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Saturday, September 30
 

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
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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 →
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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

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

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