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Wednesday, September 27
 

12:00pm

Where is the Love? Craft Lecture with David Allan Cates
What makes us artists? What gives power to our work? This talk describes how stories are driven by our suffering and our mortality, and how these two certainties also power our artistic drive. 

Speakers
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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 →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E3 Convergence Gallery 229 W MAIN ST MISSOULA, MT, 59802

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. 


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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 →
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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
 

11:00am

Swing through American History with Mark Matthews

Social dancing and popular music not only brought American communities together throughout the centuries, but also helped to build a nation by breaking down racial and class barriers. That's what Mark Matthews discovered while researching his series of books  Swinging through American History. European-based dancing such as the western square dance and New England contra dance helped strengthen the underpinnings of colonial and settlement societies, and more recently helped white Americans recover from the traumas of World War II. On the other hand, the degree to which white culture began to appropriate black music and dance mirrored the progress that our country made toward racial desegregation and integration. When white people started dancing like black people, they eventually started interacting with blacks at honky tonks and ballrooms—and even dancing with black partners. Mark will intersperse his outline of the history of social dancing in America with some readings about interesting dance communities throughout the ages including the 19th century transcendentalist Brook Farm commune and Harlem's Savoy Ballroom of the 1940s.



Speakers
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Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews once composed a one-word Artist's Statement for a sculpture exhibit which read: PERSIST! That's basically what Mark has been doing for most of his adult life in order to create various types of art. Since graduating from Brandeis University in 1974, he has published... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Truth to Power Anthology

Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts presents a special collection of poetry, fiction and nonfiction edited by Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, and Pam Uschuk, meant to address the rise in the public rhetoric of hatred and fear, prompted by the 2016 presidential campaign and election.  Writers from diverse cultures, genders, ethnic backgrounds and races from all over the U.S. respond in poetry, fiction and nonfiction to social issues ranging from immigration, LGBT rights, women's rights, rights for people with disabilities, African American Rights, Indigenous American Rights and Latino rights, poverty, inequality, the attack on our natural environment and more.
Contributor Christin Rzasa will read and answer questions.


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Thursday September 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

5:30pm

Words with Wings: Missoula Writing Collaborative Student Poetry Reading

Join us to hear young poets ages 8 to 14 read poems about everything from eating carrots to slalom skiing, from making ziti to lake swimming. Munch on goldfish and gummy bears as MWC poets read poems they created during our 2017 Words With Wings Camp.


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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 →


Thursday September 28, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
 
Friday, September 29
 

9:30am

Tour the Matchstick Castle!

Join Keir Graff as he reads from his new book "The Matchstick Castle," a wild and whimsical adventure not to be missed.  Kids of all ages can come along to Boring, Illinois, where Brian's summer vacation takes a turn that is, well, anything but boring!! 

Speakers
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 →


Friday September 29, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Paxson Elementary School 101 Evans Avenue, Missoula, MT

10:00am

Fiction Reading: Meghan Lamb & Jacob Appel
TBD

Speakers
avatar for Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel's first novel, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence in November 2013. He is the author of five other collections... Read More →
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Meghan Lamb

Meghan Lamb is the recipient of an MFA in Fiction from Washington University and the 2018 Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing. She is the author of the novel Silk Flowers (Birds of Lace, 2017), the poetry chapbook Letter to Theresa (dancing girl press, 2016), and the novella... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Missoula Art Museum 335 N. Pattee Street, Missoula , MT 59802

10:00am

Take a Swim wth Sandra Scofield
In her latest collection of stories, Swim: Stories of the Sixties, Sandra Scofield paints portraits of a displaced and disturbed woman as she flirts with danger in three exotic settings. Sandra is the author of seven novels, a memoir (Occasions of Sin), a collection of essays (Mysteries of Love and Grief) and a craft book (The Scene Book). The Last Draft: A Novelist's Guide to Revision will be out this fall. Sandra, who grew up in Texas, migrated across various regions of the country before settling in Oregon. She moved to Montana in 2005 and has taught in MFA programs and summer workshops. She also paints.



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avatar for Sandra Scofield

Sandra Scofield

Sandra Scofield is the author of 11 books: seven novels (including a National Book Award finalist); a memoir, Occasions of Sin; a book of essays about family, Mysteries of Love and Grief; a craft book, The Scene Book; and most recently, Swim: Stories of the Sixties. The Last Draft... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Missoula Art Museum 335 N. Pattee Street, Missoula , MT 59802

11:30am

Splitting Atoms, Weaving Words
Joni Wallace shares a poetic view of the Manhattan Project with readings from her new book Kingdom Come Radio Show.  Rob Carney leads us down roads paved with words reading selections from his most recent work, 88 Maps.  

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avatar for Rob Carney

Rob Carney

Rob Carney is the author of four previous books of poems, most recently 88 Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2015), which was named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, as well as the forthcoming collection The Book of Sharks (Black Lawrence Press). In 2014 he received the Robinson... Read More →
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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 11:30am - 12:30pm
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

11:30am

Bold Women and Rebels of the West
Join three beloved Montana authors while they read from their new works celebrating the wild and courageous, sometimes unsung, heroes in the history of the American West.

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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 →
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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 11:30am - 12:45pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

11:30am

Under-Worldly Lament of a Horse with Holes In It: Three Poets, One Room

Poets Kristie Betts-Letter (Under-Worldly)  Cara Chamberlain ( Lament of the Antichrist in a Secular World and Other Poems) and Greg Brownderville (A Horse With Holes In It) paint a colorful poetic landscape with selections from each of their latest works.  


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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 Cara Chamberlain

Cara Chamberlain

Cara Chamberlain is the author of three books of poetry, Hidden Things, The Divine Botany, and Lament of the Antichrist in a Secular World and Other Poems. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Nimrod, Boston Review, Passages North, Crab Orchard Review, and The Southern... Read More →
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Kristie Betts Letter

Kristie Betts Letter's poetry collection, Under-Worldly (Editorial L’Aleph 2017) examines what lies beneath with what Cowboy Jamboree describes as “fantastic images of the subterranean grit.” The Massachusetts Review, The North Dakota Quarterly, Washington Square, Passages North... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 11:30am - 12:45pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N. Pattee Street, Missoula , MT 59802

12:00pm

Ballet at the Moose Lodge
Patterson explores what it is to grow up female in the American West. Her narratives reveal the lives of travelers, homemakers, radio show announcers, mothers, teachers, dancers, shop clerks, and the subterranean world of girls and explore the visible and invisible negotiations women make to navigate lives bound by the rugged western landscape. 

Speakers
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 →


Friday September 29, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins

1:00pm

The Wonder of Birds
Jim Robbins has gone to the birds in his latest work: The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us about Ourselves, The World, and a Better Future. For more than 35 years Jim has written for The New York Times and numerous national magazines while covering environmental and science stories across the United States and around the globe. Jim's other books include The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, The Science of Trees, and A Plan to Save the Planet; Last Refuge: The Environmental Showdown in the American West; and A Symphony in the Brain: The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback. He is also the co-author of The Open-Focus Brain and Dissolving Pain. Jim lives in Helena, Montana.

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avatar for Jim Robbins

Jim Robbins

Jim Robbins has written for The New York Times for more than thirty-five years. He has also written for numerous magazines, including Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times, and Conservation. He has covered environmental... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

1:00pm

Alchemous Beasts: A Poet and Two Fiction Writers Walk Into a Bar.
Join poet Maya Jewell Zeller and fiction writers Leyna Krow and Zach VandeZande as they
read works that explore the liminal spaces between human and beast, realism and surrealism. You'll leave feeling strange enough to don the head of an animal and wander the hills and shores of our shared laboratory of an earth.

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins

1:00pm

Frank Little and the IWW : ​The Blood That Stained an American Family
"The life and family legacy of a tireless labor organizer"

Franklin Henry Little (1878–1917), an organizer for the Western Federation of Miners and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), fought in some of the early twentieth century’s most contentious labor and free-speech struggles. Following his lynching in Butte, Montana, his life and legacy became shrouded in tragedy and family secrets. In her new non-fiction Frank Little and the IWW, author Jane Little Botkin chronicles her great-granduncle’s fascinating life and reveals its connections to the history of American labor and the first Red Scare.

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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 →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Mining the Details of Disaster
Grab a pasty and your headlamp and join us as Kevin Canty and Milana Marsenich take us down into the mineshaft.  

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Canty

Kevin Canty

Kevin Canty is the author of four novels and three short story collections and has been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, and the New York Times Magazine. He currently teaches at the University of Montana in Missoula.
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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 →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N. Pattee Street, 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. 
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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

2:30pm

Family, Place and Tradition
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 Donna Miscolta

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 →


Friday September 29, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins

2:30pm

Two Butte Writers Not Writing about Butte: Fiction Readings by David Abrams and Ted McDermott
Two Butte-based novelists will read from their new novels and discuss how their fiction contemplates group dynamics.
David Abrams drew from his experiences in the Iraq War when writing his debut novel, Fobbit, and again in his follow-up novel, Brave Deeds.  David 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 magazines.
Ted McDermott is the author of The Minor Outsider, a novel that chronicles the life of a self-absorbed young creative writer in Missoula. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in VICE, The Believer, The Portland Review, The Minus Times, and elsewhere. In 2009, he was nominated for the Essay Prize. Ted works as an editor and freelance reporter.

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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 →
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Ted McDermott

Ted McDermott is the author of The Minor Outsider, a novel. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in VICE, The Believer, The Portland Review, The Minus Times, and elsewhere. In 2009, he was nominated for the Essay Prize. He lives in Butte, Montana, where he works as an editor and... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

3:00pm

If Ash Falls Into a Cold Hearted River...Does it Make a Sound?
Find out for yourself when Keith McCafferty reads from his new book, Cold Hearted River, and Warren Read reads from his latest,  Ash Falls.

Speakers
avatar for Keith McCafferty

Keith McCafferty

Keith McCafferty is the Survival and Outdoor Skills editor of Field & Stream and the author of the Sean Stranahan mystery series, including The Royal Wulff Murders, The Gray Ghost Murders, Dead Man's Fancy, Crazy Mountain Kiss, which won the Western Writers of America 2016 Spur Award... Read More →
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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 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Yellowstone: Ansel Adams vs. Yogi Bear
John Clayton reads selections from Wonderlandscape, accompanied by a slide presentation.

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 →


Friday September 29, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N. Pattee Street, Missoula , MT 59802

4:15pm

Melissa Kwasny Book Release: Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today
After a busy afternoon, pull up a chair and take a load off while Melissa Kwasly reads from her brand new book, Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today.  

Speakers
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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 →


Friday September 29, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins

4:15pm

2017 Emerging Writers Contest Winners Reading
Come hear the writing that blew our judges's minds in the 2017 Emerging Writers Contest.  R. Cassandra Bruner reads poetry, Catherine Raven, nonfiction, and Patrick Vala-Haynes reads fiction. If these writers are "emerging," there's no telling what they're capable of in the future!  Grab a seat for a reading that will knock your socks off. 

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 →
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Catherine Raven

Catherine Raven earned her BA in Botany/ Zoology at UM and served as a backcountry ranger during summer and fall at Mt. Rainier National Park. She graduated with a UM President's Recognition Award for Biological Sciences, and completed her Ph.D. in biology at Montana State University... Read More →
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Patrick Vala-Haynes

Patrick Vala-Haynes is a Sundance Screenwriting Fellow, fiction writer, essayist, and reluctant poet. He admits to knowing more about well-drilling, carpentry, dance, bicycles, cannons, and alfalfa than any man should. As a freelance Fight Director, he has choreographed sword fights and... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
 
Saturday, September 30
 

10:00am

The Consequences of Really Bad Decisions: Fiction Readings by Eric Scott Fischl and Sean McDaniel
Eric Scott Fischl's novel The Trials of Solomon Parker utilizes speculative historical fiction and the supernatural to tell the story of an old, broken man deep in debt to some evil characters in Butte, Montana, in 1916 and his encounter with "the gods of the People." Eric, who resides in the Bitterroot Mountains, has also written Dr. Potter's Medicine Show.

Sean McDaniel's debut novel Criminal Zoo follows the life of a serial killer from his abused childhood to his capture and incarceration in a government-run torture facility. Sean resides in Billings where he works as a fitness trainer. 

Speakers
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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.
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Sean McDaniel

Sean McDaniel, son of a Marine Corps captain, was born in Durango, Colorado. While he releases his inner demons on paper, in real life he scoops up a spider and releases it unscathed outdoors. Sean believes that, in writing, everything is fair game. His motto: Read at your own risk... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802

10:00am

Jane Smiley reads for Junior Bookworms (and the Young at Heart)
An all-ages event with Pulitzer-winning author Jane Smiley. Jane will discuss The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch (her five-book series of novels for young readers), as well as her first children's picture book Twenty Yawns

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Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, Some Luck and Early Warning, the first volumes of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

12:00pm

Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O'Keefe, plus The Close-Up meets the Long View: a Hybrid reading of Flash Fiction and Memoir
Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeffe is a collection of lyric essays that take inspiration from the letters of American modernist, Georgia O’Keeffe.  Moving between memoir, archival work, and site visits, the essays consider how an artist— both visual and literary—can capture the ineffable experience of being in this world—what O’Keeffe would often call “It.”
 

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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 →
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Jennifer Sinor

Jennifer Sinor is the author of three books, most recently Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeffe (New Mexico 2017) and Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir (Utah 2017). Her essays have appeared in numerous places including The American Scholar, UTNE, Seneca Review, and Gulf Coast... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins

1:00pm

Solving Mysteries and Panning for Gold--Readings by David Carpenter, P.R. Oliver, Timothy Brown
P.R. Oliver, a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law, currently works as an attorney in Billings, Montana. An army brat born in California and raised in Virginia, P.R. also attended Washington and Lee University and received degrees from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. Before attending law school, P.R. spent twelve years in the computer business in a variety of capacities and lived or worked in various locales--which provided plenty of background when writing his new mystery Citizens Ununited: A Novel. In the mystery, heroine Alexandra Pipe, a former Montana rodeo star, uncovers evidence of a sinister plot by a super PAC hidden in computer files while working for a defense contractor. Once the super PAC gets wind of her investigation, they take out a contract on her.

Timothy Brown extensively drew from life and work experience when writing his novel Maya Hope. For many years, he has worked as an orthopaedic surgeon and medical missionary for Operation Blessing, Mercy Ships, and Hope Force International. His work has taken him throughout Latin America, Asia and the Caribean. Maya Hope (2016), his first novel, narrates the adventures of Dr. Nicklaus Hart in the backwater villages of Guatamala as he discovers something dreadfully wrong with the health of the local populations that he cannot explain or figure out. Timothy backs up his "what-if" scenario with layers of believable science and human nature. The second of the Nicklaus Hart series, The Tree of Life, is scheduled for release later this fall. Timothy now resides in Western Montana. 

David Carpenter sets many of his stories in the wilderness of the north country far. A native of Saskatoon,Saskatchewan, David's latest novel--The Gold--spins the yarn of an Englishman who emigrates to Canada to prospect for gold in the 1930s. David's previous release, The Education of Augie Merasty, placed 4th on Canada's National Posts's annual "99 Best Books of the Year." David has also won the prestigious Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence, a BURT Award for Indigenous cullture, and the Prime of Life Achievement Award from the University of Saskatchewan.

Speakers
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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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David Carpenter

David Carpenter began writing as a translator and critic, but in the mid-1980s he turned to writing fiction. He is the author of four novels, three collections of short fiction, one book of poems, and three works of literary nonfiction.  His most recent books have won more... 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 →


Saturday September 30, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Lessons from Wooly Mammoths and Volcanoes
Ian Lange went from cold to hot in his studies of natural history. His first book covered Ice Age Mammals of North America, and his most recent molten lava...Volcanoes: What's Hot and What's Not. Ian mastered the science of geology and stable isotope geochemistry at Dartmouth College and the University of Washington and has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, consulted for mineral exploration companies, and is a professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of Montana in Missoula.



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Ian Lange

Ian Lange, a graduate of Dartmouth College and with a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in geology and stable isotope geochemistry, was fascinated, upon seeing an article, in an old Life Magazine, about mega Ice Age animals. Lange worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, consulted... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Two Writers, One Reading: A View of the Whole World at Once
Polly Buckingham, winner of the Katherine Ann Porter prize for fiction, reads from her new collection of short stories, The Expense of a View, and Erin Pringle reads selections from her new book of short fiction, The Whole World at Once.

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, 2013, 2014, 2016), selected as a Best American Notable Non-Required Reading (2007), shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship (2007), and a finalist for contests such as the Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest and the Kore Press Short Fiction Award (2012). Pringle is a recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust fellowship (2012). She lives in Spokane, Washington, with her partner Heather and son, Henry. 

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Polly Buckingham

Polly Buckingham is the author of The Expense of a View (Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction 2016), and A Year of Silence (Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award for Fiction 2014). She was the recipient of a Washington State Artists Trust fellowship and of Hubbub's Kenneth... 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 →


Saturday September 30, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins

2:30pm

West of Love: new stories by Francis Davis
Francis Davis of Dillon, MT, reads from his new collection of short stories, West of Love,

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Francis Davis

Francis Davis was born and raised in Philadelphia, but has lived most of his adult life in the West.  A finalist for the 2016 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction for West of Love, his debut collection of stories, he’s won writing fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Nick Neely and Bernard Quetchenbach
Nature writing/Essays

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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 →
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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 →


Saturday September 30, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Shakespeare & Co 103 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

3:15pm

4:00pm

Reading: Jamie Harrison, Alexandra Teague
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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.
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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 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

4:30pm

Montana Center for the Book Prizes, and Montana’s New Poet Laureate, Lowell Jaeger, Presented by The Montana Center for the Book
Montana Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger teaches creative writing at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. He is author of six collections of poems: War On War  (Utah State University Press, 1988), Hope Against Hope (Utah State University Press 1990), Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press, 2009), WE (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2010), How Quickly What's Passing Goes Past (Grayson Books, 2013) and Driving the Back Road Home (Shabda Press, 2015). He is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from western states. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. In 2010, Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse.

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Lowell Jaeger

Lowell Jaeger, a Bigfork resident and nationally recognized poet, was named the Montana Poet Laureate in 2017.  He is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from western states. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s... Read More →



Saturday September 30, 2017 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 West Main Street, Missoula, Montana 59802
 
Sunday, October 1
 

12:00pm

Poetic Notions from Northern Idaho--Reading by Jennifer Met
Poet Jennifer Met, who lives in a small town in North Idaho, is attracting some major attention. Jennifer is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist for Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and winner of the Jovanovich Award. Her recent work has appeared in Gravel, Gulf Stream, Harpur Palate, Juked, Kestrel, Moon City Review, Nimrod, Sleet Magazine, Tinderbox, and Zone 3. She will be reading from her recently published chapbook Gallery Withheld (Glass Poetry Press, 2017).

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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 →


Sunday October 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E3 Convergence Gallery 229 W MAIN ST MISSOULA, MT, 59802

12:00pm

Mysteries, Love and Grief in the Given World

Marian Palaia reads from 

Marian Palaia
was born to wander. She was raised in Riverside, California, and Washington, DC., but since then the USPS has periodically forwarded her mail to Montana, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Nepal (where she was a Peace Corps volunteer) and eventually to San Francisco where she now lives. To support her writing Marian has worked as a truck driver, bartender and logger. The Given World, Marian's first novel, traces the wanderings of a troubled Montana teen through the streets of San Francisco during the post-Vietnam War era, and over to Saigon and back.

On The Given World:
“Nothing, nobody really goes away—not once they’ve infiltrated your life. No matter how many brain cells you drench in rocket fuel and hold your little lit Zippo to.”

Montana in the 60s on an isolated family farm; late nights and early mornings in 70s and 80s San Francisco; an emergent Saigon in the 90s; San Francisco, again, in time for cellphones, stock options and AIDS. And home—wherever that is—at a time and in a condition to be determined. At the heart of this book is a place we mostly identify with a war played out nightly on black and white TV, but it is not about war. It is about surviving immense loss, about a Montana girl and a motley band of co-gypsies, seeking to find, and define, home and family. It is about “bad behavior”—how it starts, and how it ends. What is set in motion by one casualty cascades, over the years, into others.

When she is 13, the army loses Riley’s brother Mick, a “tunnel rat” in Vietnam, and her life goes off the rails. Rescue, in the form of a boy from a nearby reservation, appears, but not for long. Hoping to beat the crappy odds and discover the ocean she’s always dreamt of, Riley heads west to San Francisco, and from there to Saigon. She encounters, sometimes attempts to rescue, and is as often rescued by an itinerant posse of the dispossessed. Taking their pain out mostly on themselves, they line a switch-backed trail that will lead Riley (if she survives them) to something along the lines of redemption.

Sandra Scofield will read from Mysteries of Love and Grief (November 2015), a book about her grandmother’s life.  Sandra Scofield spent most of her childhood with her grandmother Frieda and remained close to her in adulthood. When Frieda died, Sandra received her Bible and boxes of her photographs, letters, and notes. For thirty years, Sandra dipped into that cache.
            Sandra always sensed an undercurrent of hard feelings within her grandmother, but it was not until she sifted through Frieda’s belongings that she began to understand how much her life had demanded, and how much she had given. At the same time, questions in Sandra’s own history began to be answered, especially about the tug-of-war between her mother and grandmother. At last, in Mysteries of Love and Grief, Scofield wrestles with the meaning of her grandmother’s saga of labor and loss, trying to balance her need to understand with respect for Frieda’s mystery.





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Marian Palaia

Marian Palaia’s first novel, The Given World, (Simon and Schuster, 2015) was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize for Fiction, longlisted for The PEN/Bingham First Novel Prize, a finalist for the VCU/Cabell Award, and recognized by Kirkus as a Best Novel of 2015. She... Read More →
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Sandra Scofield

Sandra Scofield is the author of 11 books: seven novels (including a National Book Award finalist); a memoir, Occasions of Sin; a book of essays about family, Mysteries of Love and Grief; a craft book, The Scene Book; and most recently, Swim: Stories of the Sixties. The Last Draft... Read More →


Sunday October 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Fact & Fiction 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Viability, and other works by Sarah Vap
A reading by poet Sarah Vap, author of several collections of poetry, including including Viability (Penguin Books) and Dummy Fire, winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, and Gulf Coast, among other publications. 

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Sarah Vap

Sarah Vap is the author of six books of poetry and poetics. Her most recent book, Viability (Penguin 2016), was selected for the National Poetry Series. She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and teaches in the MFA program at Drew University.


Sunday October 1, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 West Front Street Missoula, MT 59802

3:15pm

Seeking Luminosity and Tending Bar in Missoula--Poetry Readings by Natalie Peeterse and Philip Shaefer
Philip Schaefer observes a variety of characters and aspects of life from behind the bar he tends in Missoula, Montana, when he isn't writing poetry. His debut collection Bad Summon (2017) won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the University of Utah Press, and he has published three chapbooks, two of which were co-written with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. His solo creations have appeared in Kenyon Review, Thrush, Guernica, The Cincinnati Review, Birdfeast, Salt Hill, Bat City, Adroit, Nashville Review, and Passages North among others.

Natalie Peeterse's
new book Dreadful: Luminosity, Letters was published by Educe Press this year.  A graduate of UM's MFA Creative Writing Program, Natalie's work has graced the pages of MagnoliaBlackbird, and Sonora Review among other journals. She also edits Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garica Lorca for Open Country Press. Her chapbook Black Birds: Blue Horse, An Elegy won the Gold Line Press Poetry Prize in 2011. Natalie has been a fellow with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and an artist in residence at the Caldera Institute. The Montana Arts Council awarded Natalie an Artist Innovation Award in 2013.

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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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Philip Shaefer

Philip Schaefer’s debut collection of poems Bad Summon (University of Utah Press, 2017) won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. He is the author of three chapbooks, two co-written with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. Schaefer won the 2016 Meridian Editor’s Prize in poetry and has... Read More →


Sunday October 1, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 West Front Street Missoula, MT 59802