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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 Press, 1988)—and on Montana cultural history—Ten Tough Trips: Montana Writers and the West (University of Washington Press, 1990), and a novel, Shorty Harris, which he says has earned obscurity. He spent a year upriver in Borneo with hunting-gathering tribes before the logging, and his environmental book, Borneo Log: the Struggle for Sarawak's Forests (University of Washington Press, 1995) won a Western States Book Award. He was on the Editorial Board of The Last Best Place, a Montana anthology of writing edited by William Kittredge and Annick Smith. Wallace Stegner said of his book on Montana writers, Ten Tough Trips, "This book . . . comes as close as any book I know to defining a culture, the culture of the West."