emma Spencer and Susan Elizabeth Shepard

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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, February 10, for an evening of reading with Emma Spencer and Susan Elizabeth Shepard.

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Emma Spencer is a second year MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Montana. She is a 2018-19 co-recipient of the Goedicke/Robinson scholarship. Originally from Ellensburg, Washington, Emma got her BA at Central Michigan University, where she studied music and English with a concentration in creative writing. She is also a member of the Missoula Symphony Chorale and choral ensembles at United Church of Christ in Missoula.

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Susan Elizabeth Shepard says:
I’m a writer currently living in Missoula, MT, and I most recently worked as a staff reporter and managing editor for special sections at a beloved alt-weekly, the Missoula Independent, which was closed in September 2018. You also might know me from the stories I’ve written about college football and free speechstripping during the Bakken boom, my role in founding Tits and Sass, or from Twitter.


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

NO SECOND WIND MARCH 24TH: SPRING BREAK
NO SECOND WIND MARCH 31ST: SPRING BREAK

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

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Second Wind, Sunday February 3: Featuring Miranda Morgan and Kittredge Visiting Writer Callan Wink
Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind, Sunday February 3: Featuring Miranda Morgan and Kittredge Visiting Writer Callan Wink

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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, February 3, for an evening of reading with Miranda Morgan and our Kittredge Visiting Writer Callan Wink.

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Miranda Morgan is an MFA candidate in nonfiction and a writing instructor at the University of Montana. She was born in Santa Fe, NM, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She’s worked in film development in LA and Austin.

Callan Wink is the author of Dog Run Moon: Stories and the novel, August (Dial Press/Random House, Spring '20).  He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His stories and essays appear widely, including in The New Yorker, Granta, Playboy, Men’s Journal and The Best American Short Stories Anthology. In the warm months he lives in Livingston, Montana where he is a fly fishing guide on the Yellowstone River. In the winter he surfs in Santa Cruz, California.

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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

NO SECOND WIND MARCH 24TH: SPRING BREAK
NO SECOND WIND MARCH 31ST: SPRING BREAK

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



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Second Wind, Sunday January 20: Featuring Carlos Medina and Molly Priddy
Jan
20
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind, Sunday January 20: Featuring Carlos Medina and Molly Priddy

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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, January 20, for an evening of reading with Carlos Medina and Molly Priddy.

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Carlos Medina, the beloved, the revered, the Cheezit King, sent us this when we asked for a bio: "poet at large without real prospects."

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Molly Priddy is a writer living in Northwest Montana. Missoula born and raised, went to Carroll College for undergrad work then UM for a master's in journalism. Works full time as a reporter for the Flathead Beacon newspaper, and freelance essays and articles have appeared in The Guardian, Autostraddle, Catapult, MEL Magazine, and others. Also a staff writer for Autostraddle, the largest independent website for queer women.
https://mollypriddy.com


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

NO SECOND WIND MARCH 24TH: SPRING BREAK
NO SECOND WIND MARCH 31ST: SPRING BREAK

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

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Second Wind, Sunday December 2nd: Featuring Amanda Wilgus and Kevin Canty
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind, Sunday December 2nd: Featuring Amanda Wilgus and Kevin Canty

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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, December 2nd, for an evening of reading with Amanda Wilgus and Kevin Canty.

Born in Texas, Amanda Wilgus completed a B.A. from the Plan II interdisciplinary liberal arts program in Austin at the University of Texas. She has taught abroad and worked as a deposition videographer and as an aide for children with autism, utilizing applied behavior analysis. Amanda is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Montana, where she edits copy for the University Relations department. She came to Missoula by way of Los Angeles.


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Kevin Canty's eighth book, a novel called The Underworld, was published by W. W. Norton in 2017. He is also the author of three previous collections of short stories (Where the Money Went, Honeymoon, and A Stranger In This World) and four novels (Nine Below Zero, Into the Great Wide Open, Winslow in Love and Everything). His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Esquire, Tin House, GQ, Glimmer Train, Story, the New England Review, Best American Short Stories and elsewhere; essays and articles in Vogue, Details, Playboy, the New York Times and the Oxford American, among others. His work has been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, German, Polish, Italian and Japanese. He lives and writes in Missoula, Montana.


Our Autumn Schedule:

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

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

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Second Wind, Sunday Nov 18: Featuring Maren Schiffer and Emily Withnall!
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind, Sunday Nov 18: Featuring Maren Schiffer and Emily Withnall!

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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, November 18th, for an evening of reading with Maren Schiffer and Emily Withnall.

Can’t Sonnet by Maren Schiffer

Maren Schiffer grew up on the Central/ Southern coast of California. She's an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Montana, where she also teaches writing. She received an Academy of American Poets University Prize in 2018. Elsie is not actually her dog.


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Emily Withnall is from the high mountain desert of northern New Mexico and she currently teaches and writes in Missoula, Montana. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, "Greetings from Janeland," (Cleis Press), Orion, The Indiana Review, Fourth River, Lunch Ticket, Ms. Magazine, and High Country News, among others. In 2016, Emily won first place in creative nonfiction for the AWP Writers' Conferences & Centers Award and was named a finalist for the Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Penelope Niven Award for Creative Nonfiction, and received a Fellowship to the Summer Fishtrap Writers Workshop. Most recently, she was selected for the 2018 Tin House Summer Writing Workshop. Emily is currently at work on a book that examines the parallels between domestic violence and hydraulic fracturing. 


Our Autumn Schedule:

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

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

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Second Wind, Sunday Nov 11: Kylie Westerlind and Sarah Aronson
Nov
11
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind, Sunday Nov 11: Kylie Westerlind and Sarah Aronson

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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, November 11th, for an evening of reading with Kylie Westerlind and Sarah Aronson.

Fur by Kylie Westerlind

Kylie Westerlind is a second-year MFA candidate in fiction. She was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, where she also completed her BA in English, with minors in religious and women's studies. During her time at the university, she was awarded the James McMillan, Leonard English, and Thelma Ireland Scholarships for her writing. Her short story, "Fur," was published in the spring 2018 issue of Carve Magazine and has been nominated for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She currently lives in Missoula with her poet-partner, Zack, and their dog-son, Wesley.


Sarah Aronson writes poetry and nonfiction from Missoula, MT. Her work can be found in the High Desert Journal, Yemassee, and the Big Sky Journal among others. She is also the host and producer of the Montana Public Radio literary program, The Write Question. Sarah Aronson is the recipient of the 2018 New American Poetry Prize for her collection, And Other Bodiless Powers.


Our Autumn Schedule:

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

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

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2nd Wind Sunday Nov. 4 featuring Missoula's own Jenny Montgomery and Chris La Tray!
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

2nd Wind Sunday Nov. 4 featuring Missoula's own Jenny Montgomery and Chris La Tray!

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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, November 4th, for an evening with Missoula’s own Jenny Montgomery, and author Chris La Tray.

Jenny Montgomery has published poetry and essays in publications such as Barrow Street, Tar River, CALYX, Unsplendid, the New York Times, and the Cairo Times. Her poetry installations have been shown at galleries in Montana and Washington. She is at work on a graphic novel about a Robin Hood-themed cerebral palsy summer camp. She is a disability advocate with ADAPT and runs Montgomery Distillery with her husband Ryan.


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Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in various regional and national publications. His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World at Large was published in August by Riverfeet Press (Livingston, MT). 

Chris is Chippewa-Cree Métis, and is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He lives in Missoula, MT.

ONE-SENTENCE JOURNAL

Short poems and essays from the world at large

by Chris La Tray

"This is a sunrise book, a book of revelations, of creekwalks and roadfood and ordinary sadnesses, ordinary joys—which are, in the end, the only kind. ‘I have a stake in this,’ La Tray writes. And so do you. So do you.”
— Joe Wilkins, author of The Mountain and the Fathers, When We Were Birds, and Notes from the Journey Westward
 

"Chris La Tray's One-Sentence Journal is a celebration of words, and the way even very few words, in the right hands, can capture the wonder in every single day.”
— Ana Maria Spagna, author of Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going; Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw; and Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness

“Chris LaTray is the real deal – authentic, with a heart as wide as the big skies of Montana."

— Gary Ferguson, author of The Carry Home, Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, and Through the Woods: A Journey Through America’s Forests

https://www.factandfictionbooks.com/one-sentence-journal


Our Autumn Schedule:

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

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

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2nd Wind! This round featuring CutBank's own Joe Kirk, and wow! Emily H. Freeman!
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

2nd Wind! This round featuring CutBank's own Joe Kirk, and wow! Emily H. Freeman!

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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 28th, for an evening with CutBank’s Editor-In-Chief, Joe Kirk, and author Emily H. Freeman.

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Reared in Billings, Joe recently returned to Montana after eight years in Seattle, where he barista’d his way through a BA in Creative Writing from Seattle University, co-founded the Château SeaScum Arts Collective, and spent four years working in live music production. Now, Joe is an MFA student in nonfiction at the University of Montana, a campus not-so-coincidentally near his favorite fishing spots on Rock Creek or in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.


Emily Freeman (Photo from the  Missoula Writing Collaborative)

Emily Freeman (Photo from the Missoula Writing Collaborative)

Emily H. Freeman earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and has taught writing at various schools, universities and nonprofits in NY, MN and MT. Emily's work has appeared in the Best New American Voices anthology, The Morning News, Lake Effect, The Spectacle, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star TribuneBrevity, and elsewhere. She lives in Dillon, MT, with her husband and two sons.

Enjoy a look at Emily’s work right here: https://themorningnews.org/archive/author/emily-h.-freeman


Our Autumn Schedule:

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

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

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Second Wind Sunday featuring David Queen & Philip Schaefer
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind Sunday featuring David Queen & Philip Schaefer

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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 21st, for an evening with UM's own David Queen and his wildly imaginative fiction kicking off the show, with local celeb poet and beloved bartender Philip Schaefer to follow. 

If you don't know David or Philip, here's who you'll be wowed by:

David Queen grew up in Ohio and spent most of the past decade in New York City, where he worked as everything from a dishwasher on a reality cooking show, to a movie theater usher, to an advertising copywriter. His work has appeared in VICEPasteHobartNew SouthThe RumpusAtlas ObscuraMcSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. He now lives in Missoula with his wife Julia and their dog Merlin. A few times a year he tweets some nonsense from his Twitter account at @byron_queen.

(Fun fact: DQ used to play in a Weezer cover band. Maybe he'll take requests?)


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Philip Schaefer’s debut collection of poems Bad Summon (University of Utah Press, 2017) won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and he’s the author of three chapbooks, two co-written with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. He won the 2016 Meridian Editor’s Prize in poetry and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and in the Poetry Society of America. Individual work is out or due out in Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Thrush Poetry Journal, Guernica, The Cincinnati Review, Salt Hill, Bat City Review, The Adroit Journal, Baltimore Review, Redivider, and Passages North among others. He tends bar in Missoula, MT.

Follow 2nd Wind on Facebook: @SecondWind, Twitter: @2ndWindReadings, & Instagram!


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

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Emma Neslund & Melissa Stephenson, live and in person!
Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

Emma Neslund & Melissa Stephenson, live and in person!

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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 14th, for a night of poetry and prose featuring UM’s Emma Neslund, and the author of Driven, Missoula’s Melissa Stephenson.

Follow us on Facebook: @SecondWind, Twitter: @2ndWindReadings, & Instagram!

Emma Neslund

Emma grew up in Alaska, raised by a den of wolves. Since, she received her Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from Whitman College. She worked abroad in France (familiarizing herself with cheeses and "a-baguette-a-day"). She's come to appreciate a good haircut. And just yesterday she exploded a small flask of sulfuric acid in her Organic Chemistry lab. No one was injured. Always dipping her paws in, now she's howling her poetry while gunning to win "Best Server in Missoula" (plans somewhat frustrated by the shutdown of The Independent, the "Best of" award-distributor). Slightly awkward yet loveable, her foreseeable goals are to do a pull-up and win lots of prizes.   


Photo by Chris La Tray

Photo by Chris La Tray

Melissa Stephenson

Melissa Stephenson earned her B.A. in English from The University of Montana and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Rumpus, The Washington Post, ZYZZYVA, and Fourth Genre. Her memoir, Driven, was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July of 2018. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her two kids.

Links to Melissa’s work!
Melissa’s website: https://melissa-stephenson.squarespace.com/
A craft essay: https://lithub.com/how-i-wrote-my-memoir-one-notecard-at-a-time/
Some memoir flash pieces: https://blackbird.vcu.edu/v17n1/nonfiction/stephenson-m/index.shtml
And an essay essay: https://narratively.com/author/melissa-stephenson/


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

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Second Wind features a night of poetry and fiction, with Miles Jochem and David Allan Cates.
Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

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

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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.

Follow us on Facebook: @SecondWind, Twitter: @2ndWindReadings, & Instagram!

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! 
http://davidallancates.com/recent-work/


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

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Second Wind's winning streak continues, this Sunday featuring Catalina Baker and Sarah Aswell!
Sep
30
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind's winning streak continues, this Sunday featuring Catalina Baker and Sarah Aswell!

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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. Admission is free!

Join us this Sunday, September 30th, for a night of prose featuring UM’s Catalina Baker and Missoula author, teacher, and comedian, Sarah Aswell.

Follow us on Facebook: @SecondWind, Twitter: @2ndWindReadings, & Instagram!

Catalina Baker

Catalina Baker is a second-year MFA candidate in fiction. She received a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, and she has worked as a technical writer and editor for more than five years. Though she’s still new to the fiction game, she has ghostwritten dozens of articles on public health, justice, and inclusion, which have appeared in Civil Eats, Planetizen, and the Center for Health Journalism.  She proudly hails from the East Coast, did the obligatory stint on the West Coast, and currently calls Missoula home.


Sarah Aswell

Sarah Aswell is a freelance writer and stand-up comedian who lives in Missoula and writes for places like The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Scary Mommy, MAD Magazine, and Reductress. She has a husband, Ben, who she met in the UM MFA creative writing program, and two young daughters. 

Sarah Aswell performing Stand up Comedy!! At The 2017 Missoula's HomeGrown Comedy Competition- Qualifying round!! Filmed live in Missoula, Montana. 03-31-17

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

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The Second Wind Readings rock on, this Sunday featuring Riley Woods and Robert Lee
Sep
23
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Readings rock on, this Sunday featuring Riley Woods and Robert Lee

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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. 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:

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

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The Second Wind Reading Series, this Sunday featuring Peggy Jo Pabustan & Stacy Szymaszek
Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

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

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.


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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

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Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series, featuring readings by Eric Hollen and Deirdre McNamer.

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 7 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

Eric Hollen

Eric Hollen is a second year student at the University of Montana's MFA fiction program. He received his BA from Susquehanna University in creative writing and philosophy.  

 

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Deirdre McNamer

Deirdre McNamer was born and raised in north-central Montana. She attended the University of Washington and received a journalism degree from the University of Montana, then worked as a daily journalist until her thirties.

She is the author of four novels. Her first, Rima in the Weeds (HarperCollins), won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. One Sweet Quarrel (HarperCollins),and My Russian (Houghton Mifflin) were both New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year.

Red Rover (Viking) was named to the Best Books of the Year lists of Artforum, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Rocky Mountain News

She is a recipient of a 2015 Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council.

Her essays, short fiction, reviews and reporting have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and Outside, among other venues.

She has taught writing at Cornell University, Williams College, Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Alabama, and the University of Montana. Since 1998 she has been a core faculty member of the University of Montana Creative Writing MFA program and also is on the faculty of the MFA Writing Seminars, Bennington College, Vermont.

Deirdre McNamer chaired the fiction panel of the National Book Awards in 2011 and was a judge for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner award. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband, writer Bryan Di Salvatore. 

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Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series, featuring readings by Regina Fitzsimmons and Karin Schalm.

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 7 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

Regina Fitzsimmons

Regina's studying nonfiction writing at the University of Montana. She was born and raised in Tucson, AZ.

 

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Karin Schalm

Karin Schalm has published in CamasCutBankep;phanyThe Sun and other journals. Her poems appear in Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Federico García LorcaPoems Across the Big Sky IIBright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing and Lilac City Fairy Tales(Volumes 2 – 4). She earned an MFA from the University of Montana where she currently serves as the Creative Writing Program Coordinator.

 

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Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Natalie Peeterse & Connor McElwee read for Second Wind, April 15

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 7 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

Natalie Peeterse

Natalie Peeterse has an MFA from the University of Montana. She is the editor of Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia LorcaShe was included in I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost Horse Press). Her chapbook Black Birds : Blue Horse, An Elegy won the Gold Line Press Poetry Prize in 2011. A second chapbook, Dreadful : Luminosity, Letters, was published by Educe Press in the spring of 2017. She has been a fellow with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, an artist in residence at the Caldera Institute and most recently a participant in the 2018 US Poets in Mexico in Merida, Yucatan. She is a recipient of the 2013 Artist Innovation Award by the Montana Arts Council. She lives in Helena, Montana where  she is on the board of the Drumlummon Institute and where she works on Open Country Press.

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Connor McElwee

Connor hails from Philadelphia and writes fiction. He spent his undergraduate years in Connecticut at Wesleyan University where he majored in English and International Relations. He likes seafood. He dislikes the cold. His favorite stories are gutsy. The ones he remembers are the ones that leave him scratching his head.

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Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series, this week featuring Zack Rybak and Ashby Kinch

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 7 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

Zack Rybak

Zack Rybak is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Montana. He grew up in Reno, Nevada. His dog's name is Wes.

 

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Ashby Kinch on Ashby Kinch:

I am a professor of English literature specializing in the literature of the medieval period, particularly late medieval literature. I also study the history of lyric poetry and work in the field of translation studies, specifically Middle English translations of Latin and French writing in the fifteenth century. I recently published a book, Imago Mortis: Mediating Images of Death in Late Medieval Culture, on the art and literature of death and dying in the early 15th century. I have also published recent articles on neuroscience and literature, as well as word-image relations in both medieval literature and in the work of a contemporary American poet, Cole Swensen. Past work includes several articles and an edited collection on the French writer and diplomat Alain Chartier, the most influential European author of the 15th century. I am developing a project comparing the aesthetic structure and social dialectics of the Luttrell Psalter and Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

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Mar
18
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series rocks on! This Sunday's show featuring Laura Blake and Chris Dombrowski

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 7 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

Laura Blake

Laura Blake is an M.F.A. candidate in creative nonfiction and a writing instructor at the University of Montana. Laura was born in Bloomington, Indiana and grew up in New York City. She's lived and worked in Missoula since 2013 and is so grateful for the academic community here. 

 

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Chris Dombrowski

Chris Dombrowski’s nonfiction debut, Body of Water (Milkweed Editions, 2016), was named a Top Ten Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association and hailed in wide range of venues, from The New York Times to Outside, and The Wall Street Journal to Orion, which called it “a spiritual memoir in the tradition of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.” A recipient of numerous grants and awards, Chris is also the author of two books of poems, By Cold Water, a Poetry Foundation Bestseller, and Earth Again, runner-up for ForeWord Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year, both published by Wayne State University Press. His essays and poems have appeared in many publications and anthologies including Poetry, The Sun, Outside, and The Southern Review.  For the better part of two decades Chris has taught creative writing to a vast array of age groups, most recently as the William Kittredge Visiting Writer in Residence in University of Montana's EVST Program. In addition, he has worked as a fly-fishing guide in Missoula, where he founded and currently directs the Beargrass Writing Retreat. 

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Mar
4
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series! This week featuring Skylar Salvatore and Karin Schalm!

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in the University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. 

Skylar Salvatore

Skylar is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Montana. She is originally from Florida and earned her BA at Pace University in English Literature and Gender Studies. 

 

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Karin Schalm

Karin Schalm has published in Camas, CutBank, ep;phany, The Sun and other journals. Her poems appear in Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Federico García Lorca, Poems Across the Big Sky II, Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing and Lilac City Fairy Tales (Volumes 2 – 4). She earned an MFA from the University of Montana where she currently serves as the Creative Writing Program Coordinator.

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The Second Wind Reading Series, this week featuring Taylor White & Brady Harrison
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series, this week featuring Taylor White & Brady Harrison

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in the University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. 

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Taylor White

Taylor is a historian, a fiction dabbler, and the brains of the operation. Between slush piles, she enjoys ranting about popular historical narratives' failures, road trips with her pooch, unreasonable, quasi-artistic projects, and coffee.

Dark humor, strange voices, uncomfortable truths, and the unusual grotesque spin at the core of her reading and writing interests. 

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Brady Harrison’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Cardinal Sins, Cerise Press, J Journal, The Long Story, Mattoid, The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, Serving House Journal, and Wascana Review, among other literary journals.  His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and a novella, "The Dying Athabaskan," recently won the Publisher's Long Story Prize from Twelve Winters Press.  Recent poetry appears in the anthology, Poems Across the Big Sky II.  He has also edited two books on Montana literature, These Living Songs:  Reading Montana Poetry and All Our Stories Are Here:  Critical Approaches to Montana Literature.  His most recent book is the co-edited collection, Punk Rock Warlord:  The Life and Music of Joe Strummer.  He lives in Missoula, Montana, and teaches at the University of Montana.

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Second Wind Reading Series, featuring Melissa Kwasny & Jordan Chesnut
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind Reading Series, featuring Melissa Kwasny & Jordan Chesnut

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in the University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. 

Jordan Chesnut predicts it'll be "2nd Wind's 2018 rendition of 'poets-theatre'... maybe peppered with Middle English in the introduction by Rachel Smith." 

Jordan says, "I'm the Valentine's Day Special. Let them know I want them to know that."

And now you know.

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Melissa Kwasny, a visiting professor for Spring 2018, is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today, published by the University of Washington Press in its Pacific Northwest Poetry Series, and a collection of essays, Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision. She co-edited, with M.L. Smoker an anthology of poetry in defense of global human rights, I Go to the Ruined Place, and edited Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1959, a book which brings together many of the great prose pieces by the most influential European and American poets from the Romantics to the Symbolists, Surrealists, and Moderns. Widely published in journals, including Willow Springs, Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Orion, Bellingham Review, Kenyon Review, and Boston Review, her poems and essays are also included in the anthologies The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Josh Corey and G.C. Waldrep, eds.), Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart (Carolyn Patterson, editor), Poems Across the Big Sky and New Poets of the American West (both edited by Lowell Jaeger), as well as in West of 98: Living and Writing the American West (Russell Rowland and Lynn Stegner, eds.) A book of nonfiction investigating the cultural history of animals and our clothing, Putting on the Dog, will appear from Trinity University Press in 2018.

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Listen to "Another Letter To The Soul: The Poetry Of Melissa Kwasny" on Sarah Aronson's The Write Question MTPR podcast.

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Second Wind Reading Series kicks off with Pia Baur & David Gates
Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind Reading Series kicks off with Pia Baur & David Gates

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Come join us to hear the illustrious David Gates and the diesel-fueled stylings of Pia Baur. 

Pia Baur says...
"I’m a writer, but I hate writing about myself. If I had to describe myself in a sentence: European-born, Bay-Area-raised, and a current Missoula resident. I’m most at home on the road, especially on a highway that grazes a beautiful coastline."

David Gates is the author of the novels Jernigan and Preston Falls and two collections of stories, The Wonders of the Invisible World and A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me. His fiction has appeared in such magazines as The New YorkerEsquireGQTin House and Ploughshares. His nonfiction has appeared in Newsweek, where he was a longtime writer and editor, The New YorkerThe New York Times Book ReviewBookforumGQRolling StoneH.O.W.The Oxford American and the Journal of Country Music. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and his books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Read Gates' latest over at The New Yorker. Here's "Texas." And here's a clip of the author reading from the story.

Not this David Gates!  :-)

Join us in welcoming this week's readers at Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main Street, in Missoula, Montana.

Have a start of the semester drink, paper boat of free popcorn, or just sit and listen. Come early for a good seat!

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Second Wind Reading Series feat. Emma Pfeiffer & Kevin Canty
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Second Wind Reading Series feat. Emma Pfeiffer & Kevin Canty

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers.

Emma Pfeiffer

Emma Pfeiffer

Emma Pfeiffer
This week the program presents CutBank's own Emma Pfeiffer. Emma is a recovering seasonal park ranger, and a dual degree candidate for the MFA in nonfiction and MS in environmental studies. She's also an intersectional feminist, a wanderer, a cat lover, and (secretly) a poet. Her work has appeared in The Toast. Emma also serves as Interviews Editor for CutBank.

Kevin Canty
Kevin Canty's eighth book, a novel called The Underworld, was published by W. W. Norton in early 2017. He is also the author of three previous collections of short stories (Where the Money Went,  Honeymoon, and A Stranger In This World) and four novels (Nine Below Zero, Into the Great Wide Open, Winslow in Love and Everything). His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, Tin House, GQ, Glimmer Train, Story, the New England Review, Best American Short Stories 2015and elsewhere; essays and articles in Vogue, Details, Playboy, the New York Times and the Oxford American, among many others. His work has been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, German, Polish, Italian and Japanese.

Join us in welcoming this week's readers at Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main Street, in Missoula, Montana. The readings begin at 6 pm: Come early for a good seat!

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Second Wind Reading Series feat. Aya Satoh & Caroline Patterson
Oct
8
to Oct 10

Second Wind Reading Series feat. Aya Satoh & Caroline Patterson

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers.

Aya Satoh

Aya Satoh

This week the program presents CutBank's own poetry editor, Aya Satoh, MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Montana, and co-host of the Second Wind Reading Series. Aya was born in Nagoya, Japan, grew up in Massachusetts, and designed personal libraries in New York City before moving to Missoula last year. 

Caroline Patterson has been teaching for the Missoula Writing Collaborative since 2009 and at the University of Montana-Missoula since 2002. The author of Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart, two children’s books on the natural world, Patterson has published numerous short stories in journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Outside, Southwest Review and Seventeen, and was awarded fellowships including the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction and an award from the San Francisco Foundation and the Henfield Foundation. (Caroline's bio is from The Missoula Writing Collaborative's website.)

Join us in welcoming this week's readers at Ole Beck VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main Street, in Missoula, Montana. The readings begin at 6 pm: Come early for a good seat!

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Round Two of the Second Wind Reading Series, Autumn 2017!
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Round Two of the Second Wind Reading Series, Autumn 2017!

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 8 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

This night's program features UM MFA candidate and Cutbank Poetry Editor, Georgia Dennison, and Pete Fromm, UM's Fall 2017 Distinguished Kittredge Writer. 

Georgia Dennison

Georgia Dennison

Georgia Dennison is an MFA candidate in poetry and a writing instructor at the University of Montana. She was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts and received her B.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida. Her writing interests include clogged drains, empty rivers and sand dollars. In the last five years, she has lived in California, North Carolina, Maine and New York City. In Missoula, Montana, surrounded by mystical writers and yellow-gold mountains, she has found yet another home and a valley of refuge for her work.

Pete Fromm

Pete Fromm

Pete Fromm, our Fall 2017 Distinguished Kittredge Writer, is teaching a graduate fiction workshop and a multi-genre course called "Writing Into the Wilds." Fromm's latest book is the memoir The Names of the Stars (St. Martins, 2016). He is a five time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his novels If Not For ThisAs Cool As I Am, and How All This Started, his story collection Dry Rain, and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles. The film of As Cool As I Am was released in 2013. He is also the author of four other story collections and has published two hundred stories in magazines.

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Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Second Wind Reading Series, Autumn 2017, begins tonight!

Second Wind is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Join us! Six to 8 pm, at the Ole Beck VFW Post 209,  245 W. Main Street in Missoula.

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Tonight's program features CutBank's Editor-in-Chief, Bryn Agnew, and Sarah Vap, UM's Fall 2017 Distinguished Hugo Writer. 

Sarah Vap

Sarah Vap

Sarah Vap is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Viability (Penguin 2016), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Her book of hybrid poetics, End of the Sentimental Journey, inaugurated the Infidel Poetics Series with Noemi Press (2013). She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for poetry and has taught at Arizona State University, University of Southern California, and Drew University.

Bryn Agnew

Bryn Agnew

 

Bryn has worked as a ranch hand, janitor, and construction worker. He is a second-year fiction candidate and bookseller at Missoula's Fact & Fiction. He has a BA and MA in creative writing from the University of North Texas. His stories and essays have appeared in Mid-American Review, the Nottingham Review, and North Texas Review. He enjoys writing that stimulates emotionally and intellectually, that crackles with life at every turn.

 

 

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