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September 2015 in Missoula, Montana: A Celebration of the Written Word
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Friday, September 11 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Revising the Western Narrative

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For decades, much of the Western narrative was written or depicted in movies by people who either never lived in the West, such as Owen Wister or John Ford, or by people who were more interested in sustaining certain myths about the West. This panel will discuss how these tendencies came about, why they have become such an important part of the American culture, and what writers today are doing to change this Western narrative.

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Russell Rowland

Russell Rowland is a fourth generation Montanan, born in Bozeman in 1957. He has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Boston University. His latest book is his first non-fiction effort, titled Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey. He has published three novels, In Open Spaces, The Watershed Years, and High and Inside. In Open Spaces made the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list, and was named among the Best of... Read More →

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Tami Haaland

Tami Haaland is the author of two books of poetry: Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize from Story Line Press, and When We Wake in the Night, a finalist for the May Swenson Award. She is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and a professor of English at Montana State University Billings. She has been teaching creative writing at Montana Women’s Prison since 2008 and she coordinates a... Read More →
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Adrian L. Jawort

Adrian Jawort is a freelance journalist and fiction writer from Lockwood, Montana. A Northern Cheyenne, he's lived on various Indian reservations and had founded Off the Path Press, LLC, which "aims to find true beauty in literature off the beaten path." Off the Path Press has produced two anthologies by indigenous writers, Off the Path, Volumes 1 and 2, and a novel by Adrian, Moonrise Falling. 
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Sterling Holy White Mountain

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation, where he lived the first part of his life according to the laws of the old-time basketball religion. He received a BA in English Creative Writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he was a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He currently directs the writing center at Blackfeet Community... Read More →
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Aaron Parrett

Dr. Aaron Parrett has published fiction in The Massachusetts Review, The Wisconsin Review, Open Spaces, The New Montana Story and other journals. His essays have appeared in Montana: The Magazine of Western History, The Complete Montana Gothic, The Old-Time Herald, and other places. He has recorded four CDs of original songs, and his music has appeared in several films, including the... Read More →
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Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson has published Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart, as well as two children's book on the natural world. Her literary fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Epoch, and Seventeen. Her nonfiction has been published in Newsday,Outside, Southwest Review, Sunset, and Via. She was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University and has... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Carnegie 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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