Whitefish Review Releases Issue #14, The Hunger Issue

By Allison Linville  


Last weekend, a group of CutBankers visited our neighbors in Whitefish for the release of Whitefish Review’s fourteenth issue, the Hunger Issue.

The Whitefish Review was created in 2007 by Brian Schott as an outlet for creative writing, art, and photography with a slant toward mountain culture.  While Schott is the founding editor, Issue #14 was edited by Matt Holloway, Whitefish Review’s fiction editor.

When I first moved to Whitefish in 2008, I picked up one of the early issues of the Whitefish Review at Bookworks, the local bookstore.  I was amazed that a small ski town produced such a high-quality literary publication, and I knew immediately that there was some incredible talent in the Flathead Valley.  I have been increasingly impressed with the following that the Whitefish Review has earned and the popular authors that they publish as well as their commitment to discovering new, young authors.

The release party on December 14th brought together well-known authors with emerging writers to read and mingle at Casey’s Bar in Whitefish.  Supporters of the creative arts community arrived to fill the venue and remind us of the astounding support for the arts we receive in Montana.

The event featured readings by Kate Ehrenburg, a young, local author, as well as Charles Finn, David Allen Cates, and Tim Cahill.  The crowd was energetic and engaged as each reader presented their work.  The event was a brilliant success and I am excited to attend the next release party in honor of upcoming Issue #15.

Cutbank staff would like to thank Brian Schott and the Whitefish Review crew for partnering with us and including us in the event. We appreciate the recognition and the opportunity to sell various items including 40 Years of Cutbank anthologies and Cutbank issue #79.  The writing of David Allen Cates, who had work published in Whitefish Review’s Hunger Issue and read at the release, is also featured in 40 Years of Cutbank, which is available in our online store.


CutBank’s Big Four Oh Party

On October 25th, 2013, more than 100 of our closest friends and admirers flocked to Heritage Hall to celebrate CutBank’s fortieth birthday. It was a stellar success, with readings from founding editor Bill Kittredge and a who’s who of writers whose work appears in our newly published anthology, Forty Years of CutBank! Kiitredge

In honor of the one month anniversary of our 40th birthday party, CutBank wants to share some images from our celebration.

Our special thanks to all attendees, readers, volunteers and especially the following donors: Montgomery Distillery, Masala Indida Food Cart, Melissa Mylchreest, Bayern Brewery, Ten Spoons Winery, Bitteroot Flower Shop, Silk Road and anthology authors for their signed work.

SECOND WIND: Listen to Rachel Mindell and Kim Bell read

photokimbellEvery week we record Second Wind for the listening pleasure of those who weren’t able to make it in person. In anticipation of tonight’s reading, here are the vocalizations of Rachel Mindell and Kim Bell. Both are second year MFAers, Rachel in poetry and Kim in creative nonfiction.

Rachel's writing has appeared in Horse Less Review, Delirious Hem, interrupture, Caliban, Barn Owl Review, and Pity Milk. Her dog and cat run the household. Some of favorite authors include Anne Carson, CD Wright, Milan Kundera, Hafiz, Julio Cortazar, John Berryman, Alberto Rios, Toni Morrison, Mary Jo Bang and you. She loves Harper’s, The American Poetry Review, Jacket2, and Diagram, among many.

Kim received her B.A. in English from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and when she’s not corrupting young minds as a T.A. out west, she lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.  Some of her favorite Non Fiction authors include Mary Karr, Jeannette Walls, Nick Flynn, Judy Blunt, Alexandra Fuller, David Foster Wallace, T.R. Reid, Jim Harrison, and Melanie Thernstrom.

Second Wind is a reading series that pairs second-year MFA students in the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Program with an established community or faculty writer. Second Wind takes place every Sunday at 6 pm at the Badlander, 208 Ryman St, Missoula. (Click here for directions.)

Karen Volkman reads at Second Wind

Please join us again this Sunday, October 20th, at 6pm for another installment of Second Wind! We're excited to have Maud Streep and Karen Volkman reading this week.

Maud Streep is a second-year MFA student in the University of Montana's Creative Writing Program. Karen Volkman is an American poet who teaches at the University of Montana. Her first book, Crash’s Law, was selected for the National Poetry Series and published by Norton in 1996. Her second book, Spar, received the Iowa Poetry Prize and the 2002 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. A third book, Nomina, was published by BOA Editions in Spring 2008. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics and The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Writing. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

Second Wind is a weekly reading that pairs second-year students in Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with established faculty, community, and alumni writers. We're stoked to be back at the Badlander (208 Ryman St.) for this year's readings. The Badlander is a bar, but patrons under 21 are very welcome.

CutBank at 2013 Montana Festival of the Book

As part of our Fortieth Anniversary Celebration, CutBank will host a panel during the 2013 Montana Festival of the Book on the history of Montana's oldest literary journal. Current editor Rachel Mindell will moderate a discussion with former editors on a variety of topics, including aesthetics, regionalism, submissions (how they are received and from whom), and the use of technology. She will also briefly discuss our current major project, the creation of a forty year anthology.

The panel will include:

  • Robert Wrigley (editor, CutBank 4 and 5)
  • Judy Blunt (editor, CutBank 39 and 40)
  • Henrietta Goodman (editorial board, CutBank 39 and 40; poetry editor CutBank 41 and 42)
  • Ed Skoog (fiction editor CutBank 45 and 46)

The Forty Years of CutBank panel will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, at the Missoula Art Museum.

CutBank is pleased to be a part of a wonderful line up at the 2013 Montana Festival of the Book that includes a reading from Sherman Alexie, a showing of the film adaptation of James Welch's Winter in the Blood, and a special luncheon with James Lee Burke. See the entire schedule here.

SECOND WIND: Listen to Brenden Oliva and Robert Stubblefield read (Sept. 15, 2013)

HEZ_0569 Every week we record Second Wind for the listening pleasure of those who weren't able to make it in person. In anticipation of tonight's reading, here are the vocalizations of Brenden Oliva and Robert Stubblefield.

Brenden, an MFAer in his second year, reads from "300 Deluxe," a nonfiction piece he describes as "auto erotica".

Robert Stubblefield teaches creative writing at the University of Montana. He reads an excerpt from an essay called "The Measure of Water," which originally appeared in High Desert Journal.

Second Wind is a reading series that pairs second-year MFA students in the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Program with an established community or faculty writer. Second Wind takes place every Sunday at 6 pm at the Badlander, 208 Ryman St, Missoula. (Click here for directions.)

Contribute to CutBank's new online features

William Kittredge spent little time introducing CutBank’s first issue in the spring of 1973. Issue One opened with a bare-bones title page, then cut to the chase: pieces from Raymond Carver, Roberta Hill Whiteman, William Stafford and so on. Accordingly, we won’t drag our heels. As the journal celebrates its fortieth anniversary, CutBank is excited to launch a few new web features, and to invite your submissions.

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SECOND WIND: Listen to Julie Rouse and Kevin Canty read (Sept. 8, 2013)

Kevin CantyEvery week we record Second Wind for the listening pleasure of those who weren't able to make it in person. The first week saw UM MFA poet Julie Rouse team up with faculty member and award-winning fictionist Kevin Canty to read from their work. Second Wind is a reading series that pairs second-year MFA students in the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Program with an established community or faculty writer. Second Wind takes place every Sunday at 6 pm at the Badlander, 208 Ryman St, Missoula. (Click here for directions.)

NEWS: CutBank Books Releases First Three Books in New Chapbook Series - Chapbooks on sale now!

MISSOULA— CutBank Books is thrilled to announce the release of its first ever print run of chapbooks: Sean Bernard’s Nuclear, winner of the 2012 Chapbook Contest, Sandra Doller’s Memory of the Prose Machine, and Through the Hour Glass by Kristin Hatch. From an enormous field of submissions to CutBank’s first ever annual Chapbook Contest, we culled these excellent books. We originally sought to publish a single compelling and original book of prose or poetry, with a keen eye for work that straddled the line between genres. What we found blew us away – so much so that we ultimately decided to publish three outstanding manuscripts.

NUCLEAR by Sean Bernard - - - 2012 CutBank Books Chapbook Winner

Release date: February 27th 2013

“NUCLEAR is a "picture of a shadow," and the shadow is America--its dreams, its self-delusions, public and private. Sean Bernard shows he understands the story of America as well as anyone now writing. His prose is splendid, as clean as the desert wind. He is canny, wise, and heart-breaking: a major talent just beginning to be heard from.”

—Tracy Daugherty, four-time winner of the Oregon Book Award and founder of the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Oregon State University.

“Sean Bernard's voice is that of a perceptive, funny friend, telling secrets about anxiety and love and the places where the two intersect.”

—Scott O’Connor, author of Untouchable, winner of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

Sean Bernard is a fiction writer who lives in southern California and teaches at the University of La Verne. A 2012 NEA Literary Fellow in Prose, his stories have appeared in many journals, including Quarterly West, Santa Monica Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Copper Nickel. His first novel, Studies in the Hereafter, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.


Release date: February 27th 2013

“When you chop up the ice and a little piece of blood sticks to the blade, and you carry it home without knowing it then see the red when you are about to clean your skates, you realize it's a little bit of someone's long memory...a stranger's memory but when you replay it on your microscope, it seems very familiar. You recognize it as a full fragment, an explosion, an heiress to James Joyce, but also, no, yes, it's the ice skater Evgeni Plushenko performing his remembrance of Nijinsky on a circular rink, it's Sandra Doller.”

—Fannny Howe

Sandra Doller’s first two books, Oriflamme (2005) and Chora (2010), were both published by Ahsahta Press, and her third book is Man Years from Subito Press (2011). Her translation of Éric Suchère’s Mystérieuse won the 2012 Anomalous Press Chapbook Contest, selected by Christian Hawkey. A recipient of the Paul Engle-James Michener Fellowship, the Iowa Arts Fellowship and individual state artist awards, Doller completed her MA at the University of Chicago and her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The founder & editrice of 1913, Sandra has taught at alternative schools as well as Cornell College, Hollins, Boise State and California State University. After many many moves, she now lives in San Diego with man & dogs.


Release date: February 27th 2013

Kristin Hatch's poems have a conversational swoosh. They appear funny; they are light on their feet. Her poems throw a house party, and the people who attend all know each other, have tangled histories. But she also extends a general welcome, "we're all so everybody," and after all, we show up because these are the days of our lives. Underneath the quaintly leaking roof of this poetic abode, the poet is continually arranging cups and buckets that collect drips of disquiet, even menace. To read these poems is to knock over one of those buckets and see what spills out: surprise, wit, soap opera drama. Read at your own risk. Hatch writes, "it looks so easy," in one poem, but clarifies in another "how easy/ it is to pull the trigger." —Elizabeth Robinson

Kristin Hatch is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her full-length book, the meatgirl whatever, won the 2012 National Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Fence Books. Her poems have appeared in various journals including The Black Warrior Review, Forklift, Ohio and The Indiana Review. She lives in San Francisco.


Please contact editor.cutbank@gmail.com or order directly at http://cutbank.submittable.com/submit

Each book is $10 or you may get all three for $25


CutBank Books was started in 2012 in order to publish a single compelling and original book of prose or poetry, with a keen eye for work that straddled the line between genres. The annual competition runs from January 1st through April 1st every year. The winner of the chapbook prize receives $1000 and 25 contributor copies, and multiple books may be published annually. Submissions cost $20 and are accompanied by a complimentary issue of CutBank.


We’re proud of CutBank‘s forty years as Montana’s foremost literary magazine, founded in 1973 by the Creative Writing program at the University of Montana and helmed initially by favorite literary son William Kittredge. We publish two print issues a year of compelling poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by established writers and new voices alike. We’re global in scope, but with a regional bias. Over the years, we’ve been privileged to feature work by Wendell Berry, Louise Erdrich, Richard Hugo, Seamus Heaney, James Welch, Patricia Goedicke, James Lee Burke, Chris Offutt, Aimee Bender, Steve Almond, and a number of other writers whose work we’re fond of. That’s the joy, we think, of both publishing and reading a publication like CutBank: discovering and developing a fondness for new work.

Don't forget to submit to the 2013 chapbook contest (deadline March 31st) at out our submittable page!