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Wednesday, September 27
 

5:30pm

The After: Poetry and Collaboration in the Sixth Extinction.
Seattle poet, Melinda Mueller, and Missoulan, Naomi Siegel, perform and discuss their recent collaboration, The After, (Entre Rios Books, 2016). A single long poem on the sixth extinction and the anthropocene, it blends science and poetry with the urgency of a heartbreak.  The performance will followed by a discussion of the artist’s strategies in creating art responding to the current environmental catastrophe and the role women are playing in writing testaments. 


Speakers
avatar for Melinda Mueller

Melinda Mueller

Melinda Mueller was born in Montana and raised in Spokane. She trained as a biologist and is on the science faculty at Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences.  Author of six books of poetry, including just published Mary’s Dust. (Entre Ríos Books, 2017) Her book, What the Ice Gets... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Siegel

Naomi Siegel

Naomi Moon Siegel is a composer, trombonist, producer and music educator whose work is geared toward creating authentic expression and connection. In June 2016 she released her debut album Shoebox View – a ten-song travelogue featuring 13 musicians and cinematically combining folk... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
E3 Convergence Gallery 229 W MAIN ST MISSOULA, MT, 59802
 
Thursday, September 28
 

2:00pm

Power, Resistance, and Literacy: Teaching Writing in Nontraditional Settings
Panelists speak about their expereinces teaching writing in nontraditional settings such a juvenile detention centers, drug rehab centers, and homeless shelters.

Speakers
avatar for Chauna Craig

Chauna Craig

Chauna Craig is the author of the story collection The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms (Press 53, 2017). Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Fourth Genre, Prairie Schooner, Seattle Review, Flash Fiction International, Crab Orchard Review and other literary magazines and... Read More →
avatar for Tami Haaland

Tami Haaland

Tami Haaland is the author of two books of poetry: When We Wake in the Night, and Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize. Her poems have appeared in a variety of periodicals and anthologies, including The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press) and Literature... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Kahn

Sarah Kahn

Sarah Kahn founded Free Verse, a nonprofit that teaches literature and creative writing in juvenile detention centers across Montana, in 2014. She has an MFA in Fiction and an MA in Literature from the University of Montana and is the Program Officer at Humanities Montana. 
avatar for Chelsia Rice

Chelsia Rice

Chelsia A Rice is an essayist with an MFA from the University of Idaho in Creative Writing. Her writing has been published in journals and anthologies, including about.com, Peripheral Surveys, and the Los Angeles Review. Recently her essay titled "Tough Enough to Float" was selected as a Notable Best American Essay for 2014. She is the founder of Helena Area Literary Arts, the Montana Grassroots Organizer at American Cancer Society, and an adjunct... Read More →
avatar for Joni Wallace

Joni Wallace

Joni Wallace earned her MFA at the University of Montana and is the author of two books of poetry and a chapbook: Kingdom Come Radio Show (Barrow Street Press, 2016), finalist for the Colorado Prize, the Besmilr Brigham Award, Word Works’ Washington Prize, and AROHO’s To the Lighthouse... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N. Pattee Street, Missoula , MT 59802

3:30pm

Does Science plus Fiction equal Science Fiction?
What's the difference between Science Fiction, and fiction engenered by science?  This panel will make you feel, and probably look smarter, just by attending.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Scott Fischl

Eric Scott Fischl

Eric Scott Fischl writes novels of speculative historical fiction and the supernatural, including Dr. Potter's Medicine Show and the upcoming The Trials of Solomon Parker. He lives in Montana's Bitterroot mountains.
avatar for Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow is the author of the short story collection I'm Fine, But You Appear To Be Sinking (Featherproof Books, 2017). Her fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, and other publications. She lives in Spokane, WA, with her husband and da... Read More →
avatar for Joni Wallace

Joni Wallace

Joni Wallace earned her MFA at the University of Montana and is the author of two books of poetry and a chapbook: Kingdom Come Radio Show (Barrow Street Press, 2016), finalist for the Colorado Prize, the Besmilr Brigham Award, Word Works’ Washington Prize, and AROHO’s To the Lighthouse... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

3:30pm

Submittable and Warm Springs Productions: How Two Creative Start-Ups Make it Happen in Missoula
Submittable and Warms Springs Productions are two Montana-based companies that employ writers, deal in creative content, and are well established in the entertainment and publishing worlds. Submittable is a submission workflow management company that helps writers, artists, magazines, and arts organizations manage submissions and applications. Warms Springs Productions creates television shows and docu-dramas such as Fox's Legends and Lies and the History Channel's Mountain Men. How did they get their start? How have they continued to grow and thrive? What words of wisdom can they share with people interested in launching their own creative start-ups? In a town that values writers and writing, these companies are creating jobs for our best and brightest. 
 

Moderators
avatar for Julie Stevenson

Julie Stevenson

JULIE STEVENSON is a literary agent with Massie & McQuilkin, a premiere boutique agency in New York, which represents some of the most noted writers in American publishing. She represents literary and upmarket fiction, suspense and thrillers, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and young... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Broome

Jason Broome

Executive Producer / Showrunner for Legends & Lies on Fox News, Warm Springs Productions
Jason Broome is a veteran of the entertainment industry and has been writing and producing professionally for over 20 years.  From L.A.’s underground hip hop scene to third world prisons to Big Sky Country, Jason’s passion is simply finding and telling a good story.   
avatar for Ajax Broome

Ajax Broome

VP of Creative, Warm Springs Productions
With over 17 years of experience in the television industry, Ajax Broome, VP of Creative at Warms Springs Productions, has been responsible for editing, producing and developing a wide range of TV series that span from home renovation to scripted docudrama. Credits include - Duck... Read More →
avatar for Michael FitzGerald

Michael FitzGerald

Michael is the co-founder and CEO of Submittable and the author of the novel, Radiant Days. He's presently working on a second book called, StartDown. He has been the recipient of a Fishtrap Fellowship, an Idaho Commission on the Arts Literature Fellowship, and an ICA Quickfunds grant... Read More →
avatar for Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson

President, Warm Springs Productions
Chris Richardson is the president of Warm Springs Productions and has called Missoula, Montana his home for almost 25 years. He attended the University of Montana for many years while seeking a degree in Business and Television production. His love for camerawork has taken him all... Read More →
avatar for Asta So

Asta So

Chief of Staff, Submittable
Asta So is Chief of Staff at Submittable. She was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she studied English literature and creative writing at Stanford University. She writes both fiction and nonfiction and received her MFA in creative writing from the... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801
 
Friday, September 29
 

10:00am

Don't Go Home, Go Small
With the New York Publishing scene in upheaval and revision and with the growth of independent presses, writers have many more options than in the days when the Big Five ruled the publishing world. 

But where to start? With fiction and nonfiction, is it best to try the traditional route, finding agent and then letting the agent do the work of selling? Or should the intrepid writer set forth with query letter and sample pages and work directly with smaller publishers? Poets have long been published by smaller presses, but is publishing a chapbook a good idea? Many writers wonder about working directly with Amazon, either with their publishing arm Little A or their digital rights group. 

The members of this panel have a wide and varied background, published by many smaller publishers (indie and academic) as well as the “big five.” As poets, nonfiction writers, and novelists, we can offer a wide perspective on how to position yourself with a smaller press. 

With detailed handouts (including lists of indie publishers, web sites to find such, and how to’s in terms of working with small publishers), we will provide a working model that participants can emulate. 

For the panel, we will first talk about our roads to publication, focusing on the decisions we made that led to our recent books. We will introduce themselves and our recent books—and the stories that led to them. 

During these discussions and in a following Q and A we will cover the following ground: 
1) Why a smaller press? 
2) Money? Can you make any with a smaller press? 
3) Other types of remuneration (maybe even emotional) from small presses. 
4) Did we try for a New York publisher? 
5) Did we try for an agent? 
6) Will an agent work with a smaller press? 
7) What are the pros of working with a smaller press? 
8) What are the cons? 
9) If we could do it all over again, what different choices would we make? 
10) Tips on what to do leading up to and then after publication with a small press.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Barksdale

Jessica Barksdale

Jessica Barksdale’s fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016.  Her novels include Her Daughter’s Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. A Pushcart Prize, Million Writers Award, and Best-of-the-Net nominee, her short... Read More →
avatar for David Allan Cates

David Allan Cates

David Allan Cates is the author of five novels, and a chapbook of poetry, the Mysterious Location of Kyrgyzstan. His novels include 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... Read More →
avatar for Darien Gee

Darien Gee

Darien Gee is the author of the award-winning craft book, Writing the Hawai’i Memoir: Advice and Exercises to Help You Tell Your Story, published by Watermark Publishing. She has also published six novels (three under the pen name Mia King) with Penguin Random House, including Friendship... Read More →
avatar for Meagan MacVie

Meagan MacVie

 Meagan Macvie grew up in Alaska writing poems about injustice and hot boys. Her first novel, The Ocean in My Ears, is set in her hometown and was a 2016 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest finalist. Meagan’s short work has appeared in Narrative, Fugue and... Read More →
avatar for Warren Read

Warren Read

Warren Read is an assistant principal on Bainbridge Island, WA, and is the author of the 2008 memoir, The Lyncher in Me (Borealis Books). His fiction has appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, The Waccamaw Journal, Sliver of Stone, Switchback and The East Bay Review. In... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins

10:00am

Literary Journal Panel
Ever pick up a carefuly curated literary journal with gorgeous art on the cover and wonder just what in the heck goes on behind the scenes to make such a thing happen?  Working under deadlines, balancing creativity and passion with other life details, and surving on a shoestring budget are challenges faced by the people behind the curtain at literary journals and quarterlies.  Come on down to get the inside information from the people who make it happen.  

Speakers
avatar for Greg Brownderville

Greg Brownderville

Greg Brownderville is the author of A Horse with Holes in It (LSU Press, 2016), Deep Down in the Delta (Butler Center, 2012), and Gust (Northwestern University Press, 2011). At Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he serves as Associate Professor of English, Director of Creative... Read More →
avatar for Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow is the author of the short story collection I'm Fine, But You Appear To Be Sinking (Featherproof Books, 2017). Her fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, and other publications. She lives in Spokane, WA, with her husband and da... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Met

Jennifer Met

Jennifer Met lives in a small town in North Idaho with her husband and children. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist for Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and winner of the Jovanovich Award. Her recent work is published in Gravel, Gulf Stream, Harpur Palate, Juked, Kestrel... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Oleson

Wendy Oleson

Wendy Oleson is the author of Our Daughter and Other Stories, which won the 2017 Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award (Map Literary). Her stories, poems, and hybrid texts appear in Cimarron Review, Calyx, Copper Nickel, Carve, and elsewhere. Wendy holds degrees from Amherst College (BA... Read More →
avatar for Joni Wallace

Joni Wallace

Joni Wallace earned her MFA at the University of Montana and is the author of two books of poetry and a chapbook: Kingdom Come Radio Show (Barrow Street Press, 2016), finalist for the Colorado Prize, the Besmilr Brigham Award, Word Works’ Washington Prize, and AROHO’s To the Lighthouse... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

10:00am

Words from a Small Montana Town
Speakers
avatar for Carol Blake

Carol Blake

Carol Blake wore many hats before moving to Montana from California twenty-five years ago. As a real estate broker in California and Montana for 35 years, she juggled property sales while cultivating a commercial avocado grove and flower plantation. Developing property has always... Read More →
avatar for Rita Collins

Rita Collins

Rita Collins obviously likes being on the road. She has lived in nine state and three countries. After years teaching everything from elementary students in a rural school to graduate students in a large urban university, she recently started a traveling bookstore. St. Rita's Amazing... Read More →
avatar for Jan Jarrell

Jan Jarrell

Jan JarrellJan Keessen Jarrell earned her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Chicago where she was the Norman Maclean scholar. She retired recently as Professor of English at Augustana College where she also wrote and narrated word histories for WVIK, the college's... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

2:30pm

Historical writing/research panel
Speakers
avatar for Jane Little Botkin

Jane Little Botkin

Jane (Janie) Little Botkin is a retired teacher turned historical investigator and author.  After graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in English, Botkin taught high school students for thirty years and supervised fifteen volumes of the student publication... Read More →
avatar for Beth Judy

Beth Judy

Beth Judy grew up in Chicago, graduated from Harvard College in 1983, and moved from Atlanta to Missoula in 1992, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Montana. Researching and writing her book Bold Women in Montana History (spring 2017, Mountain Press... Read More →
avatar for Lorna Milne

Lorna Milne

Lorna Milne writes from Helena, Montana, where she lives on a small farm with her husband and a soccer-playing, fowl-herding sheep dog named Little Bear. Milne has published essays and short stories in periodicals such as Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, The Boston Globe Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Ken Robison

Ken Robison

Ken Robison is a historian and preservationist and a chronicler of neglected Western history at the Overholser Historical Research Center in Fort Benton. He was born and educated in Montana, and after graduating from the University of Montana, served thirty years in Naval Intelligence... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:30pm

Inlanders: A Reading & Publishing Panel with Fugue and Willow Springs
Speakers
avatar for R. Cassandra Bruner

R. Cassandra Bruner

R. Cassandra Bruner currently is an MFA poetry candidate at Eastern Washington University, where she works as the Managing Editor for Willow Springs Books and the Web Editor for Willow Springs magazine. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Axolotl and Vinyl. Before... Read More →
avatar for Sam Ligon

Sam Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He is co-editor, with Kate Lebo, of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence... Read More →
avatar for Chris Maccini

Chris Maccini

Christopher Maccini ​lives in his hometown, Spokane, WA where he is​ Managing Editor of Willow Springs and a student in the MFA at Eastern Washington University. His fiction has been published in Fugue. 
avatar for Cameron McGill

Cameron McGill

Cameron McGill is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Idaho and the poetry editor of the journal Fugue. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fogged Clarity, Poetry East, Measure, Aesthetica, and Grist, where his work was recently selected as runner-up... Read More →
avatar for Corey Oglesby

Corey Oglesby

Corey Oglesby is a third-year M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of Idaho. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, his work has most recently appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal and Queen Mob's Teahouse. A 2017 Centrum Fellow, he currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Westerfield

Lauren Westerfield

Lauren Westerfield is an essayist from the Northern California coast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], The Los Angeles Times, Redivider, and The Rumpus, where she has also served as an Assistant Essays Editor. Lauren is an M.F.A candidate in nonfiction at the University... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N. Pattee Street, Missoula , MT 59802

4:15pm

CTRL-Shift: Prominent Poets on their Writing Practices at the Dawn of Personal Computing
From November 2013 to June 2014, Librarian and poet Devin Becker interviewed 11 prominent poets across the country on their writing practices with a particular focus on how their practice changed with the dawn of the personal computer in the 1980s and 1990s. The interviews ranged widely across subjects, eras, and technologies, covering such topics as the iPad usage of Louise Glück and Rae Armantrout, Bruce Beasley’s use of Google Translate to rewrite adolescent poetry, K. Silem Mohammad’s flarf practices, Stephanie Strickland’s online mashup of Melville and Dickinson, and Robert Pinsky’s authoring of an early 80s text-based computer game. 
There were a few overarching questions, however, that guided the interviews: How did the introduction and subsequent spread of digital environments impact the way these writers produced their work? What types of changes did they experience during the transition from paper-based working environments to digitally based ones? Did they see these new environments as mere extensions of their paper-based ones? Or did they experience the change as a fundamental break in their practices? Becker attempted to cover these and a series of other in each interview with a view towards presenting the answers together 

Speakers
avatar for Devin Becker

Devin Becker

Devin Becker is the Director of the Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL) and the Head of Data & Digital Services at the University of Idaho Library, where he directs and maintains the library's digital initiatives program. Becker has published poetry and research articles... Read More →
avatar for Corey Oglesby

Corey Oglesby

Corey Oglesby is a third-year M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of Idaho. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, his work has most recently appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal and Queen Mob's Teahouse. A 2017 Centrum Fellow, he currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Westerfield

Lauren Westerfield

Lauren Westerfield is an essayist from the Northern California coast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], The Los Angeles Times, Redivider, and The Rumpus, where she has also served as an Assistant Essays Editor. Lauren is an M.F.A candidate in nonfiction at the University... Read More →
avatar for Robert Wrigley

Robert Wrigley

Robert Wrigley has published twelve books of poetry, most recently Box (Penguin Books, 2017), and Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems (Penguin Books, 2013). Among his awards are the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Poets’ Prize, the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Prize, and the... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N. Pattee Street, Missoula , MT 59802

4:15pm

Montana Noir Q & A
Get the inside story on the making of the Montana Noir anthology from several contributing writers and co-editors, James Grady and Keir Graff.

Speakers
avatar for David Abrams

David Abrams

David Abrams’ debut novel about the Iraq War, Fobbit, was named a New York Times Notable Book. He served in the U.S. Army for twenty years and was deployed to Iraq in 2005 as part of a public affairs team. His stories have appeared in Esquire, Narrative, and other literary maga... Read More →
avatar for Gwen Florio

Gwen Florio

Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio turned to fiction in 2013 with the publication of MONTANA, the first in her Lola Wicks mystery series. The fifth book in that series, UNDER THE SHADOWS, will be released in 2018, as well as a standalone novel set in Afghanistan, WOMEN OF STONE... Read More →
avatar for James Grady

James Grady

James Grady was born and raised in Shelby and graduated from the University of Montana. He was a research analyst for the state’s 1972 Constitutional Convention and a legislative aide to Montana’s U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf during Watergate. Grady’s first novel, Six Days Of The Condor... Read More →
avatar for Keir Graff

Keir Graff

Keir Graff was born and raised in Missoula, where he attended Hellgate High School and, briefly, the University of Montana. The co-editor (with James Grady) of Montana Noir, he is also the author of four novels for adults (most recently, The Price of Liberty), two novels for middle-graders... Read More →
avatar for Eric Heidle

Eric Heidle

Eric Heidle is a full-blooded Montanan-American living and working east of the divide as a creative director, writer, and photographer. In 2015 his story, “At Jackson Creek,” took first place in Montana Public Radio’s fiftieth-anniversary short fiction contest. Eric’s photography... Read More →
avatar for Sinder Larson

Sinder Larson

Sidner Larson is the former director of American Indian Studies at Iowa State University (2000–2015); an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre tribal community of Fort Belknap; and the author of Catch Colt,Captured In The Middle, and numerous academic articles and poems. He is... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson grew up in Missoula, Montana, in the four-square Prairie-style house built by her great-grandfather in 1906 after he won a case against the Great Northern Railway. She lives there today with her husband and her two college-aged children. In 2006, she published the... Read More →
avatar for Yvonne Seng

Yvonne Seng

Yvonne Seng has lived in Montana for most of the twenty-first century—in Missoula, Ovando, and Helena, where she was curator for the Holter Museum of Art—all after having worked extensively in the Middle East. Born in Australia, her first book was the nonfiction Men In Black... Read More →
avatar for Carrie La Seur

Carrie La Seur

Carrie La Seur is a Billings-based environmental lawyer whose debut novel, The Home Place, was on the Indie Next List, won a High Plains Book Award, and was a finalist for a Strand Critics’ Circle Award. Her work has been published in Daily Beast; Grist; the Guardian;the Harvard Law and Poli... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801
 
Saturday, September 30
 

9:30am

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers Talk Contemporary Crime and Mystery Fiction
Speakers
avatar for Leslie Budewitz

Leslie Budewitz

Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the Northwest in the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in Jewel Bay, Montana. The 2015-16 president of Sisters in Crime and first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction... Read More →
avatar for Christine Carbo

Christine Carbo

Christine Carbo is the author of The Wild Inside, Mortal Fall and The Weight of Night. She is a recipient of the Womens' National Book Association Pinckley Prize, the Silver Falchion Award and a two-time finalist for the High Plains Book Award. After getting an MA in English and linguistics... Read More →
avatar for Gwen Florio

Gwen Florio

Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio turned to fiction in 2013 with the publication of MONTANA, the first in her Lola Wicks mystery series. The fifth book in that series, UNDER THE SHADOWS, will be released in 2018, as well as a standalone novel set in Afghanistan, WOMEN OF STONE... Read More →
avatar for Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens is the son of two librarians. By law, he was required to grow up loving books. And writing. He is the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year. He writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series—Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline and Lake of Fire. The... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins

10:45am

A Snapshot of the Auxillary
No fewer than nine former students of the late Richard Hugo and Madeline DeFrees are publishing new books in 2017: Tom Aslin, David Axelrod, Candace Black, Laurie Blauner, Patricia Clark, Tom Mitchell, Walter Pavlich, Rick Robbins, Lex Runiman, and Robert Wrigley. More than half of these same writers are Lost Horse or Lynx House Press poets. All of the writers here, too, have remained deeply committed to a poetics learned in Missoula: rhythmical complexity, clarity, and humor, while giving voice to the voiceless or marginalized. We propose a reading in gratitude to Missoula, a city that has imprinted itself on our lives and has influenced our work for a generation or more.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Aslin

Tom Aslin

Thomas Aslin's books include a chapbook, Sweet Smoke, and two full length collections, A Moon Over Wings and Salvage.
avatar for David Axelrod

David Axelrod

David Axelrod is the author of eight collections of poetry, the most recent, The Open Hand (Lost Horse Press, 2017). He is editor of Sensational Nightingales: The Collected Poetry of Walter Pavlich (Lynx House Press, 2017), and a collection of essays, Troubled Intimacies (OSU Press... Read More →
avatar for Candace Black

Candace Black

Candace Black lives in south-central Minnesota and teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University Mankato.  She has published two books of poetry—The Volunteer (New Rivers Press, 2003), Whereabouts (Snake Nation Press, 2017)—and a chapbook, Casa Marina (RopeWalk... Read More →
avatar for Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell's  full-length book of poetry, The Way Summer Ends (Lost Horse Press, 2016)
avatar for Rick Robbins

Rick Robbins

Richard Robbins's Body Turn to Rain: New & Selected Poems was published by Spokane’s Lynx House Press in May.
avatar for Lex Runciman

Lex Runciman

Lex Runciman has published six books of poems, including most recently Salt Moons: Poems 1981-2016 from Salmon Poetry (Ireland).  An earlier volume, The Admirations, won the Oregon Book Award. 


Saturday September 30, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins

11:15am

Women Fiction Writers' Panel
Hear five prose writers discuss their work: Chauna Craig (The Widow's Guide to Edible Mushrooms) Jamie Harrison (The Widow Nash), Caroline Patterson (Ballet at the Moose Lodge), Alexandra Teague (The Principles Behind Flotation), and Milana Marsenich (Copper Sky). In short stories and novels, contemporary and historical, these five writers have explored the lives of women: women who reinvent themselves to escape emotional damage; women who negotiated the tricky waters of small towns, girls who bear witness to strained family dynamics. 

Speakers
avatar for Chauna Craig

Chauna Craig

Chauna Craig is the author of the story collection The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms (Press 53, 2017). Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Fourth Genre, Prairie Schooner, Seattle Review, Flash Fiction International, Crab Orchard Review and other literary magazines and... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Harrison

Jamie Harrison

Jamie Harrison, the author of The Widow Nash (Counterpoint), has lived in Montana with her family for thirty years and has worked as a caterer, a gardener, and an editor. She is the author of four previous novels known as the Blue Deer mysteries.
avatar for Milana Marsenich

Milana Marsenich

Milana Marsenich lives in Northwest Montana near Flathead Lake at the base of the beautiful Mission Mountains. She enjoys quick access to the mountains and has spent many hours hiking the wilderness trails with friends and dogs. For the past 20 years she has worked as a mental health... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson grew up in Missoula, Montana, in the four-square Prairie-style house built by her great-grandfather in 1906 after he won a case against the Great Northern Railway. She lives there today with her husband and her two college-aged children. In 2006, she published the... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague is the author of the novel The Principles Behind Flotation (Skyhorse, 2017), which is described in a Booklist starred review as a debut novel that “masterfully chronicles the friction, contradictions, and emotional tsunamis of being an intelligent 14-year-old... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

12:00pm

Celebrating 30 Years of The Last Best Place: Making It Happen- Presented by The Montana Center for the Book
Margaret Kingsland, Bill Kittredge, Annick Smith, Bill Bevis, Mary Clearman Blew, Bill Lang, and Lois Welch engage in conversation and answer questions about the making of the "Big Book."

Speakers
avatar for Bill Bevis

Bill Bevis

William (Bill) BevisB ill Bevis is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Montana in Missoula, retired since 2003. He has published books on the poetry of Wallace Stevens—Mind of Winter: Wallace Stevens, Meditation, and Literature (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh... Read More →
avatar for Mary Clearman Blew

Mary Clearman Blew

Mary Clearman Blew grew up on a small cattle ranch in Montana, on the site of her great-grandfather’s 1882 homestead. Her memoir "All But the Waltz: Essays on a Montana Family," won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, as did her short story collection, "Runaway." A novel, "Jackalope... Read More →
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Margatet Kingsland

Margaret Kingsland was the Executive Director of the Montana Committee for the Humanities from 1973-1995. She does freelance editing, curating, and humanities presentations, in addition her work for civil rights and social justice.
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William Kittredge

William Kittredge taught creative writing for 29 years at The University of Montana. He is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Van Gogh Fields and Other Stories (1979) and We Are Not In This Together (1984); a novel, The Willow Field (2006); a memoir, Hole in the Sky... Read More →
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Bill Lang

William L. Lang is a professor of history at Portland State University, where he teaches environmental and public history. He is author or editor of seven books on Pacific Northwest history, including Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia River and Two Centuries of Lewis... Read More →
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Annick Smith

Annick Smith Annick Smith is a writer and filmmaker from western Montana. Born in Paris, she grew up in Chicago, lived in Seattle, and has settled in Montana for over fifty years. She was a filmmaker first, producing the prize-winning feature "Heartland" and was a co-producer of... Read More →
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Lois Welch

Lois Welch taught comparative literature at UM  from 1966-2001,  directing the Creative Writing Program for eight years, chairing the English department for three. After marrying James Welch in 1968, theirs was a busy literary life; after his death in 2003, she remains active as... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 West Main Street, Missoula, Montana 59802

12:30pm

Embracing the Unhappy Ending: Why Sad Stories Matter.
Speakers
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Donna Miscolta

Donna Miscolta’s short story collection Hola and Goodbye was selected by Randall Kenan for the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman and publication by Carolina Wren Press in 2016. It won the 2017 Independent Publishers gold medal for Best Regional Fiction - West Pacific and... Read More →
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Wendy Oleson

Wendy Oleson is the author of Our Daughter and Other Stories, which won the 2017 Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award (Map Literary). Her stories, poems, and hybrid texts appear in Cimarron Review, Calyx, Copper Nickel, Carve, and elsewhere. Wendy holds degrees from Amherst College (BA... Read More →
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Erin Pringle

Erin Pringle grew up in rural Illinois and is the author of two short story collections, The Whole World at Once (West Virginia University Press/Vandalia Press 2017) and The Floating Order (Two Ravens Press, 2009). Her work has been four-times nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2007... Read More →
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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, is forthcoming... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Hillbilly Gothic: Getting the Dirt on Pollock
A personal interview with Donald Ray Pollock reveals his former life as a millworker and truck driver in Southern Ohio and how these, and other life experiences, shape his fiction.

Speakers
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Donald Ray Pollock

Donald Ray Pollock is the author of the novels The Devil All the Time and The Heavenly Table, and the story collection Knockemstiff, for which he was awarded the 2009 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fellowship. He worked as a laborer at the Mead Paper Mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, from 1973... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

1:30pm

Bill Kittredge Lifetime Achievement Panel
The University of Montana Creative Writing Program celebrates the life achievements of Professor Emeritus William “Bill” Kittredge. Bill taught in the program for 30 years and has a visiting writer position named after him. He is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Van Gogh Fields and Other Stories (1979) and We Are Not In This Together (1984); a novel, The Willow Field (2006); a memoir, Hole in the Sky (1992); and three collections of essays, Owning It All (1987), Who Owns the West (1996) and The Next Rodeo: New and Selected Essays (2006). He has received a Stegner Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, the Los Angeles Times Award for Lifetime Achievement, the National Humanities Award (presented by Bill Clinton in the Rose Garden in 1994), Montana Governor’s Award for the Arts, Montana Governor’s Award for the Humanities, and numerous other awards. He was co-editor with Annick Smith of The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology and co-producer of A River Runs Through It. He has published essays and articles in over 50 magazines, including Atlantic, Harper's, Esquire, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Karin Schalm, the Creative Writing Program Coordinator, is making a short film about Bill Kittredge’s life. She says, “Bill would like to be remembered most for his teaching. He taught so many successful writers at UM over the years – Jon Jackson, Pete Fromm, Kim Barnes, Judy Blunt, Andrew Sean Greer… the list goes on and on. We are delighted to be celebrating Bill and all of his achievements at the Montana Book Festival.”

The panel participants will discuss their literary and personal histories with Bill. Robert Stubblefield shares Eastern Oregon roots and has developed a lifelong friendship with Bill. Debra Earling, Director of Creative Writing, was the youngest writer to be selected for "The Last Best Place Anthology" and can discuss, along with Deirdre McNamer and Kim Zupan, Bill’s literary importance to writers of the West. Shawn McDermott, one of Bill’s last students who studied with him when he served as the “Distinguished Kittredge Visiting Writer” in 2012, will discuss Bill’s tremendous talents as a teacher and mentor.

Moderators
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Robert Stubblefield

Robert Stubblefield has published fiction and personal essays in Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Short Fiction of the American West, Best Stories of the American West, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Left Bank, The Clackamas Literary Review, Cascadia Times, Oregon Humanities, Oregon... Read More →

Speakers
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Debra Earling

Debra Magpie Earling teaches fiction at the University of Montana. Her novel Perma Red (Putnam, 2002) won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. The Lost Journals of... Read More →
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William Kittredge

William Kittredge taught creative writing for 29 years at The University of Montana. He is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Van Gogh Fields and Other Stories (1979) and We Are Not In This Together (1984); a novel, The Willow Field (2006); a memoir, Hole in the Sky... Read More →
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Shawn McDernott

Shawn McDermott holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. She works as a freelance writer in Butte, Montana, where she lives in the historic uptown with her husband and daughter.
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Deirdre McNamer

Deirdre McNamer is the author of the novels Rima in the Weeds (HarperCollins, 1991), One Sweet Quarrel (HarperCollins, 1994), My Russian (Houghton Mifflin, 1999), and Red Rover (Viking, 2007), which was named a Best Book of 2007 by Artforum, The Washington Post, and the LA Times... Read More →
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Kim Zupan

Kim Zupan is a native Montanan who grew up in and around Great Falls, where much of his novel The Ploughmen is set. Winner of the 2014 Montana Book Award, The Ploughmen was released by Holt and has been published through Harper Collins Canada and by Picador in the United Kingdom... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 West Main Street, Missoula, Montana 59802

2:30pm

Some Like it (Steamy) Hot!
Speakers
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Kristen Proby

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me in Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha... Read More →
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Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and Montana Men series. She writes suspenseful contemporary romances with outrageous plot twists, deeply emotional love stories, high stakes and higher drama. Her stories are filled with love... Read More →
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Danica Winters

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Paranormal Romantic... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 West Front Street Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Montana Writing since The Last Best Place, Presented by The Montana Center for the Book
Speakers
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Ken Egan

Ken Egan has served as the executive director of Humanities Montana since 2009. He earned his B.A. in English at the University of Montana, his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught English at Middlebury College, Rocky Mountain College... Read More →
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Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, including Where Outside the Body Is the Soul Today, selected by Linda Bierds for the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series (University of Washington Press 2017), Pictograph (Milkweed Editions 2015), and Reading Novalis in Montana (Milkweed... Read More →
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Aaron Parrett

Aaron Parrett started writing songs in 1995 while living on Barber Street in Athens, Georgia, while he was enrolled in graduate school in Comparative Literature. The Sinners, his first CD, came out in 1996 to great critical acclaim. A year later he teamed up with Jason Anderson... Read More →
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Natalie Peeterse

Natalie Peeterse has an MFA from the University of Montana. Her poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Sonora Review and Strange Machine, among other journals. Selected poems have appeared in the anthology I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost... Read More →
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Kathryn Shanley

Kathryn Shanley teaches in Native American Studies at the University of Montana and serves as Special Assistant to the Provost for Native American and Indigenous Education. She earned an MA (Diaspora Literature) and a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Native American literature... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 West Main Street, Missoula, Montana 59802

4:15pm

Different Paths into Nature Writing
Moderators
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Nick Neely

Nick Neely’s first book of essays, Coast Range: A Collection from the Pacific Edge (Counterpoint), was a finalist for the 2017 John Burroughs Medal for natural history writing and CLMP’s Firecracker Award for Creative Nonfiction. He is the recipient of a PEN Northwest Boyden Wilderness... Read More →

Speakers
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John Clayton

John Clayton is the author of Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Icon, published by Pegasus Books in August. His previous books include Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier and The Cowboy Girl: The Life of Caroline Lockhart, which was... Read More →
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Jack Clinton

Jack Clinton lives in Red Lodge, Montana, and works as a Spanish teacher. Clinton spent most of his adult life in Wyoming, working as kitchen help, laborer, carpenter, and mountain guide. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degree in Spanish at the University of Wyoming, in Laramie... Read More →
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Bernard Quetchenbach

Bernard Quetchenbach’s latest books are Accidental Gravity, an essay collection (Oregon State University Press) and a poetry collection, The Hermit’s Place (Wild Leaf Press). He has published poetry, articles, and essays in various periodicals and anthologies, including Poems... Read More →
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Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts, a collaboration with visual artist Carrie DeBacker (Entre Rios Books, Fall 2017), Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015), and Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011). Maya serves as Assistant Professor... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801
 
Sunday, October 1
 

10:00am

We Will Be Heard, We Will Not Be Shamed: Radical Transparency through Form, Place, and Desire in Queer Western Nonfiction
In this panel three emerging queer writers (all out of northern Idaho) will discuss the role of radical transparency in their personal essay and memoir writing. 

Speakers
avatar for Keegan Lawler

Keegan Lawler

Keegan Lawler is a senior in the undergraduate English program at the University of Idaho. Her interests include creative nonfiction, queer and feminism studies, and ecocriticism.
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Austin Maas

Austin Maas is an undergraduate English student at the University of Idaho. A journalist and creative writer, his articles frequently appear in the Argonaut and Blot magazine, and his creative works have been highlighted in Moscow, Idaho’s Pop-up Prose Reading Series. This year... Read More →
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Laura Zak

Laura Zak is a queer writer from the Texas Panhandle. She placed as a finalist in the Montana Book Festival’s 2017 Regional Emerging Writer’s Contest and her work can be seen or is forthcoming in Furious Gazelle, The Manifest-Station, and Sundog Literary Magazine. She is a recent... Read More →


Sunday October 1, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
E3 Convergence Gallery 229 W MAIN ST MISSOULA, MT, 59802

10:00am

The Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Self Publishing
Speakers
avatar for C.J. Anderson-Wu

C.J. Anderson-Wu

C.J. Anderson-Wu’s short stories appear in Anthology of Short Stories in English, Eastlit, and Lunaris Review, among other literary journals. She has translated several significant literary works such as Darkness Visible​ by British writer William Golding, Fanny, Being the True... Read More →
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Timothy Browne

Timothy Browne is an orthopaedic surgeon and medical missionary who has served around the world with Operation Blessing, Mercy Ships, and Hope Force International. Browne has ministered in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil, Ukraine, Borneo, Malaysia, Singapore... Read More →
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P.R. Oliver

A graduate of the University of Montana School of Law, P.R. Oliver is an attorney in Billings, Montana. Oliver, an army brat born in California and raised in Virginia, attended Washington and Lee University and received degrees from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. Before... Read More →


Sunday October 1, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802