In honor and memoriam of Greta Wrolstad (1981-2005)

This is the first of a five-part, weeklong series to celebrate the life and work of Greta Wrolstad. Her book, Night is Simply a Shadow, was published posthumously this summer by Tavern Books. We have brought together a collection of memories, poems, stories, and reviews by those who knew and loved Greta and her work. 

 By CutBank Staff

gretaGreta Wrolstad was an MFA student at the University of Montana, a teacher’s assistant, and a poetry editor at CutBank Magazine. She died tragically in a car accident in 2005, after completing her first year in the MFA program. Greta touched many lives in her short time at UM, and her legacy lives on in the MFA program, in the writing community, and through her friends in Missoula and around the world.

While researching her life and speaking with those who knew her for this project, we came to feel close to Greta myself, by learning her story and hearing many memories of her from people who still miss her today. She wrote beautiful poetry and those of us who did not know her feel lucky to be able to read and enjoy her work. So please join us in remembering Greta and celebrating her life and her poetry this week, and be sure to read her book, Night is Simply a Shadow, published by Tavern Books.



You can read more about Greta’s life and work at the following websites:

Corvallis Gazette Times obituary.

“An artful life,” a Gazette Times profile.

A remembrance from Joanna Klink, the 2013 Tin House Writer-in-Residence and a former teacher of Greta’s.

An online collection of some of Greta’s poems at Cascadia Review.

Greta Wrolstad was a poetry editor for CutBank 63 & 64. CutBank 65 was published in honor of Greta. These and other CutBank back issues can be acquired by contacting the Special Projects editors.