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Wednesday, September 9
 

8:00pm

First-Year Reading Experience Lecture: Author John Vaillant

The purpose of the First-Year Reading Experience is to provide new students with a common connection through a thought-provoking book. This year, the book is “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival” by John Vaillant, which details the hunt for a man-eating Amur tiger in the remote Primorye region of Russia’s eastern border in the 1990s.

The nonfiction work published in 2010 addresses conservation and natural resources; culture and place; and the human-environment relationship, among other themes.

Vaillant will be at UM to discuss his book and his lecture is free and open to the public

http://events.umt.edu/blog/event/lecture-the-tiger-author-john-vaillant/

Speakers
avatar for John Vaillant

John Vaillant

John Vaillant is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, NationalGeographic, and Outside, among others.  His first book,  The Golden Spruce (Norton, 2005), was a bestseller and won several awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction (Canada).  His second nonfiction book, The Tiger (Knopf, 2010), is also an award-winning... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Dennison Theatre PARTV, 32 Campus Dr #110, Missoula, MT 59812
 
Thursday, September 10
 

10:30am

Tiny Tales
For children birth to 3 years old

Join our regular Thursday preliteracy "storytime" filled with songs, fingerplays, lapsits, and a story.  Lots of energy, lots of fun!



Thursday September 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Draw Yourself a Story
Join Missoula illustrator Josh Quick as he describes and demonstrates his own creative process and leads children ages 8—12 in some fun, engaging drawing exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Quick

Josh Quick

Josh Quick is a Missoula Illustrator & Designer.  “It’s true, I have a habit and I can’t break it. I design, draw and tell stories through pictures. Ever since I can remember, I owned a sketchbook, sharpener and drawing pencils. When I was young, my parents built our house, pouring the foundation, erecting walls and installing windows around me. I sat at the table drawing faces, monsters, animals, and... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Literary Citizenship: Connecting in the Community
Literary Citizenship is about building strength in community. Regardless of genre, geography, finances, or publication experience, there are ample ways to engage with others, foster local and national communities, and support our cultural ecosystem. This discussion shares how to support and create opportunities for the benefit of others, including the development of reading series’ and online communities, working with non-profit organizations and literary journals, book reviewing, supporting indie booksellers, mentoring underserved writers, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Lori A. May

Lori A. May

Lori A. May writes across the genres in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She edits, teaches and travels as a frequent guest speaker--all the while drinking copious amounts of coffee. | Her latest book, The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & The Writing Life, is now available from Bloomsbury. Also new from 2014 is Square Feet, a full-length poetry book, available from Accents Publishing. Lori is also the author of The Low-Residency MFA Handbook... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

5:30pm

Poetry Reading: Marc Beaudin and Gary Whited
Join native Montana poets Marc Beaudin, author of Vagabond Song, and Gary Whithed, author of Having Listened, for a dynamic reading.

“Is there such a thing as free-range literature? I think there is and I think this is it. These lovely, spirited, freewheeling trip logs are charged with the poetry of motion.”

–Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air, about Marc Beaudin's Vagabond Song.

“In Having Listened, Gary Whited guides the reader to a time and place that evokes the very essence of his experience growing up on the prairie of Eastern Montana. Through his eloquence and imagery, Whited brings the reader to a deeper understanding of the spiritual beauty and sorrows of that life and thus a deep universal connection to it.”

— James T. Powers, author of Saving the Farm

Speakers
avatar for Marc Beaudin

Marc Beaudin

Marc Beaudin is the author of Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, The Moon Cracks Open: A Field Guide to the Birds and Other Poems and the play Frankenstein, Inc. His work has been seen in Avocet, Watershed, The MacGuffin, Temenos, Haiku Journal,Badlands Literary Journal, Fragile Arts Quarterly and numerous other journals. He is included in the Bangtail Press anthology of Montana writers, An Elk River Books Reader. In... Read More →
avatar for Gary Whited

Gary Whited

Gary Whited is a poet, philosopher and psychotherapist. He grew up on the plains of eastern Montana, and a strong sense of place pervades his poems, whether that place is the prairie, the city or the inner spaces we inhabit. | | His book titled, Having Listened, was selected as the winner of the 2013 Homebound Publications Poetry Contest. A second hardcover edition is being published this June, 2015. In 2014 it received a Benjamin... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

5:30pm

Words with Wings: Missoula Writing Collaborative Children's Poetry Reading
A fun and inspiring reading by the 2015 Missoula Writing Collaborative summer campers from the Words with Wings Camp.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Patterson

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 →


Thursday September 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

5:30pm

Sexy Drew and Babies Too: Hot FanFiction inspired by Nancy Drew and The Babysitters Club
Authors reading from their own erotic fanfiction, written especially for this lusty, humor-laced new event! You'll never think of Nancy and the Babysitter's crew quite the same...

WE STILL HAVE ROOM FOR MORE AUTHORS! Message montanabookfestival@gmail.com if you'd like to get in on the action. 

Moderators
avatar for Eve Kenneally

Eve Kenneally

Eve Kenneally is a second-year MFA student at the University of Montana - from Boston by way of DC - where she teaches freshman composition. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in CutBank ("All Accounts and Mixture"), Star 82 Review, baldhip, Bluestockings Magazine, and Sugared Water, among other journals. 
avatar for Hannah Withers

Hannah Withers

Hannah Withers is a fiction writer from Southern California. She's a second year at the Montana MFA program, and is co-curator of the MFA reading series, Second Wind. Her work can be found at The Kenyon Review Online, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Red Branch Journal, and NPR.org. She used to make rent by performing improv at Bar Mitzvahs.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian while dreaming of becoming a writer. Her work has appeared in One Teen Story, HelloGiggles, YARN, and Germ Magazine among others. Kris’ first novel, You and Me and Him, came out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July, 2015. When she’s not working Kris loves to hike, read, and binge watch TV shows. She lives and writes in Spokane, Washington.
avatar for Melissa Huggins

Melissa Huggins

Melissa Huggins is the director of Get Lit! Programs, which includes the Get Lit! Festival, Spokane Youth Book Festival, and creative writing programs for K-12 students. She has an MFA from Eastern Washington University and spends her spare moments writing fiction, essays, book reviews, and more. Her essay "Stranger Danger" was recently included in the Railtown Almanac anthology, and her interviews with Joyce Carol Oates, William T. Vollmann... Read More →
avatar for Megan Kruse

Megan Kruse

Megan Kruse is the 2015-16 Visiting Writer for Eastern Oregon University's low-residency MFA program. She is the author of the acclaimed novel Call Me Home, released by Hawthorne Books in 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She completed an extensive national tour for the novel and was featured in the American Book Review reading series at the University of Houston-Victoria. Her work has appeared widely in journals and... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell

Festival Director
Rachel Mindell is a poet and teacher from Tucson, Arizona. She received an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Montana. She works for Submittable and the Missoula Writing Collaborative when she isn't planning the book fest. Her chapbook, A Teardrop and a Bullet, was recently releasted by Dancing Girl Press. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Pool, BOAAT, Horse Less... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
VFW 245 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

7:00pm

Create Your Own Universe: Writing Workshop for Teens
Writer and teacher Melissa Clark will share her own experience and advice and facilitate exercises that will help teen writers create reality out of thin air.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark is an author, television writer and college instructor. She is the author of the novels, Bear Witness, Swimming Upstream, Slowly, and Imperfect. Her essay, Rachael Ray Saved My Life, is included in the anthology The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage. She is also the creator of the animated television series, Braceface, starring the voice of Alicia Silverstone which aired on the ABC Family Channel. She has written scripts for... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

7:00pm

Open Country Reading Series: Jeremy N. Smith, Jeremy Watterson and Skylar Browning
Join us at the Crystal on September 10 at 7pm to hear acclaimed author Jeremy N. Smith talk about public health, and our own local baseball experts Jeremy Watterson and Skylar Browning talk about the history of Montana baseball. There will be music, snacks and great people.

Speakers
avatar for Skylar Browning

Skylar Browning

Skylar Browning is the editor of the Missoula Independent, Montana’s only alternative news weekly. His award-winning feature writing has involved everything from spending time at the state’s only nudist colony to standing in the huddle with the local semi-pro football team. He’s been honored by the Montana Newspaper Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, and received an NEA... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy N. Smith

Jeremy N. Smith

Jeremy N. Smith is the author of the new book Epic Measures, the true story of the largest study of human health ever undertaken. His first book, Growing a Garden City, was one of Booklist’s top 10 books on the environment for 2011. He has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Discover, among many other publications. Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, he is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Montana. He... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Watterson

Jeremy Watterson

Jeremy Allan Watterson grew up on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation along the Hi-Line in Wolf Point. He has provided color for baseball games on KVCK radio, helped coach the Wolf Point Yellowjackets and as a young boy had a sports card shop with his best friend in his parents’ shed. He is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research, and earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Montana in Missoula, where he lives with his... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Crystal Theatre 515 S. Higgins Ave. Missoula, MT 59801

9:00pm

Pie & Whiskey
There will be pie! There will be whiskey! There will be readings about pie and whiskey!

The world famous Pie & Whiskey Reading features homemade pie, a glass of whiskey, and a baker's dozen of short readings about pie and/or whiskey. All of this is included in the $5 entry fee. 

Presented at the Union Club by Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers, and hosted by Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon. 

Speakers
avatar for Kim Barnes

Kim Barnes

Kim Barnes is the author of In the Kingdom of Men, named a best book of 2012 by San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, and The Oregonian, and long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, A Country Called Home, winner of the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction, was named a best book of 2008 by The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, and The Oregonian. She is a recipient of the... Read More →
avatar for Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt spent more than 30 years on wheat and cattle ranches in northeastern Montana, before leaving that life to attend the University of Montana.  Her book of poems, Not Quite Stonewon the Merriam-Frontier Award, and was published in 1991.  Her best-selling memoir, Breaking Clean, was published by A.A. Knopf in 2002 and met with wide critical acclaim.  Her essays explore the complexity of growing up a girl in... Read More →
avatar for Debra Magpie Earling

Debra Magpie Earling

Debra Magpie Earling is the Director of the University of Montana Creative Writing Program. 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 Sacajewea (Koch editions, 2010),  a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch, re-invents the life of... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Pictograph (2015) and The Nine Senses (2011), both from Milkweed Editions, as well as a collection of literary essays, Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision (Lynx House Press 2013). Reading Novalis in Montana was named one of the top ten books of 2009 by the Huffington Post. She is also the editor of Toward the Open... Read More →
avatar for Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in Best American Essays, Best New Poets, New England Review, Willow Springs, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, and Gastronomica, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. In 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey, an anthology co-edited with Sam... Read More →
avatar for J. Robert Lennon

J. Robert Lennon

J. Robert Lennon is the author of two story collections, Pieces For The Left Hand and See You in Paradise, and seven novels, including Mailman, Familiar,and Happyland. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy, Granta, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He has been anthologized in Best American Short... Read More →
avatar for Samuel Ligon

Samuel Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe inHeaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by StephenKnezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He edits the journal Willow Springs, teaches at EasternWashington University in Spokane, and is the artistic director of the Port TownsendWriters’ Conference.  | |
avatar for Ed Skoog

Ed Skoog

Ed Skoog is the author of Mister Skylight (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and Rough Day (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), which won the Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He is a graduate of the University of Montana, and has been a visiting professor there. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence at George Washington University. He lives in Portland... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague is the author of two books of poetry: The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea, 2015)--which centers on the story of Sarah Winchester, Victorian heiress to the rifle fortune, and the large, strange, supposedly haunted house she built in San Jose--and Mortal Geography (Persea, 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award for Poetry. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship, a National... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Toor

Rachel Toor

Rachel Toor is the author of four works of nonfiction and one novel. Her most recent book is Misunderstood: Why The Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever (FSG 2016). She is a professor in the graduate creative writing program at Eastern Washington University. Her work has been published in a wide variety of places, including The New York Times, The LA Times, Ploughshares, SB Nation, Glamour, Reader’s Digest, Runner’s World and... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. Liesl Schillinger called the novel "breathtaking and brash," and wrote: "Vestal sends his characters soaring across the gulf that separates the identity that confines them and the identity they would choose, letting them land roughly but firmly on the other side, broken but free." His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New... Read More →
avatar for Robert Wrigley

Robert Wrigley

Robert Wrigley has published ten books of poems, including most recently Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems (Penguin, 2013), and in the United Kingdom, The Church of Omnivorous Light: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2013). He teaches at the University of Idaho and lives in the woods, near Moscow, with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes.


Thursday September 10, 2015 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Union Club
 
Friday, September 11
 

9:30am

History Press Panel: Military Montana
A talk by Ken Robison, author of Confederates in Montana Territory: In the Shadow of Price's Army, and Tom Rust, Lost Fort Ellis: A Frontier History of Bozeman, on Montana's unique millitary history.

Moderators
avatar for Gayle Morrison

Gayle Morrison

Gayle Morrison has worked with the Hmong community in the U.S. for the past 38 years.  Her first book, Sky Is Falling, uses oral history to document the air evacuation of Hmong soldiers and their families from Laos in May 1975.  Her second book, Hog’s Exit: Jerry Daniels, the Hmong, and the CIA, uses oral history to explore the life and mysterious death of a CIA officer from Missoula, Montana, who worked... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ken Robison

Ken Robison

Historian, Overholser Historical Research Center
Ken is a historian, preservationist and a chronicler of neglected Montana history at the Overholser Historical Research Center in Fort Benton and the GreatFalls/Cascade County Historic Preservation Commission. Ken is an author of six books, and his new book, Yankees and Rebels on the Upper Missouri: Steamboats, Gold and Peace will be released September 2016. He is a co-author of Montana A Cultural Medley, Beyond... Read More →
avatar for Tom Rust

Tom Rust

Dr. Tom Rust is an Associate Professor of History and a native Montanan who graduated from the University of Minnesota, with a BA in History in 1992. He received his MA in History from the University in Denver in 1995 where his work in American military history, more specifically the 19th century west, has been published in the journal “Military History of West.” He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Leicester in 2006. He has... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

9:30am

MWC Poets in Residence: Mark Gibbons, Robert E. Lee, Sheryl Noethe and Marnie Prange
Four poets with decades of experience teaching for the Missoula Writing Collaborative will reflect on time spent in the classroom and share student work. 

This will be a great event for teachers and writers of all ages! 

Robert E. Lee will disucss outreach and Marnie Prange will talk about teaching younger children, including some of her own poetry lessons and the responses by her students. Mark Gibbons will discuss his experiences in the classroom by way of student poetry and Sheryl Noethe will read her own poems about kids and writing.

Moderators
avatar for Dana Fitz Gale

Dana Fitz Gale

Dana Fitz Gale won the Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction for her story collection, Spells for Victory and Courage (Brighthorse Books, 2016) which was also a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award and the Ohio State book prize. She has received numerous other awards for her fiction, which has recently appeared in The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Quarterly West, New Letters, Mid-American Review, Arts &... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Gibbons

Mark Gibbons

Mark Gibbons is a poet born and raised in Montana. He has published six books of poetry. Most recently, Mauvaises Herbes (Weeds) a bilingual edtion of his poems, was translated by his son and published by Propos/2 Editions in France.
avatar for Sheryl Noethe

Sheryl Noethe

Sheryl Noethe founded the Missoula Writing Collaborative in 1994. She is currently both Artistic Director and writer-in-residence. She is co-author of the teaching text Poetry Everywhere, now in its third printing. A recipient of a Montana Arts Council Fellowship, she also has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the CutBank Hugo Prize in Poetry, the Emerging Voices Award from New Rivers Press, a McKnight Prize for... Read More →
avatar for Marnie Prange

Marnie Prange

Marnie Prange has taught creative writing at the University of Montana, Florida International University, the University of Louisville, Northern Arizona University, the University of Alabama, where she was editor of The Black Warrior Review, and the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was managing editor of The Missouri Review. Her collection of poems, Dangerous Neighborhoods, won a Montana Arts Council First Book Award.



Friday September 11, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

9:30am

Poetry: Keetje Kuipers, Melissa Kwasny, Melissa Mylchreest and Mandy Smoker
Join four of Montana's most powerful female poets for a reading and conversation. Each will share from new or recent work.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Keetje Kuipers

Keetje Kuipers

Keetje Kuipers has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Emerging | Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College and a Bread Loaf Fellow. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in such publications as American Poetry Review, Orion, West Branch and Prairie Schooner. In 2007 Keetje completed her tenure as the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident, which provided her with | seven months of solitude in... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Pictograph (2015) and The Nine Senses (2011), both from Milkweed Editions, as well as a collection of literary essays, Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision (Lynx House Press 2013). Reading Novalis in Montana was named one of the top ten books of 2009 by the Huffington Post. She is also the editor of Toward the Open... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Mylchreest

Melissa Mylchreest

Melissa Mylchreest writes poetry and nonfiction in Missoula, Montana. She is the author of the chapbook Reckon, and the full-length poetry collection, Waking the Bones, which won the 2014 Dorothy Brunsman Prize from Bear Star Press. Her work has appeared in many venues, including High Country News, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture, Flyway, Crab Orchard Review, American Cowboy, Talking River... Read More →
avatar for Mandy Smoker

Mandy Smoker

M.L. Smoker belongs to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in north-eastern Montana. Her family home is on Tabexa Wakpa (Frog Creek). | She holds an MFA from the University of Montana in Missoula, where she was the recipient of the Richard Hugo Fellowship. She is also a graduate of Pepperdine University, and attended UCLA and the University of Colorado, where she was a Battrick Fellow. Her first collection of poems... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Missoula Art Museum - Carnegie 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

10:30am

Storytime
For children 3 to 6 years.

Join our regular Friday storytime for several stories, a song or two, and a simple art project.

Friday September 11, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

10:30am

Tiny Tales
For children birth to 3 years.

Join our regular Friday preliteracy "storytime" filled with songs, fingerplays, lapsits, and a story.  Lots of energy, lots of fun!

Friday September 11, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

10:30am

History Press Panel: Reading & Baseball, Big Sky Pastimes

Join Aaron Parrett, author of Literary Butte: A History in Novels & Film, with Skylar Browning and Jeremy Watterson, authors of Montana Baseball History, as they converse on two of Montana's favorite entertainments. A homerun for sure!


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer has lived in Missoula most of her adult life. Perhaps she was your waitress or grocery store clerk. Nowadays she and her camera can be found near the baseball park osprey nest or volunteering at music festivals and other community events. This will be her fourth year volunteering at Montana Book Festival.

Speakers
avatar for Skylar Browning

Skylar Browning

Skylar Browning is the editor of the Missoula Independent, Montana’s only alternative news weekly. His award-winning feature writing has involved everything from spending time at the state’s only nudist colony to standing in the huddle with the local semi-pro football team. He’s been honored by the Montana Newspaper Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, and received an NEA... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Parrett

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 →
avatar for Jeremy Watterson

Jeremy Watterson

Jeremy Allan Watterson grew up on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation along the Hi-Line in Wolf Point. He has provided color for baseball games on KVCK radio, helped coach the Wolf Point Yellowjackets and as a young boy had a sports card shop with his best friend in his parents’ shed. He is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research, and earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Montana in Missoula, where he lives with his... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

11:30am

History Press Panel: Montana Nature Narratives

Come enjoy a conversation with three Historic Press authors who deeply understand our natural landscapes: Russ Beck, John Clayton, and E. Donnall Thomas. From fly-fishing to peaks, streams, praries and the frontier, this conversation is sure to be of interest.


Moderators
avatar for Read Trammel

Read Trammel

Read Trammel is a fiction writer in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana. He was born in Colorado and attended college there, but he enjoys traveling and seeing new places. Read is a lifelong fly fisherman and is known to occasionally put down his writing implements for his fly rod. Read’s writing has appeared in Yale Anglers Journal, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Foothills Literary Journal.

Speakers
avatar for Russ Beck

Russ Beck

Russ Beck received the Frederick Mannford Award for creative writing from the Western Literature Association. He edits and contributes to both howsmallatrout.wordpress.com and Braidedbrook.com. He teaches writing at Utah State University. This is his first book.
avatar for John Clayton

John Clayton

Author
John Clayton’s books include The Cowboy Girl and Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier. A Red Lodge-based freelancer for more than 20 years, his new book Wonderlandscape: A Cultural History of Yellowstone National Park, will be published by Pegasus in summer 2017.
avatar for E. Donnall Thomas

E. Donnall Thomas

Don Thomas grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the oldest son of bone marrow transplant pioneer and Nobel Laureate E. Donnall Thomas and his wife, Dottie. Higher education in Berkeley, Seattle and Montreal eventually led to a medical degree and board certification in internal medicine. After beginning his medical career on the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana, he eventually moved to Alaska where he worked as a physician, pilot... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

11:30am

Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace
After President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the editors of this anthology called for women poets of all backgrounds and job descriptions to share their workplace experiences—not just pay and promotion inequity, or workplace harassment and intimidation, but women’s ever-widening range of occupations and representation in a globalized world. Raising Lilly Ledbetter is the 3rd volume in the Human Rights Series of Lost Horse Press—a nonprofit, independent poetry publisher, involved with community outreach and social change through cultural and educational programs. 

With poems from 120 North American and international poets, and a statement from Lilly Ledbetter herself, this book was a labor of over three years. Voices in this anthology bear witness to women’s workspaces, and re-envision the world of work for women. How do women tell their workplace stories in poetry, and act as agents of change in these difficult economic times?  

Join editor Carolyne Wright, publisher Christine Holbert, contributor Melissa Kwasny along with Thomas Aslin, Tom Mitchell, and Gary Thompson to occupy the reading space for this ground-breaking anthology that celebrates women in the workplace.
 
About this book, Carolyn Forché wrote, "This remarkable anthology, gathered in tribute to Lilly Ledbetter with a toast to Carolyn Kizer, gathers the lyric art of working women, writing from the depths of at least sixty-two occupations...This is anthology as page-turner, as fist in the air, as do-it-yourself manual against despair. Here, and in gratitude to Lilly Ledbetter, is the music of a movement, and it is one of the best of our time."

And Cynthia Hogue wrote that "When we open Raising Lilly Ledbetter, we enter a world that has been, like women’s work and working women historically, silenced or trivialized (or both).  The poems gathered in Raising Lilly Ledbetter counter all that.” 

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Aslin

Thomas Aslin

Born in Spokane, Thomas Aslin was educated at the University of Washington and the University of Montana where he studied with Madeline DeFrees, William Kittredge, and Richard Hugo and earned an MFA. In addition to this volume, Aslin has published a chapbook and a full-length collection, A Moon Over Wings, which was a finalist in 2009 for the Washington State Book Award. Since retiring from driving metropolitan buses, Aslin spends his time in... Read More →
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Christine Holbert

Publisher, LOST HORSE PRESS
Based in Sandpoint, Idaho, Lost Horse Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, independent press that publishes the works of established as well as emerging poets, and makes available fine contemporary literature through cultural, educational and publishing programs and activities. Christine Holbert, founder and publisher of Lost Horse Press, earned her publishing degree from Eastern Washington University in 1998. At that time, she realized that few... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Pictograph (2015) and The Nine Senses (2011), both from Milkweed Editions, as well as a collection of literary essays, Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision (Lynx House Press 2013). Reading Novalis in Montana was named one of the top ten books of 2009 by the Huffington Post. She is also the editor of Toward the Open... Read More →
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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in Best American Essays, Best New Poets, New England Review, Willow Springs, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, and Gastronomica, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. In 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey, an anthology co-edited with Sam... Read More →
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Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell studied writing at California State University, Sacramento where he received his MA in English, and worked with the poet, Dennis Schmitz. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, studying with Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and William Kittredge. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The New England Review, New Letters, Quarterly West, The New Orleans... Read More →
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Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson’s fifth book of poetry, One Thing After Another, a collection of six lyric sequences, was published by Turning Point in 2013, and recent poems have appeared in Arroyo Literary Review, December and Hubbub. He earned a MFA from the University of Montana, where he was a founding editor of CutBank, and taught in the creative writing program at CSU, Chico for nearly thirty years. In 2010, he edited Quinton Duval’s (a fellow... Read More →
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Carolyne Wright

Faculty in Poetry, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
Carolyne Wright’s new book is the ground-breaking anthology in Lost Horse Press’s Human Rights Series, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (2015). Her other nine books and chapbooks of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire (Eastern Washington UP / Lynx House Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and American Book Award; A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press); and Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (Turning... Read More →



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

11:30am

Humble Pie: The Opposite of Eating Your Words
Authors from Pie & Whiskey (and their friends) will read from early, embarassing work!

Join us for a literary walk of shame.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson is a poet, essayist, and psychotherapist based in Missoula, MT. Her work can be found in Cirque, Zymbol, the Portland Review, and Psychology Tomorrow, among others. She angles for fish and pie.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Barnes

Kim Barnes

Kim Barnes is the author of In the Kingdom of Men, named a best book of 2012 by San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, and The Oregonian, and long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, A Country Called Home, winner of the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction, was named a best book of 2008 by The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, and The Oregonian. She is a recipient of the... Read More →
avatar for Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt spent more than 30 years on wheat and cattle ranches in northeastern Montana, before leaving that life to attend the University of Montana.  Her book of poems, Not Quite Stonewon the Merriam-Frontier Award, and was published in 1991.  Her best-selling memoir, Breaking Clean, was published by A.A. Knopf in 2002 and met with wide critical acclaim.  Her essays explore the complexity of growing up a girl in... Read More →
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Camille Griep

Camille Griep is the author of the novels Letters to Zell and New Charity Blues. She is the managing editor of Easy Street and a senior editor at The Lascaux Review. Her shorter works have appeared at Cartridge Lit, Synaesthesia, and The First Line, among other online and print venues. A native Montanan, she lives and writes near Seattle where she shares a home with her partner, Adam, and their spoiled bulldogge, Dutch.
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Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague is the author of two books of poetry: The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea, 2015)--which centers on the story of Sarah Winchester, Victorian heiress to the rifle fortune, and the large, strange, supposedly haunted house she built in San Jose--and Mortal Geography (Persea, 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award for Poetry. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship, a National... Read More →
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Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. Liesl Schillinger called the novel "breathtaking and brash," and wrote: "Vestal sends his characters soaring across the gulf that separates the identity that confines them and the identity they would choose, letting them land roughly but firmly on the other side, broken but free." His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New... Read More →
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Josh Wagner

Josh Wagner was living in the middle of the desert with his dog Lucyfurr in 2008 when Ape Entertainment released his graphic novel, Fiction Clemens. Since then he’s traveled all over the planet, spinning stories out of what he finds. Along with comics Josh is the author of five books: Shapes the Sunlight Takes, Mystery Mark, Smashing Laptops, Deadwind Sea, and The Adventures of the Imagination of Periphery Stowe, as well as dozens of... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

11:30am

University of Montana Campus Literary Magazine Reading: Camas, CutBank and the Oval
This exciting event, sponsored by the Mansfield Library, will feature editors and authors from University of Montana's three outstanding literary publication: Camas, CutBank and The Oval.

The Oval: It is our mission to provide a fresh outlet for new and young artists to express themselves, their ideas and passions to the world through the medium of print. We are undergraduates committed to showcasing literary and artistic works from our peers.

Cutbank: We’re proud of CutBank‘s forty years as Montana’s foremost literary magazine, founded in 1973 by the Creative Writing program at the University of Montana and helmed initially by favorite literary son William Kittredge. We publish two print issues a year of compelling poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by established writers and new voices alike.

Camas: Camas aims to cultivate novel ideas and perspectives while remaining rooted in the inherited traditions of art and literature of the American West. Founded by Environmental Studies graduate students at the University of Montana in 1992, Camas is a biannual environmental literary magazine that continues to be produced by students in the Environmental Studies program. Our goals are to encourage a dialogue on environmental and cultural issues in the West; celebrate the people who work, study, write, and live here; and provide an opportunity for students and emerging writers to publish their work alongside established environmental authors.

Moderators
avatar for Chandra Brown

Chandra Brown

Chandra Brown is co-editor of Camas Magazine. She is a second-year Master's candidate in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, where she writes and reads mostly about cold places and cold rivers. Though she still spends a fraction of each year in her beloved home state of Alaska, Chandra now finds herself at home on rivers en route to the sea, most of them a little south of the 60th parallel. Chandra works as a raft guide in Grand... Read More →
avatar for Megan Hollingsworth

Megan Hollingsworth

Megan Hollingsworth is a mother and writer. She is founder and creative director at ex·tinc·tion wit·ness, a collaborative art project informed by her Quaker upbringing and activist roots in forest advocacy, as well as her existential response to genocide and mass species extinction explored academically during graduate study at the University of Montana (MS Environmental Studies 2007). At ex·tinc·tion... Read More →
avatar for Allison Linville

Allison Linville

Allison Linville is originally from a small farm town in southern Idaho.  She earned bachelors degrees from Boise State University in English Writing and Spanish.  In 2015, she received her MFA from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.  She currently works as a Writer/Editor for the University of Montana Mansfield Library and for the US Forest Service as an Aircraft Dispatcher for wildland fires.
avatar for Ben Nickol

Ben Nickol

Ben Nickol's stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Redivider, Boulevard, Fugue, CutBank and elsewhere, and he's the author of two books: Where the Wind Can Find It (Queen's Ferry Press, 2015) and Adherence (Outpost19, 2016).  His work has been honored by the Arkansas Arts Council and Best American Sports Writing, among other organizations. He currently teaches at Helena College of the University... Read More →
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Eli Redeker

Eli Redeker is an English Major at the University of Montana. When he isn’t writing poetry he is probably performing music, building decks, or wandering aimlessly through the Bob Marshall Wilderness. His work has been featured in The Oval and Montana Public Radio’s “The Write Question Blog”. 
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Abraham Smith

Abraham Smith hails from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Ashagalomancy, his fourth poetry collection, is new news from Action Books. With Shelly Taylor, he co-edited Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press, 2015). Smith has been the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He winters as Instructor of English at the University of Alabama; summers as farmhand at... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is co-editor of Camas Magazine and a second-year graduate student in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. In addition to being a student and a writer, she is also a field biologist. This means she spends a great deal of time in remote areas studying birds and contemplating why she couldn’t have developed a passion for plants or rocks, which don’t require one to wake before dawn every morning and don’t... Read More →
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Robert Stubblefield

Robert Stubblefield is the faculty advisor for The Oval, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Montana, where he also teaches fiction and composition. His stories and essays have appeared in Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Fiction of the American West, High Desert Journal, basalt, Open Spaces, Clackamas and Hayden’s Ferry Literary Review, among others.
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Shelly Taylor

Shelly Taylor is the author of two full-length collections: Lions, Remonstrance (Coconut Books Braddock Prize: 2014) and Black-Eyed Heifer (Tarpaulin Sky: 2010), as well as three chapbooks: Peaches the yes-girl (Portable Press at YoYo Labs: 2008), Land Wide to Get a Hold Lost In (Dancing Girl: 2009), Dirt City Lions (Horse Less: 2012). Hick Poetics, an anthology of contemporary American rural poetry co-edited with Abraham Smith, is newly... Read More →
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Lena Viall

Lena Viall is a Missoula-based freelance writer.  A graduate of the University of Montana’s Creative Writing department, she has been published in Oval, Bugle, Montana Naturalist, the Montana Journalism Review and on Montana Public Radio.  Lena’s upbringing, on the Viall family farm north of Miles City,  instilled in her a deep love for Montana’s rural way of life and the distinctive people that call this place... Read More →
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Billy Wallce

Billy Wallace is the Editor-in-Chief of CutBank Literary Magazine and an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Montana. He grew up in Ohio and Virginia, but spent the last ten years mostly on the road, singing songs and making friends. And sometimes enemies. He writes stories about the folks he’s met and the adventures he’s had. 

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

12:00pm

A Closer Look at Montana: Russell Rowland and Robert Swartout
Join Russell Rowland, author of Fifty-Six Counties: An American Journey, and Robert Swartout, author of Montana: A Cultural Medley, as they share from their work and converse on writing accross Montana's geography and history. 

Moderators
avatar for Karla Theilen

Karla Theilen

Karla Theilen is currently in the home stretch of writing a raconteuse’s tale of six summers on a wilderness fire lookout following a slapdash recipe of one part nature writing, one part reflection, a measure of humor and a pinch of madness. The memoir is finished with a light, lyrical glaze, served on a bed of humility and best enjoyed with a tall glass of booze. Her writing has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Russell Rowland

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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Robert Swartout

Robert R. Swartout, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of History, Carroll College, Helena, Montana, where he taught both United States and East Asian history from 1978 to 2014. Professor Swartout was born in Portland, Oregon. He received both his bachelor's and his master's degrees from Portland State University and his doctorate from Washington State University. Dr. Swartout served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Korea from 1970 through 1972, and... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Classroom 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Repast with D.A. Powell
Join us for the perfect Repast. Tea, lunch and cocktails provided.

Doors at 12:45. Limited Capacity.

$10 ticketed entry includes one cocktail, tea and light lunch. 

Speakers
avatar for D.A. Powell

D.A. Powell

D. A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America and an Arts & Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Book Clubs: Print and Digital
Exploring ways to utilize new internet technologies such as web cameras, Google Hangout, and instant chatting, SuzAnne Miller and Judy Blunt have developed an effective and fun way to gather book lovers from across the globe for real time conversations and opportunities to connect directly with book authors. Learn about their unique Dunrovin Book Club and its potential to showcase local authors and enable them to communicate directly with their readers.  

Barbara Theroux will also present a booktalk about books for Book Club selections, with several of the authors present. A list of suggested titles will be available as a handout.  

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Theroux

Barbara Theroux

Barbara Theroux is the Founder and Manager of Fact & Fiction, an independent bookstore in Missoula, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year. She grew up and attend college in Pennsylvania, then worked in school and public libraries in Oregon and Idaho, before becoming a bookseller at WSU in Pullman, WA. She has served as a past director of The American Booksellers Association; taught at a variety of bookseller schools... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt spent more than 30 years on wheat and cattle ranches in northeastern Montana, before leaving that life to attend the University of Montana.  Her book of poems, Not Quite Stonewon the Merriam-Frontier Award, and was published in 1991.  Her best-selling memoir, Breaking Clean, was published by A.A. Knopf in 2002 and met with wide critical acclaim.  Her essays explore the complexity of growing up a girl in... Read More →
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SuzAnne Miller

SuzAnne Miller is the owner of Dunrovin Ranch. A fourth-generation Montanan and career biometrician with 35 years of working for state, federal and international natural resource management agencies, SuzAnne grew up roaming the mountains and fishing the streams of western Montana. Her love of nature, animals, science, education and the arts prompted her to create the world’s first cyber... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Writers of Place: A Fiction Reading
S.M. Hulse, author of Black River and Shann Ray, author of the forthcoming American Copper, write Montana novels with grace and grit. Join us for a reading by two of our region's premier talents. 

We are sad to note that Craig Lancaster will no longer be able to join us for this event. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for S. M. Hulse

S. M. Hulse

S. M. Hulse received her B.A. from the University of Montana, her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon and was a fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her debut novel, Black River, has been long-listed for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce title, an Amazon Best Book of the Month and an Indie Next List Pick. Her stories have appeared in Willow Springs... Read More →
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Shann Ray

Shann Ray grew up in Montana, spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeast Montana and has served as a visiting scholar in Europe, Asia, and South America. His books include the poetry collection Balefire, the novel American Copper, and the story collection American Masculine.  He is also the author of a work of political theory called Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity. His poetry... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Frost Gallery 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:30pm

Queer Women Writing the West
Queer identified emerging authors read their works in progress on queer contemporary lives - both fictional and nonfictional - in the West. Authors will describe their depictions of queer lives and their relevance and importance within the canon of western literature.

Moderators
avatar for Corrie Williamson

Corrie Williamson

Co-Founder, Helena Area Literary Arts
Corrie Williamson is the author of Sweet Husk, winner of the 2014 Perugia Press Prize and a finalist for the Library of Virginia Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, AGNI, Shenandoah, Willow Springs, and many other journals. Her current project has something to do with Lewis and Clark, the appropriate use of technology, and large mammals. She teaches writing at Carroll College and does non-profit work... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bridget Carson

Bridget Carson

Bridget is a poet based in Missoula. Her most famous invention is Zizou, a feminist lesbian post-punk band that exists only in a poetry manuscript by the same name. Her "tracks" have appeared in Kestrel, Pallaksch. Pallaksch., The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.  She teaches writing at Missoula College and runs Blue Door #10, a school for sci-fi, fantasy, cyberpunk writers, poets, hybrids, and other deviants with... Read More →
avatar for Megan Kruse

Megan Kruse

Megan Kruse is the 2015-16 Visiting Writer for Eastern Oregon University's low-residency MFA program. She is the author of the acclaimed novel Call Me Home, released by Hawthorne Books in 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She completed an extensive national tour for the novel and was featured in the American Book Review reading series at the University of Houston-Victoria. Her work has appeared widely in journals and... Read More →
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Molly Priddy

Molly Priddy is a writer and editor living in the Flathead Valley. She works as a full-time staff writer for the Flathead Beacon, a weekly publication and daily news source in Kalispell, and writes freelance pieces for popular websites such as The Toast and The Intentional as well. When not working, Molly can usually be found wandering Glacier National Park, playing with her dogs, or reading on her back porch.
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Aileen Keown Vaux

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. Currently, she lives in Spokane, WA where she writes and teaches English Composition and Literature at Spokane Falls Community College.


Friday September 11, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

1:30pm

Raising the Pulse: Writing Violence and Creating Suspense
Bruce Holsinger, author of The Invention of Fire, Michael Hodges, author of The Puller, and also Gavin Kovite and Christopher Robinson, co-authors of War of the Encyclopaedists, write novels that refuse to shy away. Join these authors for a reading and conversation on the craft of thrill, the challenges of blood.

Moderators
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Alicia Bones

Here's a short bio: Alicia Bones is a second-year fiction student at the University of Montana. Previously, she earned her master’s degree in literature from the University of Iowa. Her work has been published in Spry, Hello Horror, Plain Song Review and elsewhere.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hodges

Michael Hodges

Michael Hodges resides in the Northern Rockies, where the pine forests still keep secrets. His debut novel “The Puller” launched in 2015, and was optioned by Hollywood. Over twenty of his short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. He’s a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and is represented by Laura Wood of FinePrint Literary, NYC.
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Bruce Holsinger

Bruce Holsinger is a prolific and award-winning scholar of the medieval period who teaches at the University of Virginia. His books on medieval culture have won numerous prizes from the Modern Language Association, the Medieval Academy of America, and other scholarly organizations. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies.
avatar for Gavin Kovite

Gavin Kovite

Gavin Kovite was an infantry platoon leader in Baghdad from 2004-2005. He attended NYU Law and is now an Army lawyer. His writing has appeared in literary magazines and in Fire and Forget, an anthology of war fiction.
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Christopher Robinson

Christopher Robinson is the co-author, with Gavin Kovite, of War of the Encyclopaedists (Scribner, May 2015). His work has appeared widely in such publications as the Salon.com, New England Review, Kenyon Review, and McSweeney's online. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, Bread Loaf, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Djerassi Resident Artist program, the Lanesboro Arts Center, the Kimmel... Read More →



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

1:30pm

Revising the Western Narrative
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.

Moderators
avatar for Russell Rowland

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Tami Haaland

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 →
avatar for Adrian L. Jawort

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 →
avatar for Aaron Parrett

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 →
avatar for Caroline Patterson

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

2:00pm

Montana's Ponderosa Forests: People, Place, and Politics
Stephen F. Arno and Carl Fielder, co-authors of Ponderosa: People, Fire and the West's Most Iconic Tree, along with Greg Gordon, author of When Money Grew on Trees: A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron, will share from their work, while conversing on how trees have impacted Montana history (and vice-versa).

Moderators
avatar for Karla Theilen

Karla Theilen

Karla Theilen is currently in the home stretch of writing a raconteuse’s tale of six summers on a wilderness fire lookout following a slapdash recipe of one part nature writing, one part reflection, a measure of humor and a pinch of madness. The memoir is finished with a light, lyrical glaze, served on a bed of humility and best enjoyed with a tall glass of booze. Her writing has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen F. Arno

Stephen F. Arno

Stephen F. Arno obtained a PhD in forestry and plant science from the University of Montana in 1970. He was a research forester with the USDA Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, before retiring in 1999. He has practiced restoration forestry on his family’s ponderosa pine forest for more than forty years and has written several books related to trees and forests. A committed denizen of the forest, he enjoys the long process of... Read More →
avatar for Carl Fiedler

Carl Fiedler

Carl E. Fiedler retired from the University of Montana in 2007 after 25 years as professor of forest management and stints with the US Army and the USFS Intermountain Research Station. His primary pastime since the 1970s has been traveling the backroads of the West, visiting and studying forests of every kind, but especially ponderosa pine. During summers, he also conducted workshops on ponderosa pine management and restoration forestry for... Read More →
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Greg Gordon

Greg Gordon was born and raised in Denver, Colorado.  He moved to Missoula, Montana in 1989 to attend graduate school.  After receiving his MS in Environmental Studies from UM, he continued to live in Montana while teaching field studies programs. He received his PhD in History from the University of Montana in 2010, with his dissertation on A. B. Hammond.  His book, When Money Grew on Trees: A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Frost Gallery 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Jack Nisbet: People and Landscape of the Northwest
Jack Nisbet is a teacher, naturalist, and writer from Spokane whose latest book, Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest, is a compelling collection of stories about the natural and human history of our region. Join him for an intimate and engaging presentation on this topic.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Theroux

Barbara Theroux

Barbara Theroux is the Founder and Manager of Fact & Fiction, an independent bookstore in Missoula, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year. She grew up and attend college in Pennsylvania, then worked in school and public libraries in Oregon and Idaho, before becoming a bookseller at WSU in Pullman, WA. She has served as a past director of The American Booksellers Association; taught at a variety of bookseller schools... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jack Nisbet

Jack Nisbet

Spokane-based teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Intermountain West, including Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson across Western North America, which was awarded the Murray Morgan History Prize, and The Collector, a biography of David Douglas that was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the PNW Booksellers Association. | The stories in Nisbet’s newest... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:30pm

Lunch Box Podcast: J. Robert Lennon and Ed Skoog
Live podcast recording of Lunch Box (an episodic conversation about coarse dining, literature,
cultural amusements, and escaped zoo animals). 

Speakers
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J. Robert Lennon

J. Robert Lennon is the author of two story collections, Pieces For The Left Hand and See You in Paradise, and seven novels, including Mailman, Familiar,and Happyland. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy, Granta, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He has been anthologized in Best American Short... Read More →
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Ed Skoog

Ed Skoog is the author of Mister Skylight (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and Rough Day (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), which won the Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He is a graduate of the University of Montana, and has been a visiting professor there. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence at George Washington University. He lives in Portland... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
VFW 245 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Many Hats: Striking a Balance Between Creative Work and Creative Livelihood

Three poets and a novelist with astoundingly full schedules (they are editors, publishers, teachers, reading-series hosts, administrators) share their creative work and discuss the joys and perils of the modern writer's perpetual juggle.


Moderators
avatar for hamish rickett

hamish rickett

If 10,000 hours is the measure of expertise, then I can say I'm truly expert at putting people into a drug induced coma, other than that, I'm a journeyman, coming to the craft of writing a little late.  I'm a first year MFA candidate at University of Montana's creative writing program, an anesthesiologist on the lamb, father of three and a river steward without a river. My work has been published in the now defunct Prism Magazine and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Henrietta Goodman

Henrietta Goodman

Henrietta Goodman is the author of two books of poetry: Hungry Moon (Mountain West Poetry Series, 2013) and Take What You Want (Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books, 2007). Her poems have been published in Southern Humanities Review, 32 Poems, New England Review, Field, Gulf Coast, and other journals. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Montana Arts Council, and the Marjorie Davis Boyden... Read More →
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Samuel Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe inHeaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by StephenKnezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He edits the journal Willow Springs, teaches at EasternWashington University in Spokane, and is the artistic director of the Port TownsendWriters’ Conference.  | |
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Amy Ratto-Parks

University of Montana
Amy Ratto Parks (MFA, MA) is the author of the “Bread and Water Body” (2004). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming from The Mississippi Review, Mid-American Review, The South Dakota Review, and Barrow Street among others. She is a former editor of Writer’s Digest, Fiction Writer Magazine, and Cutbank literary journal. She is the Composition Coordinator at the University of Montana, where she mentors writers and teachers of... Read More →
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KMA Sullivan

Publisher, YesYes Books
KMA Sullivan is the author of Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gertrude, diode, and elsewhere. Essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, and Nailed. She has been awarded residencies in creative nonfiction and poetry at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

3:00pm

The Writer, the Mirror, the Map: Mystery Novelists Reflect on Identity, Murder, and Place
Three innovative mystery writers provide insight into the craft. Leslie Budewitz, author of Butter Off Dead, Christine Carbo, author of The Wild Inside, and Sarah Layden, author of Trip Through Your Wires, are sure to thrill you.

Moderators
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Alicia Bones

Here's a short bio: Alicia Bones is a second-year fiction student at the University of Montana. Previously, she earned her master’s degree in literature from the University of Iowa. Her work has been published in Spry, Hello Horror, Plain Song Review and elsewhere.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Budewitz

Leslie Budewitz

Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, the mysterious, and the Northwest in two light-hearted series: the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle's Pike Place Market, and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in NW Montana. Death Al Dente won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her most recent book is Guilty as Cinnamon (December 2015), followed soon by Killing Thyme (October 4, 2016). Also a lawyer, her guide for writers... Read More →
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Christine Carbo

Christine Carbo grew up in Florida, until she moved to Montana, when she was twelve. After earning a pilot's license, pursuing various adventures in Norway, and a brief stint as a flight attendant, she got an MA in English and taught writing, linguistics, and literature courses at a community college. She still teaches, in a vastly different realm as the owner of a Pilates studio in Montana. Her first suspense novel, The Wild... Read More →
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Sarah Layden

Sarah Layden is the winner of the Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize for fiction and an AWP Intro Award. TRIP THROUGH YOUR WIRES is her first novel. Her short fiction can be found in Boston Review, Stone Canoe, Blackbird, Artful Dodge, The Evansville Review, Booth, PANK, the anthology Sudden Flash Youth and elsewhere. A two-time Society of Professional Journalists award winner, her recent essays, interviews and articles have appeared in Ladies... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Frost Gallery 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Writing Our National Parks
Jean Arthur, author of Top Trails: Glacier National Park, Jane Demaray, author of Yellowstone Summers: Touring with the Wylie Camping Company in America's First National Park, and Sandra Johnson, author of The Ground Squirrels Take Glacier, Maybe…, know the grandeur of Montana's national parks. Join us for a discussion on different approaches to writing about these sites of beauty, history and adventure.

This event is sponsored by Far Country Press. 

Formed in 1980 and based in Helena, Montana, Farcountry Press is an award-winning publisher that specializes in color photography books showcasing the nation's cities, states, national parks, and wildlife. Farcountry also publishes a handful children’s series, along with guidebooks, cookbooks, and regional history titles nationwide. On top of all this, Farcountry has a custom publishing division, called Sweetgrass Books, that helps individuals publish their own titles.

Farcountry will be exhibiting work on Saturday at the festival bookfair, at the Holiday Inn.  

 

Moderators
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Kim Covill

Kimberly Covill is pursing an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Literature at the University of Montana in Missoula. When not engrossed in her studies she likes baking pies, playing with dogs, and running rivers.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Arthur

Jean Arthur

Jean Arthur's fourth book, Top Trails: Glacier National Park reveals Glacier's treks and trails and culturally significantly places among the 1 million wild acres. Jean teaches writing at Montana State University in Bozeman where she lives with her husband, Lynn Sellegren and their two black Labradors who are not especially good at guarding the refrigerator from invading twenty-something Sellegren kids. Jean writes and photographs... Read More →
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Jane Demaray

Jane Galloway Demaray was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has fond memories of traveling to Bozeman, Montana, to visit her grandparents—often with side trips to Yellowstone National Park—jaunts that led to future interests. She received a B.A. in history from the University of Puget Sound. A former K-12 special education teacher, she also completed extensive career-related course work at the University of Montana and... Read More →
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Sandra Johnson

Sandra Johnson was born in Sheridan, Wyoming but her family immediately moved to Seattle where her dad repaired ships during World War II. In 1946 her family moved to Missoula, Montana where she attended grade school. Her family bought a small farm in the Bitterroot Valley her freshman year in high school and she graduated from Florence Carlton High School. After attending the University of Montana and Colorado College for a while she married and... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Stoneydale Press Reading
Join three Stoneydale authors and publisher Dale Burke for a reading and conversation. Bill Sansom (author of Not Looking to Die), Tom Donovan (author of Montana's Greatest Rivalry) and Tag Rittel (author of Blacktail Cave) will read, as Burke shares selections from Michael Hoyt's Ranger

Friday September 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Classroom 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Hick Poetics: Songs from the Woodline
You DO NOT want to miss this special reading from Hick Poetics!

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HICK POETICS

Edited by Shelly Taylor and Abraham Smith

HICK PO is an anthology of contemporary rural American poetry edited by Shelly Taylor and Abraham Smith.  This project was officially released in early 2015.

This anthology offers up forty poets, from the globally famed to the emerging, each of whom have been or are now fast-tied to the countryside.  Let us sing to you of this age-old tradition so well we know the woodline.

This book will feature not only poems but also aesthetic statements speaking towards our writers’ relationships with the liminal, the rural, the great American wilds.

 

Speakers
avatar for Greg Brownderville

Greg Brownderville

Greg Alan Brownderville is the author of three books: A Horse with Holes in It (forthcoming from LSU Press), Gust (TriQuarterly, 2011), and Deep Down in the Delta (Butler Center Books, 2012). His literary honors include awards from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Missouri Review, the University of Nebraska, the Porter Fund, and New Millennium Writings. Brownderville is an associate professor of English at SMU.
avatar for Allison Hedge Coke

Allison Hedge Coke

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke's books include authored (poetry) Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, Streaming, and Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer (memoir) and edited anthologies Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies and Effigies II. Her latest published fiction is "Way the Crow Flies," in the Summer 2015 edition of This Land Press. She currently teaches for Vermont... Read More →
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Michael Earl Craig

Michael Earl Craig is the author of Talkativeness (Wave Books, 2014), Thin Kimono (Wave Books, 2010), Yes, Master (Fence Books, 2006), Can You Relax in My House, (Fence Books, 2002), and the chapbook Jombang Jet (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). He lives in the Shields Valley, near Livingston, Montana, and is the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Montana.
avatar for Adrian Kien

Adrian Kien

Adrian Kien grew up in Elko, NV and Missoula, MT. He received his MFA from Boise State University. He is the author of The Caress is a Letter of Instruction and several chapbooks and collaborations with his wife, the painter, Kelly Packer. Most recently his poems have appeared in Hick Poetics, An Anthology of Contemporary American Rural Poetry. He has taught in the Writers in the Schools Program and at Boise State University. He currently... Read More →
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D.A. Powell

D. A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America and an Arts & Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National... Read More →
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Abraham Smith

Abraham Smith hails from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Ashagalomancy, his fourth poetry collection, is new news from Action Books. With Shelly Taylor, he co-edited Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press, 2015). Smith has been the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He winters as Instructor of English at the University of Alabama; summers as farmhand at... Read More →
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Shelly Taylor

Shelly Taylor is the author of two full-length collections: Lions, Remonstrance (Coconut Books Braddock Prize: 2014) and Black-Eyed Heifer (Tarpaulin Sky: 2010), as well as three chapbooks: Peaches the yes-girl (Portable Press at YoYo Labs: 2008), Land Wide to Get a Hold Lost In (Dancing Girl: 2009), Dirt City Lions (Horse Less: 2012). Hick Poetics, an anthology of contemporary American rural poetry co-edited with Abraham Smith, is newly... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Missoula Art Museum - Carnegie 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:30pm

Creating Stories with Sneed
Local writer Sneed Collard will share his wisdom and help children ages 8—12 stretch their imaginations and create their own stories.

Speakers
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Sneed Collard

Montana author Sneed B. Collard III graduated with honors in marine biology from U.C. Berkeley and earned a masters degree in scientific instrumentation from U.C. Santa Barbara. Since beginning his writing career, he has written more than seventy award-winning nonfiction and fiction books for young people including Animal Dads, The Prairie Builders, Teeth and Shep—Our Most Loyal Dog. His newest nonfiction book, Fire... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:30pm

Literary Trivia
How big of a book nerd are you? Test your knowledge for fun and prizes!

Volunteers
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Brick

Brooke Glass-O'Shea and Nick Bosworth are the shit. Quite literally, anything, if it may be considered shit, is them. Music, combat, drugs, surprise--all shit and all Glass-O'Shea/Bosworth. Brooke does all kinds of shit in her second year in the University of Montana's MFA program for non-fiction. Nick once did some shit in the program, having graduated two years ago with an MFA in poetry. Shit never gets the two of them down. Shit is afraid of... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
VFW 245 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

A Tribute to Ivan Doig

Please join us to celebrate the life and writing of Ivan Doig.  All Festival attendees are invited to share a favorite passage or memory of Ivan during this open forum.  Some of The Missoula Gang, that Ivan dedicated The Winter Brothers to, will be present. 

There will be an autograph book at Fact & Fiction during The Festival for attendees to sign, which will be given to Carol Doig, at a later date. This is based on an autograph book that Donal, the main character in The Last Bus to Wisdom, carried with him on his journey.



Moderators
avatar for Barbara Theroux

Barbara Theroux

Barbara Theroux is the Founder and Manager of Fact & Fiction, an independent bookstore in Missoula, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year. She grew up and attend college in Pennsylvania, then worked in school and public libraries in Oregon and Idaho, before becoming a bookseller at WSU in Pullman, WA. She has served as a past director of The American Booksellers Association; taught at a variety of bookseller schools... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Many Ways to Tell a Story: Two Established Writers Working Across the Genres
Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books, most recently Song of the Shank, and is a novelist, short-story writer and poet. Jacob Appel is an essayist, fiction writer and playwright who has also written five books, including his latest story collection, Einstein's Beach House. Join us for this dynamic reading by two literary powerhouses.

Moderators
avatar for hamish rickett

hamish rickett

If 10,000 hours is the measure of expertise, then I can say I'm truly expert at putting people into a drug induced coma, other than that, I'm a journeyman, coming to the craft of writing a little late.  I'm a first year MFA candidate at University of Montana's creative writing program, an anesthesiologist on the lamb, father of three and a river steward without a river. My work has been published in the now defunct Prism Magazine and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Renard Allen

Jeff Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. Allen is the author of five books, most recently the novel Song of the Shank (Graywolf Press, 2104), which is loosely based on the life of Blind Tom, a nineteenth century African American piano virtuoso and composer who was the first African American to perform at The White House. The novel was featured as the front-page review of both The New York Times Book... Read More →
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Jacob Appel

Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novels, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, which won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award, and The Biology of Luck (2013). His story collection, Scouting for the Reaper (2014), won the Hudson Prize.  Other collections include The Magic Laundry (2015)  and Phoning Home: Essays (2014).  Jacob's short fiction has appeared in more than two hundred literary journals.  His prose... Read More →



Friday September 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

5:00pm

Tin Types: A Photo-Poetic Collaboration

Bitterroot photographer Barabra Michelman and former Missoula writer Charles Finn will give a combined talk and reading, “Tin Types: A Photo-Poetic Collaboration”. Chronicling the inspiration for and evolution of their collaborative project, the two long-time friends will discuss the improvisational nature of working together by using each other’s work to inspire their own. Barbara will also explain the revitalized technique, tintype, she used to give their work its unique look, and Charles will read from selected pieces. Q & A to follow.


Speakers
avatar for Charles Finn

Charles Finn

Charles Finn is the author of Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (OSU Press 2012) and editor of High Desert Journal a literary and fine arts magazine dedicated to the interior West. His essays and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, and consumer magazines.
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Barabra Michelman

Photographer Barbara Michelman began her career working in Hollywood in film lighting. One of the first women in the field she worked in all the major studios. Her work ranges from traditional photography, to the more experimental fine art digital  imaging and  alternative process printing. She has exhibited in the United States and Europe and is in corporate and private collections on both continents.



Friday September 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Radius Gallery 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

5:00pm

Let's Get Graphic
Missoula graphic artist Chuck Bordell will take aspiring teen writers and illustrators through his own winding story and shepherd them through some exercises to get a good taste of creating a graphic novel.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Bordell

Chuck Bordell

Chuck was born a poor transistor farmer in the rust belt of western Pennsylvania. His childhood was filled with polluted rivers that he fell in love with anyway, the sound of railroad cars crashing together, and dreams of lusty women of dubious reputation. Eventually, he tired of all things iron and decided to trade rust for heavy metals, moving to Missoula, MT in 1987. | Despite a decided lack of tree cover (comparatively speaking) he found... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

5:00pm

Author Reception: A Writers and Readers Party

The ultimate book party celebration, the premier fest fete, the textual tops - delicious food and drinks with your favorite literary guests. Free admission with official festival button or $15 dollars at the door (includes one drink ticket, a mouth-watering spread from the Good Food Store and the best of times). 


Friday September 11, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Carnegie 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

7:00pm

With a Whiz and a Pop!
Members of the Missoula band the Whiz Pops will talk about creating and performing musical stories and offer some experiences for children ages 8—12 to experiment with their own musical stories.

Friday September 11, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

7:00pm

Storyteller Celebration: Tell Us Something and Stephen Graham Jones
 7:00 - 8:00 
Tell Us Something
is a celebration of storytelling, of the Missoula community, and of each other.

Tell Us Something awakens imagination, empowers storytellers and connects the Missoula community through the transformative power of personal storytelling. It is a celebration of each other, our stories and how we move through the world together. All of the stories at Tell Us Something  are true.  Stories last for 10 minutes and are told from memory. Everyone is welcome to tell a story. There is a theme for each event.

Generally, storytellers are not announced ahead of time. Tonight's event is different in that we've invited storytellers who have been well received by the Tell Us Something crowds and have been enthusiastic about the program. Usually there are between 8-10 storytellers. Tonight we'll have four storytellers from the Missoula community. 

Subscribe to the podcast using your favorite podcast app. Learn more about Tell Us Something at tellussomething.org.  

Chris LaTray
Karen McNenny
Marc Moss
Susan Maruca
Josh Slotnick

8:00 - 9:00  
Notes from the Side of the Road: Writers on Writing When All You Can Do is Write. And Maybe When You Can’t 

Stephen Graham Jones is conversation with Theodore Van Alst and Sterling HolyWhiteMountain. 

Speakers
avatar for Ted Van Alst

Ted Van Alst

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. is Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Native American Studies at the University of Montana. His edited volume The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones was released in April 2015 by the University of New Mexico Press. He has been interviewed by The Washington Post, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Native America Calling, Smithsonian Magazine, and Al-Jazeera America Television and has... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Colorado. He is the author of twenty-one books, including The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong, Ledfeather, The Gospel of Z, and Bleed into Me: A Book of Stories. The honors his work has received include the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction. He... Read More →
avatar for Chris LaTray

Chris LaTray

Chris La Tray is a writer, photographer and traveler. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in the Missoula Independent, the Missoulian, Montana magazine, Knives Illustrated, Vintage Guitar magazine and World Explorer magazine. | | His short fiction has been published in various crime, noir and pulp collections and anthologies. | | He lives in Missoula, Montana.
avatar for Susan Maruca

Susan Maruca

Susan Maruca is a scientist, software developer, educator, ceramic artist, curious skeptic, and foodie.   She has lived in Montana for 7 years and is still awed by the scale and heart of this place. When not working for Simbio making interactive simulations for teaching biology, she is either hiking, enjoying dinner with friends, or building functional ceramic objects evocative of things occurring naturally in the world.
avatar for Karen McNenny

Karen McNenny

Karen McNenny has had a diverse career path, stretching from her days performing as an actress and dancer, to hocking souvenirs at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  In a surprising twist of fate she landed in corporate America and eventually founded Made You Think Consulting.  Karen currently works throughout the country as a professional speaker, group facilitator and business educator.  However, she ultimately sees herself as a... Read More →
avatar for Marc Moss

Marc Moss

Executive Director, Tell Us Something
Tell Us Something Executive director Marc Moss was professionally trained as an English educator, certified in 1995 to teach English 7-12 in the state of Ohio. He went on to teach in the world’s best classroom, Yellowstone National Park, as a seasonal ranger-naturalist from 1999-2001, telling the stories of the geothermals there, the ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the historical Fort Missoula.  He fell in love with... Read More →
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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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Josh Slotnick

Josh Slotnick is the director of the PEAS farm, a partnership between Garden City Harvest and the University of Montana's Environmental Studies program. Josh is a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program, and he lives on a farm with his family. His book HomeFarm came out in 2013, and this is his third time in this kind of event.



Friday September 11, 2015 7:00pm - 9:30pm
The Dennison Theatre PARTV, 32 Campus Dr #110, Missoula, MT 59812

7:30pm

A Conversation with Kate Bolick and Sarah Hepola
An intimate reading, conversation, and Q&A with Kate Bolick and Sarah Hepola.

This special featured event is presented by Shakespeare & Co., the Montana Book Festival, and MAM, with support from event sponsors Black Coffee Roasting Co., Le Petit Outre, and Silvertip Cardroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick is the author of the New York Timesbestseller SPINSTER: Making a Life of One's Own, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and host of "Touchstones at The Mount," an annual literary interview series at Edith Wharton's country estate in the Berkshires. Her writing appears in Cosmopolitan,Elle, Vogue, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among other... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola is the author of the bestselling memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times magazine, The Guardian, Elle, Glamour, The New Republic, Slate, and Salon, where she was an editor for many years. She lives in Dallas and plays the guitar poorly.


Friday September 11, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Carnegie 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00pm

Poetry Slam
Poetry Slam
16 poets
4 rounds
one winner
free admission
open slots
406-818-111
9p.m. The Palace


Friday September 11, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
The Palace 147 W Broadway Missoula 59802
 
Saturday, September 12
 

8:30am

Book'n It for the Library Race
Book'n It for the Library Race

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Book'n It for the Library fun run!  Join us Saturday, September 12th.  We have a limited supply of race day shirts available.  Sign up early to secure yours!

Click here to register

THE RACE

Race leaves from the library parking lot, 301 E. Main. Courses follow the Riverfront Trail along the beautiful Clark Fork River. Runners, walkers, and strollers welcome!

Saturday, September 12th

5k Start: 8:30am

Race day registration opens: 7:00am, closes: 8:15am

Cheap enough for the whole family:

There is a $20 registration fee for the 5k race. Book'n It for the Library shirts are available and included in the price of registration while supplies last. Register early to secure a shirt. 

Family and non-racers are invited to participate in a free un-timed fun run the morning of the race.

There is a $2 discount for each runner with a Missoula Public Library card!

Packet pickup begins at 7:00 a.m. on race day.

Proceeds go to support library programming through the Friends of the Missoula Public Library.

VOLUNTEERING

We need volunteers! Contact Stephen to volunteer. Call the library at (406)721-2665 with questions.

SPONSORS

Interested in sponsoring the 4th annual Book'n It for the Library Race? Contact Stephen for more information.

Thanks to our sponsors: Friends of Missoula Public Library, Run Wild Missoula, The Runner's Edge, and Zoo City Apparel.


Moderators
SH

Stephen Haddad

Stephen Haddad, a Reference Librarian at Missoula Public Library, moved to Montana because he wanted to live in the mountains.  After arriving in Missoula, sight unseen, he was exhilarated to find there were mountains to look at in every direction. Stephen admits to being a geek in that he thoroughly investigates whatever he is interested in, which at the moment includes hiking, board games (favorite Pandemic), reading, web development, and... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00am

Bookfair
Look for booksellers from Barnes & Noble, The Bookstore at UM, Fact & Fiction, and Shakespeare & Co throughout the Festival and especially at our Saturday bookfair!

Author signing tables and books by festival authors!

The following exhibitors will also be represented:

CutBank
The Oval
Camas
Booktrope Publishing
Willow Springs Journal and Press
Montana Romance Writers
Montana Historical Society
Farcountry
Josh Ashley Fine Art
Open Country Reading Series
Stoneydale
Green Ribbon Books
Elk River Books
Mountain Press
History Press
Humanities Montana
The Missoula Writing Collaborative
Lost Horse Press
Ahshata / Boise Review
Aerie
Dock Street Press
Riverbend
Get Lit!
New England Review
H_NGNM_N
YesYes Books
Conundrum Press
Montana Public Radio 


Saturday September 12, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:30am

History Press Panel: Historic Infrastructure
Join Jon Axline, author of Taming The Big Sky: The History of Montana Transportation From Trails to Interstate, Ellen Baumler, author of Haunted Helena: Montana's Queen City Ghosts, and Nikki Manning, author of Historic Underground Missoula, for a conversation on the oft-neglected (and fascinating!) history of our state's roads and buildings.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer has lived in Missoula most of her adult life. Perhaps she was your waitress or grocery store clerk. Nowadays she and her camera can be found near the baseball park osprey nest or volunteering at music festivals and other community events. This will be her fourth year volunteering at Montana Book Festival.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Axline

Jon Axline

Jon Axline has been the historian at the Montana Department of Transportation since 1990. When not sweating over the state’s historic roads and bridges, he conducts cultural resource surveys and writes the MDT’s roadside historical and geological interpretive markers. He is a regular contributor to Montana The Magazine of Western History and Montana Magazine. He is also author of Conveniences Sorely Needed: Montana’s Historic Highway... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Baumler

Ellen Baumler

Ellen Baumler has been the interpretive historian at the Montana Historical Society since 1992. She earned her PhD in English, classics and history from the University of Kansas. Ellen is a longtime member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau, a 2011 recipient of the Governor's Award for the Humanities and an award-winning author. She is a popular storyteller, best known for weaving the past with the present in a ghostly twist.
avatar for Nikki Manning

Nikki Manning

University of Montana
Nikki Manning earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology (with a minor in Anthropology) at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. After a time in the corporate world working in Human Resources and Marketing, she returned to graduate school in the Fall of 2011 at the University of Montana and completed a masters degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Cultural Heritage and Urban Archaeology. Her thesis research and subsequent History... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Holiday Inn - Madison 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:30am

Women Writing Montana: A Reading from Farcountry Press
Join Kristen Berube, author of Confessions of a Camo Queen: Living with an Outdoorsman, and Audrey Steinfeldt, author of Just Over the Ridge, for a compelling reading of first books.

Moderators
avatar for Jane Sparks

Jane Sparks

Jane J Sparks moved from Minneapolis to Missoula in July 2014. She says it felt like moving home as she was a regular visitor to Missoula since 1999.  Originally from Kentucky, Jane spent 38 years in the Minneapolis area where she owned an insurance agency that specialized in Equine insurance. She is an avid horsewoman having spent earlier years showing Dressage, Fox-Hunting, and breeding Thoroughbred horses.  She... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Berube

Kristen Berube

Kristen Berube lives a crazy, laugh-filled life with her outdoorsman husband Remi and their three camo-clad children in Missoula, Montana. A graduate of Montana State University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, she loves being a mom and enjoys hiking, fishing, and camping. Confessions of a Camo Queen is her first book.
avatar for Audrey Steinfeldt

Audrey Steinfeldt

Audrey Steinfeldt grew up in Fort Smith, Montana, and was very fortunate to live amongst ranchers, Indians, fly fishermen, hippies, trailer dwellers, government workers, hunters, boaters, campers, beet farmers, and a lot of people flying by the seat of their pants. She loves observing and analyzing, and hopes that, at 44, she is on the cusp of a long and illustrious career writing about all the thoughts and ideas crammed into her brain. Aud... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom A 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:30am

Divergent Paths to Self-Publishing

Self-publishing is an increasingly viable and respectable route for writers to find audiences for their work. From funding and editing to e-book creation and physical book printing, the options are exciting, scary, challenging, and numerous.  In this panel, three very different writers describe their paths to self-publishing.

Jess E. Owen is the author of the award winning YA fantasy series, The Summer King Chronicles. Janice K. Mineer self-published her first literary novel, Secret Heart of the Bitterroot, in March 2015, and is an award-winning poet.  Carol Buchanan may publish her fourth novel, The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock, in early September, although she says, “One of the best things about self-publishing is the freedom not to publish until the book is good enough.” She teaches self-publishing at Flathead Valley Community College. 


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Carol Buchanan

Carol Buchanan

Carol Buchanan’s four historical novels – God’s thunderbolt, The Devil in the Bottle, Gold Under Ice, and The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock (forthcoming Autumn 2015) – tell the story of the Stark-McDowell family whose decisions test them in ways they never imagined. When lawyer Daniel Stark joins the Vigilance Committee he commits acts he cannot forgive himself for. When Martha McDowell’s brutal husband deserts her... Read More →
avatar for Janice Mineer

Janice Mineer

Janice K. Mineer is a graduate of Brigham Young University. One of her poems placed second in a national poetry contest and she has published an illustrated children’s book. Janice loves playing and teaching harp, reading, gardening and spending time on the lakes and rivers of Montana. She and her husband, Randy Mineer, have grown children and eleven beautiful grandchildren. She and Randy live in the Bitterroot Valley in western... Read More →
avatar for Jess E. Owen

Jess E. Owen

Founder, Five Elements Press
Jess E. Owen has been creating works of fantasy art and fiction for over a decade, and founded her own publishing company, Five Elements Press, to publish her own works and someday, that of others. She's a proud member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Authors of the Flathead. She lives with her husband in the mountains of northwest Montana, which offer daily inspiration for creating worlds of wise, wild... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Holiday Inn - Glacier/Yellowstone 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:30am

People Before the Park: An Unprecedented Collaboration
Lead author, Sally Thompson, will discuss the unusual collaborative process of writing People Before The Park, followed by presentations by representatives of the Kootenai Culture Committee and Pikunni Traditional Association, with a focus on their seasonal rounds in and around the lands that would become Glacier National Park. The program will include images to illustrate cultural and natural history of the Park.

Moderators
avatar for Jane Demaray

Jane Demaray

Jane Galloway Demaray was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has fond memories of traveling to Bozeman, Montana, to visit her grandparents—often with side trips to Yellowstone National Park—jaunts that led to future interests. She received a B.A. in history from the University of Puget Sound. A former K-12 special education teacher, she also completed extensive career-related course work at the University of Montana and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sally Thompson

Sally Thompson

Sally Thompson holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has worked as an archaeologist, ethnographer, and ethnohistorian. She has spent over thirty years working with the tribes of the Rocky Mountain West and has conducted more than two hundred interviews with elders in addition to extensive research into the written record about these tribes. Her most recent work focused on repatriating human remains and sacred... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Missoula Art Museum - Frost Gallery 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:30am

The Poetics of Hustle: Submission, Solicitation and Partnership
Join three emerging writers (two poets and one poet/essayist) as they read from new work and talk about the joys (and pitfalls) of navigating the contemporary publishing market. 

Moderators
avatar for Alicia Mountain

Alicia Mountain

Alicia Mountain received her MFA at the University of Montana in Missoula. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Barrow Street, Witness, Spillway, LIT, The Southampton Review and elsewhere. She is the recent recipient of an Idyllwild Fellowship and received a 2014 Academy of American Poets Prize. She’s finishing her first collection of poetry.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Mylchreest

Melissa Mylchreest

Melissa Mylchreest writes poetry and nonfiction in Missoula, Montana. She is the author of the chapbook Reckon, and the full-length poetry collection, Waking the Bones, which won the 2014 Dorothy Brunsman Prize from Bear Star Press. Her work has appeared in many venues, including High Country News, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture, Flyway, Crab Orchard Review, American Cowboy, Talking River... Read More →
avatar for Philip Schaefer

Philip Schaefer

Montgomery Distillery
Philip Schaefer is the author of three chapbooks. [Hideous] Miraculous is forthcoming from BOAAT Press, while Radio Silence, forthcoming in 2016 from Black Lawrence Press, and Smokes Tones, which is available from Phantom Limb, were co-written with poet Jeff Whitney. Individual work is out or due out inVinyl, The Cincinnati Review, Prelude, Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, Sonora Review, H_NGM_N... Read More →
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Jeff Whitney

Jeff Whitney is the author of three chapbooks, the most recent of which, The Tree With Lights In It, is forthcoming from Thrush Press. Along with Philip Schaefer, he is the co-author of Smoke Tones, which is forthcoming from Phantom Limb Press. Recent poems can be found or found soon inBirdfeast, Blackbird, Columbia Poetry Review, Salt Hill Journal, and Sugar House Review. He lives in Portland, where... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Holiday Inn - Gallatin/Jefferson 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:30am

Freelance Writing: Markets, Marketing, Freedom, and Funding
Has freelance writing ever been a viable middle-class career? Should it be? What do editors expect from writers today? How are writers honing their skills to find work? These questions and more will be discussed in this panel comprised of both writers and editors currently working in the world of freelance writing.

Moderators
avatar for John Clayton

John Clayton

Author
John Clayton’s books include The Cowboy Girl and Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier. A Red Lodge-based freelancer for more than 20 years, his new book Wonderlandscape: A Cultural History of Yellowstone National Park, will be published by Pegasus in summer 2017.

Speakers
avatar for Skylar Browning

Skylar Browning

Skylar Browning is the editor of the Missoula Independent, Montana’s only alternative news weekly. His award-winning feature writing has involved everything from spending time at the state’s only nudist colony to standing in the huddle with the local semi-pro football team. He’s been honored by the Montana Newspaper Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, and received an NEA... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola is the author of the bestselling memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times magazine, The Guardian, Elle, Glamour, The New Republic, Slate, and Salon, where she was an editor for many years. She lives in Dallas and plays the guitar poorly.
avatar for Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through the Center for Community Change, and through the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her memoir, MAID: A Single Mother's Journey from Cleaning House to Finding Home, is forthcoming through Hachette Books.
avatar for Chris LaTray

Chris LaTray

Chris La Tray is a writer, photographer and traveler. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in the Missoula Independent, the Missoulian, Montana magazine, Knives Illustrated, Vintage Guitar magazine and World Explorer magazine. | | His short fiction has been published in various crime, noir and pulp collections and anthologies. | | He lives in Missoula, Montana.
avatar for Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson is the co-author, with Jacob Lief, of I Am Because You Are, published by Rodale last spring. One of her first jobs in journalism was at the Missoula Independent; she went on to work at Vanity Fair and then The New Yorker, where she edited writers including Jerome Groopman, Connie Bruck, and Patrick Radden Keefe, and wrote and edited the Tables for Two column. Her book reviews and other nonfiction writing have appeared in The New... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom C 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:30am

Phoenix Block Reading Series
The Phoenix Block Reading Series endeavors to promote literary writers living in Montana, and offer Butte residents an opportunity to hear those authors read and discuss their works. The 2015 cycle brought 14 writers to Butte.  For the Montana Book Festival, we will be hosting writers from Butte: Colin Cote, Fred Giacomino, Matthew Haynes and Caroline Patterson.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Cote

Colin Cote

Colin Cote lives and works in Butte, Montana. He is a graduate of St. John's University in Collegeville, MN. He writes poetry and short fiction.
avatar for Fred Giacomino

Fred Giacomino

Fred Giacomino leads an uneventful life as public servant in Butte, Montana where he was born and raised. He is a University of Montana graduate and his poems have appeared in EDGZ, Poesia, and Educe Literary Journal.
avatar for Matthew Haynes

Matthew Haynes

Educe Press
Matthew R. K. Haynes lives and writes in Butte, MT, where he also runs Educe Press.   His first novel, Moving Towards Home, was published 1999.  Subsequently, his work has appeared in several anthologies and journals including SOMA Literary Journal, O’iwi, Native Literatures, Fringe and Yellow Medicine Review. He was been a finalist for the Faulkner Award in Nonfiction and Writer’s Digest Award in Fiction and Glimmer Train Award... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Patterson

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 →



Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Holiday Inn - Montana Boardroom 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

10:30am

Three Knockout First Novels
Join Val Brelinski, author of The Girl Who Slept With God, Jan Ellison, author of A Small Indescretion, and Megan Kruse, author of Call Me Home, for a dynamic reading from three first novels and a conversation on the novel process.

Moderators
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Max Boyd

Max Boyd is a fiction writer from Nampa, Idaho. He graduated from Vassar College and, at age 21, was one of Best Buy's youngest managers. A former writing instructor and ghostwriter at San Francisco State University, he is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Montana.

Speakers
avatar for Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski is the author of the novel, THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD (Viking/Penguin 2015). She is a recent Wallace Sterner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University where she currently teaches fiction writing in the Continuing Studies Program. Her writing has been published in VQR, The Rumpus, Vogue, Salon, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She was raised in rural Idaho.
avatar for Jan Ellison

Jan Ellison

Jan Ellison is the USA Today bestselling author of the debut novel, A Small Indiscretion, which was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Jan won an O. Henry Prize for her first short story, and her essays about writing and parenting have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. A graduate of Stanford, Jan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their... Read More →
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Megan Kruse

Megan Kruse is the 2015-16 Visiting Writer for Eastern Oregon University's low-residency MFA program. She is the author of the acclaimed novel Call Me Home, released by Hawthorne Books in 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She completed an extensive national tour for the novel and was featured in the American Book Review reading series at the University of Houston-Victoria. Her work has appeared widely in journals and... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom A 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

10:30am

Reading with Bryce Andrews
Join author Bryce Andrews for a reading from Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West, his fascinating memoir of life as a ranch hand in southwestern Montana.

Moderators
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Becky Hoffman

A native of Missoula, MT, Becky Hoffman has moved up the literary totem pole by graduating from the UofM with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Film Studies. She likes to tell her friends she’s a part of the “Book Community”, but we all know that it is merely code for “she works at Barnes & Noble”. She has spent the last year as the Kids Lead where she brings joy and laughter to children of all ages, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bryce Andrews

Bryce Andrews

Bryce Andrews was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. At his earliest opportunity, he headed east across the Cascade Mountains in search of the American West. After earning an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Writing from Whitman College, he worked a series of jobs that eventually landed him on the Sun Ranch, a large spread in Montana’s Madison Valley. There, on the edge of a vast wilderness that included... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom D 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

10:30am

The Morning Stretch: Writing and Yoga Practice

A brief yoga sequence (for all ages) and a book discussion with Shawnee Thonrton Hardy, author of Asanas for Autism and Special Need. Hardy is an educator with over fifteen years experience helping special needs children through yoga practice.


Moderators
avatar for Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson is a poet, essayist, and psychotherapist based in Missoula, MT. Her work can be found in Cirque, Zymbol, the Portland Review, and Psychology Tomorrow, among others. She angles for fish and pie.

Speakers
avatar for Shawnee Thornton Hardy

Shawnee Thornton Hardy

Founder, Asanas for Autism and Special Needs
Shawnee Thornton Hardy has worked with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs for over 16 years. Following her experiences as an Educational/Behavior Specialist and her training in yoga, she has combined her two passions to teach yoga to children and adults with autism and special needs. She teaches small group and private yoga sessions tailored to meet the physical and emotional needs of her clients. She... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

10:30am

Around the World in 50 Minutes with Marty Essen

Around the World in 50 Minutes with Marty Essen is a high-energy show, featuring interesting facts, humorous stories, and the best of the thousands of photos Marty Essen took while traveling for his six-time award-winning book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.

One part lecture, one part theater, one part slide show, one part comedy—it’s the type of show where the audience has fun laughing at the stories, oohing and aahing at the photos, and then, when it’s all done, they realize just how much they’ve learned.

Marty divides his show into eight segments, covering his adventures and wildlife encounters on each of the seven continents, plus Central America. He talks about endangered species, new scientific discoveries, and the need to protect our environment. After the show, he opens up the floor for questions and engages the audience in a lively discussion.


Speakers
avatar for Marty Essen

Marty Essen

Marty Essen is the author of the six-time award-winning, Amazon #1 Best-Selling (in Wildlife) book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. He is also a frequently booked college speaker. His college program, Around the World in 90 Minutes, has become one of the most popular slide shows of all-time. | | His second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades and Puerto... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:00am

Storytime on the Range
Wyoming author/illustrator Scott Haynes will join Missoula Public Library storyreaders as we share his book Roadie the Ranch Dog and other stories about life on the range.  For children of all ages.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Haynes

Scott Haynes

Scott Haynes has been a contract artist for Leanin' Tree Greeting Cards, and has been commissioned by Western Horseman Magazine. He was raised on a farm and ranch on the Milk River, north of Saco, Montana.  Growing up on Montana's Hi-Line, gave Haynes plenty of "ammo" for his cartoons. "A lot of my humor comes from people I grew up around, and there was always a dog or two in the way," he explained.


Saturday September 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:30am

Animal Weapons: Doug Emlen and Illustrator David J. Tuss

“A great deal of the living world really is red in tooth and claw. That important principle has needed a real biologist to illustrate and explain it, now accomplished dramatically by Emlen's Animal WeaponsThe Evolution of Battle.

—Edward O. Wilson (Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist, Harvard University)

Join biologist Doug Emlen and illustrator David J. Tuss for a discussion on the production of Animal WeaponsThe Evolution of Battle.

About the book:

The story behind the stunning, extreme weapons we see in the animal world—teeth and horns and claws—and what they can tell us about the way humans develop and use arms and other weapons

In Animal Weapons, Doug Emlen takes us outside the lab and deep into the forests and jungles where he’s been studying animal weapons in nature for years, to explain the processes behind the most intriguing and curious examples of extreme animal weapons—fish with mouths larger than their bodies and bugs whose heads are so packed with muscle they don’t have room for eyes. As singular and strange as some of the weapons we encounter on these pages are, we learn that similar factors set their evolution in motion. Emlen uses these patterns to draw parallels to the way we humans develop and employ our own weapons, and have since battle began. He looks at everything from our armor and camouflage to the evolution of the rifle and the structures human populations have built across different regions and eras to protect their homes and communities. With stunning black and white drawings and gorgeous color illustrations of these concepts at work, Animal Weapons brings us the complete story of how weapons reach their most outsized, dramatic potential, and what the results we witness in the animal world can tell us about our own relationship with weapons of all kinds.

 


Moderators
avatar for Jeanie Riess

Jeanie Riess

For the past few years Jeanie Riess has been a writer and journalist in New Orleans. Most recently, she was a feature writer for The Gambit, but this fall she began graduate work at the University of Montana’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. Before moving home to New Orleans, Jeanie was a reporter in Greenwood, Mississippi, and before that she was a lousy intern in Washington, D.C., where she wrote for Smithsonian magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Doug Emlen

Doug Emlen

Professor of biology, The University of Montana
Douglas J. Emlen is a professor of biology at the University of Montana, which awarded him their Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014 and nominated him for the CASE National Professor of the Year award this year. Emlen’s research has earned him the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, multiple research awards from the National Science Foundation... Read More →
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David Tuss

David J. Tuss is a graphic artist who specializes in blending technical accuracy with vivid, lifelike compositions. His work is featured in scientific articles, textbooks, and science literature. In addition to Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle his work has been featured on the cover of the journal Cell, and Natural History Magazine.  He lives in Helena, Montana with his wife Kathryn where he works as an illustrator, science... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Holiday Inn - Madison 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:30am

The Essay: Memory, Creative Research and Compilation

Join four prolific prose writers - Jacob Appel, Kate Bolick, Bernard Cooper and Kisha Schlegel - as they share from creative work and converse on pleasures and challenges inherent in the research (and memory-mining) process necessary for successful essay writing.


Moderators
avatar for Kim Covill

Kim Covill

Kimberly Covill is pursing an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Literature at the University of Montana in Missoula. When not engrossed in her studies she likes baking pies, playing with dogs, and running rivers.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Appel

Jacob Appel

Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novels, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, which won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award, and The Biology of Luck (2013). His story collection, Scouting for the Reaper (2014), won the Hudson Prize.  Other collections include The Magic Laundry (2015)  and Phoning Home: Essays (2014).  Jacob's short fiction has appeared in more than two hundred literary journals.  His prose... Read More →
avatar for Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick is the author of the New York Timesbestseller SPINSTER: Making a Life of One's Own, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and host of "Touchstones at The Mount," an annual literary interview series at Edith Wharton's country estate in the Berkshires. Her writing appears in Cosmopolitan,Elle, Vogue, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among other... Read More →
avatar for Bernard Cooper

Bernard Cooper

Bernard Cooper is the author of memoir, My Avant-Garde Education, recently published by W.W. Norton. He is also the author of The Bill From My Father,Maps To Anywhere, A  Year of Rhymes, Truth Serum, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again.  Cooper is the recipient of the PEN/USA Ernest Hemingway Award, the O. Henry  Prize, a Guggenheim grant, and a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship... Read More →
avatar for Kisha Schlegel

Kisha Schlegel

Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel has published essays in Conjunctions, Iowa Review, Drunken Boat, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. A recipient of the Richard J. Margolis Award, an Iowa Arts Grant, and more, she has an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and an MFA from Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. She teaches creative writing at Whitman College.


Saturday September 12, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Holiday Inn - Glacier/Yellowstone 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:30am

The Literary Fantastic: At Play with Genre in Literary Fiction

What role can the speculative play in character-driven literary fiction? This panel unites four authors with ties to the Pacific Northwest in an exploration of hybrid forms and the future of slipstream literature. J Robert Lennon, Sharma Shields, Benjamin Parzybok, and Shya Scanlon read from their work, discuss common influences, expectations, and one another’s unique approaches, then answer questions. 


Moderators
avatar for Derek Heckman

Derek Heckman

Derek Heckman was born in Peoria, Illinois, and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Iowa. He also completed Iowa’s Undergraduate Certificate in Writing program and participated in its Irish Writing Program at University College Dublin. He was twice awarded the Scott A. Anderson Memorial Award for creative writing, as well as the Miriam Gilbert Award for Shakespeare scholarship. In 2013, he became a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for J. Robert Lennon

J. Robert Lennon

J. Robert Lennon is the author of two story collections, Pieces For The Left Hand and See You in Paradise, and seven novels, including Mailman, Familiar,and Happyland. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy, Granta, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He has been anthologized in Best American Short... Read More →
avatar for Ben Parzybok

Ben Parzybok

Benjamin Parzybok is the author of the novels Sherwood Nation and Couch. Among his other projects, he founded Gumball Poetry, a literary journal published in gumball capsule machines, co-ran Project Hamad, an effort to free a Guantanamo inmate (Adel Hamad is now free), and co-runs Black Magic Insurance Agency, a one-night city-wide alternative reality game. Born in Spokane, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon. He can be found... Read More →
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Shya Scanlon

Shya Scanlon is the author of the novels Forecast, Border Run, and The Guild of Saint Cooper, and of the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse. His short stories and non-fiction have been published in the Mississippi Review, Literary Review, The Believer, Hobart, and elsewhere. He co-founded the literary magazine Monkeybicycle, and started the book review section of The Nervous Breakdown. He now curates work for The Twin Peaks Project, a series... Read More →
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Sharma Shields

Author, Autumn House Press
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Sharma’s writing has appeared in Electric Lit, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Holiday Inn - Gallatin/Jefferson 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:30am

Deja Everything: Surrealism in Contemporary American Poetry
A roundtable discussion of Surrealism's continuing impact on writing conventions found in contemporary poetry and how Surrealist theories have influenced our North American understanding of writing and society. Panelists will examine how Surrealist techniques allow writers to explore complex social and personal ideas often prevalent in poetry and why explicit Surrealism instruction is valuable to any writing program. A focus will also be placed on the relationship between Surrealism and LGBTQ writing.

Purpose: Contemporary writing is teeming with surrealist techniques and theories but the root of these practices go unexamined and untaught. This panel is designed to encourage the study and discussion of Surrealism as a way for poets to take more authority over common poetic conventions by understanding their origins. We will also demonstrate Surrealism's contemporary usefulness as a tool for expressing complex identity and socio-political issues, such as queer theory.

Speakers
avatar for Jess L. Bryant

Jess L. Bryant

Jess L. Bryant is the managing editor of Willow Springs Books and an MFA candidate in poetry at Eastern Washington University. Her poems have been published in Hobart, Stirring, and Stone Highway Review among others. 
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Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt was born and raised in the pacific northwest. He's uncertain about most things nowadays except that he likes poetry. He's an MFA candidate at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers.
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Danielle Weeks

Danielle Weeks is an MFA candidate at Eastern Washington University.


Saturday September 12, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom C 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:30am

Rick DeMarinis Lifetime Achievement Panel
Distinguished authors and teachers Kevin Canty, Jon Jackson, William Kittredge and Lois Welch will discuss books by Rick DeMarinis - books like "The Mortician's Apprentice" (Norton, 1994), "The Year of the Zinc Penny" (Norton, 1989, New York Times Notable Book), and the collection of stories "The Voice of America" (Norton, 1991) - describing how both his writing and his life affected their own work and lives for the better. The panel will bestow a Lifetime Achievement Award on DeMarinis, who has two new books coming out in 2015, and invite him up to say a few words. 

Moderators
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Annick Smith

Annick Smith is a writer and filmmaker of Jewish-Hungarian descent whose work focuses on the literature and history of the Northern Rockies. Her books include Crossing the Plains with Bruno, the memoir Homestead, the Montana anthology The Last Best Place, which she edited with William Kittredge, and Big Bluestem, about Oklahoma’s tallgrass prairies. Her articles, essays, and stories have appeared... Read More →

Speakers
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Kevin Canty

| Kevin Canty is the Director of Creative Writing at University of Montana. Canty is the author of seven books, most recently a novel called Everything and a collection of stories, Where the Money Went. His stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The New Yorker, Esquire, Tin House, GQ, Glimmer Train, Story, the New England Review and elsewhere; essays and articles in Vogue, Details, Playboy, the New York Times and the... Read More →
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Rick Demarinis

Rick DeMarinis is the author of seven novels, including The Year of the Zinc Penny (1989), The Mortician's Apprentice (1994), and A Clod of Wayward Marl (2001), and five collections of short fiction. His Borrowed Hearts: New and Selected Stories appeared in 1999. He has also written The Art and Craft of the Short Story, which was published in 2000. His short stories have appeared... Read More →
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Jon Jackson

Jon A. Jackson is the author of 11 novels, but is best known to Montanans as one of the Food Guys, as well as a jazz dj, on MTPR. He has had the pleasure of knowing Rick DeMarinis for 47 years!
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William Kittredge

William Kittredge taught creative writing at the University of Montana for 30 years and is a Regents Professor Emeritus. He is the author of We Are Not In This Together, Hole in the Sky and most recently, The Next Rodeo: New and Selected Essays. He has received a Stegner Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, the Los Angeles Times Award for Lifetime Achievement and numerous other awards. He was co-editor with Annick Smith of "The Last Best Place... Read More →
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Lois Welch

Lois Welch taught English at the University of Montana-Missoula for over three decades, writing scholarly and non-fiction articles, giving talks, directing the Creative Writing Program and chairing the English Department. As Mrs James Welch, she was actively, happily supportive of her husband's literary career in this country and abroad. As his literary executor, she works with editors and scholars on new editions of his work; she is working with... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom D 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:30am

Missoula Writing Collaborative: Flathead Children's Reading
Hear poems written by students in Missoula Writing Collaborative’s writing-in-residence program at Pablo, St. Ignatius, and Arlee, who will travel from the Flathead Reservation to share their work with the Missoula community as part of this event.

Speakers
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Rachel Mindell

Festival Director
Rachel Mindell is a poet and teacher from Tucson, Arizona. She received an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Montana. She works for Submittable and the Missoula Writing Collaborative when she isn't planning the book fest. Her chapbook, A Teardrop and a Bullet, was recently releasted by Dancing Girl Press. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Pool, BOAAT, Horse Less... 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 →


Saturday September 12, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Frost Gallery 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:00pm

Author Luncheon with Smith Henderson

Chérie Newman, producer of The Write Question, talks with Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek.

*This event is limited capacity and $30. Ticket price includes a delicious Top Hat lunch and one paperback copy of Fourth of July Creek.

Purchase tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/930223-smith-henderson-missoula/

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Smith Henderson is the author of the debut novel Fourth of July Creek (Ecco), a 2014 New York Times Notable Book. It was the 2014 Montana Book Award winner, finalist for the James Tait Black Prize, the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel, and the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction.

The novel also made the longlists for the Folio Prize, the VCU Cabel First Novelist Award, the Folio Prize, and the John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger Award.

The book appeared on the Best Books of 2014 lists for The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Kansas City Star, and Book Riot and Powell’s Book Store.

Henderson was awarded a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction, and a 2011 Philip Roth Residency in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. His short story, “Number Stations” won a Pushcart Prize and a finalist honors for the University of Texas Keene Prize, where he was a Michener Center for Writing Fellow. He worked at the Wieden + Kennedy advertising agency, where he contributed to the Emmy-nominated “Halftime In America” Super Bowl Commercial. An accomplished screenwriter, he co-wrote “Dance With The One”, a 2010 South By Southwest Narrative Prize Finalist.

His fiction has been anthologized and published in Tin House, American Short Fiction, One Story, New Orleans Review, Makeout Creek, and Witness. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Los Angeles, California.


Moderators
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Cherie Newman

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at PRX.org and MTPR.org. Her articles, essays, and book reviews have been published in Montana Magazine, High Country News, the University of Montana Alumni... Read More →

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Smith Henderson

Smith Henderson is the author of the debut novel Fourth of July Creek (Ecco), a 2014 New York Times Notable Book. It was the 2014 Montana Book Award winner, finalist for the James Tait Black Prize, the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel, and the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction. The novel also made the longlists for the Folio Prize, the... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Top Hat 134 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Idea Hunting: Stalking the Next Story
Author, improviser, and teacher Kent Davis will lead a hands-on, interactive hour for kids ages 8—12, incorporating a dash of improv, a pinch of his new book, and a heaping ladle of fun. Attendees will delve into the mysteries of where ideas come from, taking creative risks, and collaborating with others.

Speakers
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Kent Davis

Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is an author, game designer, improviser, and actor. His colonial pirate fantasy for kids aged 10 to 100, A Riddle in Ruby (Greenwillow/HarperCollins), is on sale everywhere you can buy books. Book 2 of the Ruby trilogy, The Changer's Key, will be available at the Festival and then everywhere else 9/27. Kent and his game design partner, Chris Organ, are the two nerds behind the... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Image and Text: Intersections
Join John Ashley, author of Glacier National Park After Dark, Jennifer Bootmly-O'looney and Kirby Lambert, co-authors of Montana's Charlie Russell: Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society, Jerry McGahan, author of The Deer Walking Upside Down: Stories, and Dave Peterson, author of Happiness is a Warm Carcass: Assorted Sordid Stories from the Photographer in the Midst, as they share from their work and discuss the medium of photography as it relates to publishing and writing.

Moderators
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Moss Turpan

Creative Director, Montana Book Festival
Moss Turpan grew up in New York and studied literature and intellectual history at Middlebury College in Vermont. He moved to Missoula on the basis of having heard a few good things, and with some vague, romantic visions of what Montana life might be like. He hasn't been disappointed in what he's found, and has recently been working as the Creative Director for the Montana Book Festival.

Speakers
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John Ashley

John Ashley is a Montana photographer, writer, biologist, and educator. As an award-winning journalist in Montana and Florida, John has photographed presidents and homeless people, Space Shuttle launches and airplane crashes, beauty queens and murder suspects. John also worked seasonally as a field biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service. He has helped to conserve California condors, bald eagles, and common... Read More →
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Jennifer Bottomly-O'looney

Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney is senior curator of the Montana Historical Society.  A third-generation Montanan, she spent much of her youth at the family’s cabin on Lake McDonald, where her grandmother told reminiscences of Charlie Russell’s visits from his nearby Bull Head Lodge.  Bottomly-O’looney received her BA from Montana State University and her MA from the Royal College of Art in London. She came to... Read More →
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Kirby Lambert

Kirby Lambert is a native of Texas and a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received degrees in history, English, and museum studies. He has been affiliated with the Montana Historical Society, in various capacities, for nearly three decades. Before assuming his present position as the director of the Outreach and Interpretation Program in 2007, he spent nineteen years curating the Society’s Russell collection. His publications... Read More →
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Jerry McGahan

Jerry McGahan, 72, is a retired beekeeper and lives with his wife in Arlee, Montana, where he writes short fiction, essays, and novels; gardens; and paints. North American Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, and The Gettysburg Review, among other literary journals, have published his stories and essays. He had a novel with Sierra Club Books, and a collection of short fiction, The Deer Walking Upside... Read More →
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Dave Peterson

David Peterson is author of Happiness is a Warm Carcass: Assorted Sordid Stories from the Photographer in the Midst. | | Mike England of Outside Bozeman magazine said, "Dave is one weird dude."



Saturday September 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Holiday Inn - Montana Boardroom 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Memoir: The Life of Travel
Elizabeth Enslin, author of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal, and Amy Ragsdale, author of Crossing the River: A Life in Brazil, know the particular joys and struggles of capturing life abroad. Join us for a reading from two compelling memoirs.

Moderators
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Karla Theilen

Karla Theilen is currently in the home stretch of writing a raconteuse’s tale of six summers on a wilderness fire lookout following a slapdash recipe of one part nature writing, one part reflection, a measure of humor and a pinch of madness. The memoir is finished with a light, lyrical glaze, served on a bed of humility and best enjoyed with a tall glass of booze. Her writing has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning... Read More →

Speakers
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Elizabeth Enslin

A fourth generation Oregonian, Elizabeth Enslin is the author of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal (Seal Press, October 2014). She earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University in 1990 and has published literary nonfiction in The Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Raven Chronicles, High Desert Journal, Opium Magazine, Orion Magazine and other journals... Read More →
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Amy Ragsdale

Amy Ragsdale is a writer and choreographer. Her travel memoir Crossing the River, from SEAL Press, will arrive in bookstores in November 2015. Her articles and columns on travel and dance have appeared in High Desert Journal, Mamalode, British Airways online, and Outside magazine online, where she initiated the column Raising Rippers. She is the recipient of the 2009 Governor's Arts Award for the State of Montana and the 1996 Most Distinguished... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom A 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:30pm

Tin House Discussion
Join Tin House editor Nanci McCloskey for a reading and conversation with three outstanding Tin House authors: Charles D'Ambrosio, author of Loitering, Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day, and Leni Zumas, author of The Listeners.

Moderators
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Max Boyd

Max Boyd is a fiction writer from Nampa, Idaho. He graduated from Vassar College and, at age 21, was one of Best Buy's youngest managers. A former writing instructor and ghostwriter at San Francisco State University, he is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Montana.

Speakers
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Charles D'Ambrosio

Charles D’Ambrosio is the author of two books of fiction, The Point and The Dead Fish Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and two essay collections, Orphans and Loitering.  He’s been the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Lannan Fellowship, among other honors, and his work has been widely anthologized and selected for the Pushcart Prize, Best American... Read More →
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Cari Luna

Cari Luna is the author of The Revolution of Every Day, which won the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, PANK and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Nanci McCloskey

Nanci McCloskey works as the director of publicity and rights for Tin House Books.  After eight years working as a literary agent in Pennsylvania and New York, she now lives in Portland, OR.
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Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas is the author of the story collection FAREWELL NAVIGATOR (Open City) and the novel THE LISTENERS (Tin House), which was a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award.  Her fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Open City, Salt Hill, New Orleans Review, New York Tyrant, Columbia, and other magazines.  She has received fellowships from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Lower Manhattan Cultural... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom C 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:30pm

Where Nature Meets Culture: Bears, Dams, and Lentils
Join in on this discussion with three fabulous authors, each possessing a unqiue perspective on the intersections between our natural environment and society. David Brooks, author of Restoring the Shining Waters: Superfund Success at Milltown, Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground, and Michael Dax, author of Grizzly West: A Failed Attempt to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears in the Mountain West, will share from their work and engage eachother in a dynamic conversation.

Moderators
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Claire Voris

Claire Voris and her dog, Phoebe, originally hail from Illinois, but have migrated West in order to pursue an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Montana.  Claire served as lead writer and editor for a documentary on U.S. pork production that, unless you are an RFD-tv diehard, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, is unlikely to appear on your Netflix que.  Neither Claire nor Phoebe are Mandarin speakers, but what they lack in... Read More →

Speakers
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David Brooks

Exec. VP, Heritage Research Center, Ltd.
I earned my MA in Anthropology (2003) and PhD in History (2012) at the University of Montana. For the past three years I have served as lead historian and VP of Heritage Research Center, Ltd., a Missoula-based environmental history research firm specializing in Superfund and toxic tort litigation, tribal forest history and watershed issues. I also teach courses in U.S. Environmental History, 20th Century American West and U.S. Food... Read More →
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Liz Carlisle

Liz Carlisle is a fellow at the Center for Diversified Farming Systems at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography, also from Berkeley, and a B.A. from Harvard University. A native of Missoula, Montana, Carlisle is a former Legislative Aide to United States Senator Jon Tester. She is the author of Lentil Underground (2015).
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Michael Dax

Michael Dax earned a masters in history at the University of Montana where Grizzly West began as his thesis. Before coming to Missoula, he worked as a tour guide, ski instructor and trail groomer in Yellowstone National Park. His writing has appeared in High Country News and Earth Island Journal. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.



Saturday September 12, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Holiday Inn - Glacier/Yellowstone 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:30pm

YesYes Books: Small Press Poetry

Just beginning its fifth year, YesYes Books has released titles that have won the American Book Award (Boyishly by Tanya Olson), the Lambda Award for Gay Poetry ([insert] boy by Danez Smith), and been ranked as top collections of the year (American Barricade by Danniel Schoonebeek and If I Should Say I Have Hope by Lynn Melnick, among others). YesYes Books is fast becoming known for its experimental projects, its electrifying tours, and the diversity of voice it brings forward. 

Enjoy a brief reading from three of the newest poets at YesYes Books and then stay for a discussion with these poets and the publisher of this young, dynamic, award winning literary press as we walk through the journey from submission to production to promotion of small press poetry in today’s climate. 


Moderators
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KMA Sullivan

Publisher, YesYes Books
KMA Sullivan is the author of Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gertrude, diode, and elsewhere. Essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, and Nailed. She has been awarded residencies in creative nonfiction and poetry at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio... Read More →

Speakers
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Caylin Capra-Thomas

Caylin Capra-Thomas's second chapbook, Inside My Electric City, is due out from YesYes Books in 2016.  Another chapbook, The Marilyn Letters, is available through dancing girl press.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such asCrazyhorse, Fugue, Bat City Review, Willow Springs, Vinyl, and Phantom Limb.  She lives here in Missoula, where she peddles some (but not all) of your vices.
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jamie j. mortara

Founder, voicemail poems
jamie j. mortara is a poet from New Jersey built out of bikes and bagels and anxiety and punk rock and too many episodes of Carl Sagan's Cosmos. They hold an MFA from UNCW and are the author of small creatures / wide field, an interactive fiction collection from tNY Press. jamie currently operates voicemailpoems.org from Portland, OR and wherever there's free WiFi. 'some planet' (YesYes Books, 2015) is their first full-length collection... Read More →
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Meghan Privitello

Meghan Privitello is the author of A New Language for Falling Out of Love (YesYes Books, 2015) and the forthcoming chapbook Notes on the End of the World (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). Poems have appeared in Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast. A Public Space,  Best New Poets, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation, & elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2014 NJ State Council of the Arts Fellowship in... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Holiday Inn - Madison 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:30pm

Reading with Annick Smith and James Lee Burke
Join us for a reading by two of Montana's favorite authors, Annick Smith and James Lee Burke, with an introducion by Lois Welch. Annick Smith will read from her new book, Crossing the Plains with Bruno, and James Lee Burke will share forthcoming fiction.

Moderators
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Jane Sparks

Jane J Sparks moved from Minneapolis to Missoula in July 2014. She says it felt like moving home as she was a regular visitor to Missoula since 1999.  Originally from Kentucky, Jane spent 38 years in the Minneapolis area where she owned an insurance agency that specialized in Equine insurance. She is an avid horsewoman having spent earlier years showing Dressage, Fox-Hunting, and breeding Thoroughbred horses.  She... Read More →
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Lois Welch

Lois Welch taught English at the University of Montana-Missoula for over three decades, writing scholarly and non-fiction articles, giving talks, directing the Creative Writing Program and chairing the English Department. As Mrs James Welch, she was actively, happily supportive of her husband's literary career in this country and abroad. As his literary executor, she works with editors and scholars on new editions of his work; she is working with... Read More →

Speakers
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James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
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Annick Smith

Annick Smith is a writer and filmmaker of Jewish-Hungarian descent whose work focuses on the literature and history of the Northern Rockies. Her books include Crossing the Plains with Bruno, the memoir Homestead, the Montana anthology The Last Best Place, which she edited with William Kittredge, and Big Bluestem, about Oklahoma’s tallgrass prairies. Her articles, essays, and stories have appeared... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom D 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:30pm

Regional MFA Reading

Join us for readings by Masters of Fine Arts candidates in poetry, fiction and nonfiction from Eastern Washington University, Boise State and University of Montana!


Moderators
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Karin Schalm

Program Coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program
Karin Schalm is the Creative Writing Program Coordinator at the University of Montana where she earned both her M.F.A. in Poetry and M.A. in Literature. Her work has been published in Camas, CutBank, The Sun, Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Frederico García Lorca, and other journals. She has poems forthcoming in Epiphany and Poems Across the Big Sky II.

Speakers
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Sean Frede

Graduate Assistant Editor, Idaho Review
Sean Frede is a current MFA student in fiction at Boise State University while also holding the graduate assistant editor position for the Idaho Review. He currently resides in Boise with his beautiful fiancee and year old Cocker Spaniel, Winnie.
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Katie Fuller

Katie Fuller is from Maine.  She is the Program Director at The Cabin, a literary center in Boise, where she coordinates community creative writing and arts education. She holds a poetry MFA from Boise State University, and MA in Literature from the University of Maine. Her chapbook Valve is out from DoubleCross Press.
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Riley Gillan

Riley Gillan is a creative nonfiction writer from Chicago, Illinois. He is a second-year MFA candidate studying nonfiction and forestry at the University of Montana-Missoula, where he received the Truman Capote Scholarship. Gillan is a contributing blogger for "The MFA Years" and teaching resident at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. His work has appeared in Peal Magazine, Canvas, Laurel, and elsewhere... Read More →
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Elin Hawkinson

Elin Hawkinson is a graduate of The New School and has just completed her first year in the MFA program at Eastern Washington University. She serves as a fiction editor for Willow Springs and her work can be found in Midwestern Gothic and Twelfth Street, among others.
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Colin Johnson

Editorial Assistant, Ahsahta Press
Current MFA candidate in poetry at Boise State University, editorial & design assistant for Ahsahta Press, student-editor for Free Poetry, former poetry editor for the Idaho Review. 
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Holly Lavecchia

Holly Lavecchia writes nonfiction. She's a second-year MFA candidate at Eastern Washington University and managing editor of Willow Springs Magazine. She thinks that reading out loud and wearing glasses actually make her smarter.
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Rachel Richardson

Rachel Richardson is a MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Montana.
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Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt was born and raised in the pacific northwest. He's uncertain about most things nowadays except that he likes poetry. He's an MFA candidate at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers.
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Danielle Weeks

Danielle Weeks is an MFA candidate at Eastern Washington University.
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Hannah Withers

Hannah Withers is a fiction writer from Southern California. She's a second year at the Montana MFA program, and is co-curator of the MFA reading series, Second Wind. Her work can be found at The Kenyon Review Online, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Red Branch Journal, and NPR.org. She used to make rent by performing improv at Bar Mitzvahs.


Saturday September 12, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom A 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:30pm

Plateau Native Art and Poetry: Vic Charlo and Debra Magpie Earling
In conjunction with the exhibition Terrain: Plateau Native Art and Poetry, the Missoula Art Museum presents two poets featured in the Terrain portfolio, Debra Magpie Earling and Vic Charlo.

Speakers
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Vic Charlo

Victor Charlo was born in 1938, a child of World War II. As a child, he contracted infantile paralysis, and he was expected to die. But Jerome, a medicine man, doctored him only once,and he got well. In Put Šeỳ: Good Enough, Victor says this about his writing: “There are a lot ofthings I was told I shouldn’t write about, and so to compensate, I write around those things. .. . I write about things that are Native because... Read More →
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Debra Magpie Earling

Debra Magpie Earling is the Director of the University of Montana Creative Writing Program. 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 Sacajewea (Koch editions, 2010),  a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch, re-invents the life of... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Frost Gallery 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

YA Fantasy Panel
  • Join YA authors Jess Owen, Meradeth Houston, Janet Fox, and Kent Davis as they describe their own writing processes and lead teen participants through a group world-building exercise.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Davis

Kent Davis

Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is an author, game designer, improviser, and actor. His colonial pirate fantasy for kids aged 10 to 100, A Riddle in Ruby (Greenwillow/HarperCollins), is on sale everywhere you can buy books. Book 2 of the Ruby trilogy, The Changer's Key, will be available at the Festival and then everywhere else 9/27. Kent and his game design partner, Chris Organ, are the two nerds behind the... Read More →
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Janet Fox

Author
Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Her published works include the non-fiction middle grade book Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit, 2006), and three YA historical romances: Faithful (Speak/Penguin Group, 2010), Forgiven (Penguin, 2011), and Sirens (Penguin, 2012). Janet's debut middle grade novel The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle (Viking, 2016) has received starred reviews from... Read More →
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Meradeth Houston

Meradeth's never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some tidbits about her:  she's a Northern California girl and now braving the cold winters in Montana; when she's not writing, she's sequencing dead people's DNA. For fun!  She's also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans. If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little... Read More →
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Jess E. Owen

Founder, Five Elements Press
Jess E. Owen has been creating works of fantasy art and fiction for over a decade, and founded her own publishing company, Five Elements Press, to publish her own works and someday, that of others. She's a proud member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Authors of the Flathead. She lives with her husband in the mountains of northwest Montana, which offer daily inspiration for creating worlds of wise, wild... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Novel Novels: Different Approaches to the Beast

Beth McHugh has a novel on the way (The Actor), Marian Palaia (The Given World) is touring with her first, and Martin Corless-Smith is an acclaimed poet who recently published a book of fiction (This Fatal Looking Glass). Join us for a reading and conversation on the different stages in novel writing: creation, submission, publication and promotion.

This event is sponsored by Novel Suite, a new software program designed for writing novels. 


Moderators
Speakers
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Martin Corless-Smith

Martin Corless-Smith was born and raised in Worcestershire, England. He has studied painting and poetry, with degrees from the University of Reading, Southern Methodist University, the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and a PhD from University of Utah. His sixth collection of poetry, Bitter Green is forthcoming from Fence Books in November 2015. His first novel, This Fatal Looking Glass was published by SplitLevel Texts in May.
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Beth McHugh

Beth McHugh grew up in Helena, MT. She moved to Missoula in 2002 to pursue a bachelor's degree in English. She stayed on at UM for another twelve years, earning an M.F.A in Creative Writing (2009), an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction (2015), and teaching writing courses at the Missoula College and Bitterroot College. She lives in Hamilton, MT. The Actor will be released in October with Riverbend Publishing, and is her first novel.
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Marian Palaia

is a San Francisco (and often Missoula, Montana) author whose first novel, The Given World, was praised in a starred Kirkus review as “an immensely rewarding and remarkable debut.” It has been nominated for both the PEN/Bingham Prize and the Saroyan International Prize for Fiction.



Saturday September 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Holiday Inn - Gallatin/Jefferson 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:30pm

Publishing Perspectives: Who Gets Published, Why and How
Join four writers with diverse expertise - science, spirituality, romance, running - as they discuss the ins and outs of contemporary publishing. Valerie Harms, Dorothy Patent, Rachel Toor and Danica Winters will offer valuable insight into getting your printed work out in the world.

Moderators
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Leisa Greene

UM MA/MFA Graduate Admissions and Irish Studies, University of Montana
Leisa Greene’s passions include writing about music, theater, film, food, art, family and friends -- all of which are supported by the community of Missoula and an IV line of dark-roasted iced coffee. She is the English Department’s Administrative Associate of Graduate Admissions and Irish Studies, at her alma mater, University of Montana; the editor-in-chief of Indie It Press; and the author of a memoir manuscript currently titled... Read More →

Speakers
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Valerie Harms

Author of nine books & numerous articles, a creativity counselor, and an independent Jung scholar, she has led writing and depth psychology workshops at centers around the country, plus Canada and Greece. A graduate of Smith College, for seven years she was a science editor at the National Audubon Society in NYC. Valerie currently lives in Bozeman, Montana, and edits Distinctly Montana magazine.
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Dorothy Patent

Missoula resident Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has been writing nonfiction books for young readers for more than 40 years, with almost 140 published titles. As a PhD zoologist, she has deep knowledge about the living world and is passionate about communicating her enthusiasm for nature and human interactions with nature to children. She has received several awards for the body of her work, including the Washington Post/Children’s Book... Read More →
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Rachel Toor

Rachel Toor is the author of four works of nonfiction and one novel. Her most recent book is Misunderstood: Why The Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever (FSG 2016). She is a professor in the graduate creative writing program at Eastern Washington University. Her work has been published in a wide variety of places, including The New York Times, The LA Times, Ploughshares, SB Nation, Glamour, Reader’s Digest, Runner’s World and... 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. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to hone her skills at various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her areas of expertise).  She always believes the cup is neither... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Holiday Inn - Montana Boardroom 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:30pm

Race, Privilege, and Writing

Join us for a dynamic reading and conversation centered around the dyanimcs of privilege impacting academia, publishing and exposure. Three poets and one writer of fiction - Jeff Renard Allen, Tod Marshall, Rob Schlegel and Randall James Tyrone - will each share creative work and add their unique perspective to the conversation.


Moderators
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Ari Laurel

Hyphen magazine
Ari Laurel is a writer and editor from Oakland, CA whose work deals with Asian American icons, and youth identity in the ever-shifting Bay Area. In addition to her feature in the 2015 Kearny Street Workshop APAture Festival, she was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/USA Emerging Writers Fellowship, recipient of University of Montana’s Candace K. Brown Memorial Scholarship, and her work has appeared in The Conium Review, Passages North, Yellow... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeff Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. Allen is the author of five books, most recently the novel Song of the Shank (Graywolf Press, 2104), which is loosely based on the life of Blind Tom, a nineteenth century African American piano virtuoso and composer who was the first African American to perform at The White House. The novel was featured as the front-page review of both The New York Times Book... Read More →
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Tod Marshall

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, NY.  His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with poets, Range of the Possible (EWU Press, 2002), and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices (2005).  These volumes include interviews with and poems... Read More →
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Rob Schlegel

Rob Schlegel is the author of the The Lesser Fields (Center for Literary Publishing, 2009), which won the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and January Machine (Four Way Books, 2014) which won the Grub Street National Book Prize. Of January Machine, Cathy Park Hong writes, "...part discursive meditation and part stirring lyric, these poems search for an utterance that can be wakeful to despair and fear, an utterance that can... Read More →
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Randall James Tyrone

Randall James Tyrone is a Poetry MFA Candidate at the University of Wyoming. He is the recipient of the Bentley-Buckman Poetry Fellowship and the 2015 Tin House Summer Scholarship. He is an Editor for Essay Press and he is very excited for you.


Saturday September 12, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Holiday Inn - Madison 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Poetry Reading: Madelon Sprengnether, Gary Thompson and Brian Laidlaw
Three outstanding poets will share the stage: Brain Laidlaw, author of The Stuntman, Madelon Sprengnether, author of Near Solstice: Prose Poems, and Gary Thompson, author of One Thing After Another.

Moderators
Speakers
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Brian Laidlaw

Brian Laidlaw is a poet-troubadour from San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals including Field, Agni, New American Writing, The Iowa Review, and American Songwriter Magazine, and was anthologized in The Arcadia Project from Ahsahta Press. Laidlaw recently released Amoratorium, a vinyl-LP-plus-poetry-chapbook, with Paper Darts Press. His first full-length collection of poems, The Stuntman was just released – also... Read More →
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Madelon Sprengnether

Madelon Sprengnether is a poet, memoirist and literary critic, who teaches creative writing in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of two books of poetry, The Normal Heart and The Angel of Duluth, two memoirs, Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams, and Crying at the Movies and a co-edited collection of travel essays by women, The House on Via Gombito, in addition to numerous works of literary criticism. She has... Read More →
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Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson’s fifth book of poetry, One Thing After Another, a collection of six lyric sequences, was published by Turning Point in 2013, and recent poems have appeared in Arroyo Literary Review, December and Hubbub. He earned a MFA from the University of Montana, where he was a founding editor of CutBank, and taught in the creative writing program at CSU, Chico for nearly thirty years. In 2010, he edited Quinton Duval’s (a fellow... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom A 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

Rejection Open Mic

Come and read your best worst rejection letter. Tell a story of literary heartbreak. Share your invented favorable decline from It's Not You It's Us journal...or just listen in as others reveal the dark (and darkly humorous) downside of submitting work.

We have plenty of room - send an email to mindellrachel@gmail.com to sign up! 

Moderators
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Virginia Zech

Virginia Zech’s journalism and reviews have been appeared in The Onion AV Club, Seattle Weekly, The Reykjavik Grapevine and Ski Racing Magazine. The first chapter of her novella in progress, “The Claw”, is forthcoming this fall in the science flash fiction anthology Gigantic Worlds. She is the Assistant Director of the Colgate Writers Conference and teaches creative writing at the University of Montana.

Speakers
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J. Robert Lennon

J. Robert Lennon is the author of two story collections, Pieces For The Left Hand and See You in Paradise, and seven novels, including Mailman, Familiar,and Happyland. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy, Granta, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He has been anthologized in Best American Short... Read More →
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Rachel Mindell

Festival Director
Rachel Mindell is a poet and teacher from Tucson, Arizona. She received an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Montana. She works for Submittable and the Missoula Writing Collaborative when she isn't planning the book fest. Her chapbook, A Teardrop and a Bullet, was recently releasted by Dancing Girl Press. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Pool, BOAAT, Horse Less... Read More →
avatar for Marian Palaia

Marian Palaia

is a San Francisco (and often Missoula, Montana) author whose first novel, The Given World, was praised in a starred Kirkus review as “an immensely rewarding and remarkable debut.” It has been nominated for both the PEN/Bingham Prize and the Saroyan International Prize for Fiction.
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Kris Price

Kris Price has an A.A. in Behavioral and Social Sciences from Modesto Junior College. He is currently attending University of Montana, Missoula where he is studying Creative Writing and Film Studies. Kris was an assistant editor for Quercus Review, and Snail Mail Review. He is working on his first chapbook.  | | His work has appeared in Penumbra, Emerge, The Fine Line, theNewerYork Press, Diversion Press, PressboardPress, Crack the Spine... Read More →
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Josh Wagner

Josh Wagner was living in the middle of the desert with his dog Lucyfurr in 2008 when Ape Entertainment released his graphic novel, Fiction Clemens. Since then he’s traveled all over the planet, spinning stories out of what he finds. Along with comics Josh is the author of five books: Shapes the Sunlight Takes, Mystery Mark, Smashing Laptops, Deadwind Sea, and The Adventures of the Imagination of Periphery Stowe, as well as dozens of... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Holiday Inn - Glacier/Yellowstone 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:30pm

YA Realism Panel
YA authors Kris Dinnison, Theresa Schuster, and Melissa Clark will talk about their own writing and share writing exercises with the teen audience members.

 


Speakers
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Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark is an author, television writer and college instructor. She is the author of the novels, Bear Witness, Swimming Upstream, Slowly, and Imperfect. Her essay, Rachael Ray Saved My Life, is included in the anthology The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage. She is also the creator of the animated television series, Braceface, starring the voice of Alicia Silverstone which aired on the ABC Family Channel. She has written scripts for... Read More →
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Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian while dreaming of becoming a writer. Her work has appeared in One Teen Story, HelloGiggles, YARN, and Germ Magazine among others. Kris’ first novel, You and Me and Him, came out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July, 2015. When she’s not working Kris loves to hike, read, and binge watch TV shows. She lives and writes in Spokane, Washington.
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Theresa Nichols Schuster

Author, TNS Services
Theresa Nichols Schuster’s novel We Are the Warriors was named 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book Awards Finalist. When not hiking the mountains or prairies of Montana, or pursuing the next wildlife photo, Theresa is immersed in creating stories that are rich with real life characters and sceneries founded by Montana landscapes. She expresses, “the act of creating stories lures me in, like a haunting melody. As... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:30pm

Defying Genre: Writing Outside the Box
Join us for a reading and conversation with four authors who refuse to confine their work squarely within a single category. Enjoy hearing from Kelly Fordon (author of Garden for the Blind), Camille Griep (author of Letters to Zell), Josh Wagner (author of Shapes the Sunlight Takes),and Elissa Washuta (author of Starvation Mode: A Memoir of Food, Consumption, and Control).

Moderators
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Kris Price

Kris Price has an A.A. in Behavioral and Social Sciences from Modesto Junior College. He is currently attending University of Montana, Missoula where he is studying Creative Writing and Film Studies. Kris was an assistant editor for Quercus Review, and Snail Mail Review. He is working on his first chapbook.  | | His work has appeared in Penumbra, Emerge, The Fine Line, theNewerYork Press, Diversion Press, PressboardPress, Crack the Spine... Read More →

Speakers
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Kelly Fordon

Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, Flashquake, The Kenyon Review (KRO), The Montreal Review and Rattle among others. Her story A Small Bridge was chosen as a Wigleaf Top 50 (Short) Fiction of 2014. In her poetry chapbook, On The Street Where We Live won the 2011 Standing Rock Chapbook Contest. Her poetry chapbook, Tell Me When It Starts To Hurt was published by Kattywompus Press in May 2013. A collection of linked... Read More →
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Camille Griep

Camille Griep is the author of the novels Letters to Zell and New Charity Blues. She is the managing editor of Easy Street and a senior editor at The Lascaux Review. Her shorter works have appeared at Cartridge Lit, Synaesthesia, and The First Line, among other online and print venues. A native Montanan, she lives and writes near Seattle where she shares a home with her partner, Adam, and their spoiled bulldogge, Dutch.
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Josh Wagner

Josh Wagner was living in the middle of the desert with his dog Lucyfurr in 2008 when Ape Entertainment released his graphic novel, Fiction Clemens. Since then he’s traveled all over the planet, spinning stories out of what he finds. Along with comics Josh is the author of five books: Shapes the Sunlight Takes, Mystery Mark, Smashing Laptops, Deadwind Sea, and The Adventures of the Imagination of Periphery Stowe, as well as dozens of... Read More →
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Elissa Washuta

Nonfiction Faculty, Institute of American Indian Arts
Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of the memoirs My Body Is a Book of Rules and Starvation Mode. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Weeklings, and elsewhere. She serves as adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and nonfiction faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. 


Saturday September 12, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom C 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:30pm

Submission to Montana Publishing Houses
Join representatives from the Montana Historical Society, Riverbend, Farcountry, Mountain Press, Stoneydale and Bangtail Presses as they discuss the publishing process unique to their enterprise.

Moderators
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Barbara Theroux

Barbara Theroux is the Founder and Manager of Fact & Fiction, an independent bookstore in Missoula, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year. She grew up and attend college in Pennsylvania, then worked in school and public libraries in Oregon and Idaho, before becoming a bookseller at WSU in Pullman, WA. She has served as a past director of The American Booksellers Association; taught at a variety of bookseller schools... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Gallatin/Jefferson 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:30pm

Poetry Reading: Allison Hedge Coke

Acclaimed poet Allison Hedge Coke, with support from the UM's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, will read from her new book Streaming, in conversation with her Coffee House Poetry Editor Erika Stevens. According to poet Adrian Matejka, as he writes of Streaming, "it is clear that in these urgent poems, and in this necessary book, we’ve found both the magnificent and the unforgettable.”

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Allison Adelle Hedge Coke's books include authored (poetry) Dog Road WomanOff-Season City PipeBlood RunStreaming, and Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer (memoir) and edited anthologies Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous AmericasEffigies and Effigies II. Her latest published fiction is "Way the Crow Flies," in the Summer 2015 edition of This Land Press. She currently teaches for Vermont College, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Arkansas at Monticello and for the Jack Kerouac School Summer Writing Program of Naropa University (founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman) and recently served as a Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. Hedge Coke directs the Literary Sandhill Crane Retreat, performs with the band Rd Klā, and is currently at work on an environmental documentary film, Red Dust: resiliency in the dirty thirties. Hedge Coke came of age working fields, factories, and waters, and serves as an alternative field mentor. Awards for her work include an Independent Publishers Award (IPPY), American Book Award, a Paterson Prize, a Sioux Falls Mayor’s Award, and fellowships or residencies with MacDowell, Black Earth Institute, Hawthornden Castle, Weymouth Center, Center for the Great Plains, Lannan at Marfa, and she was a fellow of Allen Ginsberg's and other Beats faculty at Naropa Institute through a Red Elk Scholarship and IAIA Award in 1992 and 1993.

Moderators
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Erika Stevens

Erika Stevens is poetry editor-at-large at Coffee House Press and runs Quick Bread Editorial, an independent freelance editing business. Erika previously acquired creative writing, scholarly, and trade books for the University of Georgia Press.

Speakers
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Allison Hedge Coke

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke's books include authored (poetry) Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, Streaming, and Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer (memoir) and edited anthologies Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies and Effigies II. Her latest published fiction is "Way the Crow Flies," in the Summer 2015 edition of This Land Press. She currently teaches for Vermont... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Missoula Art Museum - Frost Gallery 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:30pm

UM Creative Writing Faculty Reading
Founded in 1920, University of Montana's Creative Writing Program is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country. The program offers student writers instruction and mentorship by a committed and diverse group of faculty, visiting writers, alumni, and peers. Members of the faculty will share excerpts from work in progress or recently published books.


Moderators
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Karin Schalm

Program Coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program
Karin Schalm is the Creative Writing Program Coordinator at the University of Montana where she earned both her M.F.A. in Poetry and M.A. in Literature. Her work has been published in Camas, CutBank, The Sun, Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Frederico García Lorca, and other journals. She has poems forthcoming in Epiphany and Poems Across the Big Sky II.

Speakers
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David Gates

David Gates is the author of the novels Jernigan and Preston Falls and a collection of stories, The Wonders of the Invisible World. He recently published a novella and collection of short stories, A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me (Knopf, 2015). His fiction has appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Tin House and Ploughshares. His nonfiction has appeared in Newsweek, where he was a longtime writer and editor, The New... Read More →
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Greg Pape

Greg Pape is the author of ten books of poetry, including Four Swans (2013, Lynx House Press), American Flamingo, winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition Award, Sunflower Facing the Sun, winner of the Edwin Ford Piper Prize, Storm Pattern, Black Branches, and Border Crossings. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, the Richard Hugo memorial award for poetry, the Vachel Lindsey poetry... Read More →
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Prageeta Sharma

Professor, University of Montana
Prageeta Sharma is the author of Bliss to Fill (Subpress Collective, 2000), The Opening Question (Fence Books, 2004, winner of the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize), Infamous Landscapes (Fence Books, 2007) and Undergloom (Fence Books, 2013). Sharma’s poems and writing have appeared in Art Asia Pacific, Bomb, Boston Review, Fence, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, Vanitas, Women’s Review... Read More →
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Robert Stubblefield

Robert Stubblefield is the faculty advisor for The Oval, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Montana, where he also teaches fiction and composition. His stories and essays have appeared in Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Fiction of the American West, High Desert Journal, basalt, Open Spaces, Clackamas and Hayden’s Ferry Literary Review, among others.


Saturday September 12, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom D 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

5:00pm

YA Dark Contemporary Panel
Dare to join YA authors Blythe Woolston, Stephanie Oakes, and Susan Adrian as they talk about creating dark realities and facilitate some creations with the teen audience.

Speakers
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Susan Adrian

Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. She danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. Tunnel Vision, a YA SF thriller, is her debut novel.
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Stephanie Oakes

Stephanie Oakes lives in Spokane, Washington, and works as a library media teacher in a combined middle and elementary school. She has an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is her debut novel.
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Blythe Woolston

Blythe Woolston's most recent book is MARTians, the "hilariously surreal (yet tragic)" story of ZERO | Coming next are a picture book and A Book That Sadly Needs A Title. | Talk to Blythe about words or worlds. | Her debut YA novel, THE FREAK OBSERVER, earned the William C. Morris Award. BLACK HELICOPTERS, a novel about terror and terrorism, earned a Montana Book Award honor and the High Plains Book Award for YA. |


Saturday September 12, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

5:00pm

Poetry Reading: Rick Barot, Joanna Klink and Ed Skoog
An all-star poetry reading! Join Rick Barot (author of Chord), Joanna Klink (author of Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy) and Ed Skoog (author of Rough Day) reading from new work.

Moderators
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Alicia Mountain

Alicia Mountain received her MFA at the University of Montana in Missoula. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Barrow Street, Witness, Spillway, LIT, The Southampton Review and elsewhere. She is the recent recipient of an Idyllwild Fellowship and received a 2014 Academy of American Poets Prize. She’s finishing her first collection of poetry.

Speakers
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Rick Barot

Rick Barot was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area.  He has published three books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015).  He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella... Read More →
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Joanna Klink

Joanna Klink is the author of four books of poetry: They Are Sleeping, Circadian, Raptus, and Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy (Penguin, 2015). She has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, Jeannette Haien Ballard, Civitella Ranieri, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Montana.
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Ed Skoog

Ed Skoog is the author of Mister Skylight (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and Rough Day (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), which won the Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He is a graduate of the University of Montana, and has been a visiting professor there. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence at George Washington University. He lives in Portland... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

7:00pm

Charles D'Ambrosio: A Reading
Charles D’Ambrosio is the author of two books of fiction, The Point and The Dead Fish Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and two essay collections, Orphans and Loitering.  He’s been the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Lannan Fellowship, among other honors, and his work has been widely anthologized and selected for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and the O. Henry Award. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, as well as in Tin House, The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, The Stranger, and A Public Space. He teaches fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Charles D'Ambrosio

Charles D'Ambrosio

Charles D’Ambrosio is the author of two books of fiction, The Point and The Dead Fish Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and two essay collections, Orphans and Loitering.  He’s been the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Lannan Fellowship, among other honors, and his work has been widely anthologized and selected for the Pushcart Prize, Best American... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dell Brown Room Turner Hall, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812

7:00pm

Salamanders Music Workshop
Missoula band the Salamanders will talk about creating and performing musical stories and offer some experiences for children ages 8—12 to explore their own musical stories.

Saturday September 12, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

8:00pm

Reinventing Radio: An Evening With Ira Glass presented by MTPR
The acclaimed creator of This American Life talks about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do. Glass mixes stories from the show, live onstage, combining his narration with pre-taped quotes and music, recreating the sound of the show as you watch. And he plays funny and memorable moments from the show, and talks about what was behind their creation.

Saturday September 12, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
The Dennison Theatre PARTV, 32 Campus Dr #110, Missoula, MT 59812

8:00pm

CutBank Afterparty with Live Music

The party continues at Missoula best live music dive, Ole Beck VFW Post 209. Enjoy drink specials and live music from festival authors. FREE ENTRY!

 


Moderators
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Billy Wallce

Billy Wallace is the Editor-in-Chief of CutBank Literary Magazine and an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Montana. He grew up in Ohio and Virginia, but spent the last ten years mostly on the road, singing songs and making friends. And sometimes enemies. He writes stories about the folks he’s met and the adventures he’s had. 

Speakers
avatar for Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson

Editorial Assistant, Ahsahta Press
Current MFA candidate in poetry at Boise State University, editorial & design assistant for Ahsahta Press, student-editor for Free Poetry, former poetry editor for the Idaho Review. 
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Brian Laidlaw

Brian Laidlaw is a poet-troubadour from San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals including Field, Agni, New American Writing, The Iowa Review, and American Songwriter Magazine, and was anthologized in The Arcadia Project from Ahsahta Press. Laidlaw recently released Amoratorium, a vinyl-LP-plus-poetry-chapbook, with Paper Darts Press. His first full-length collection of poems, The Stuntman was just released – also... Read More →
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Ed Skoog

Ed Skoog is the author of Mister Skylight (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and Rough Day (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), which won the Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He is a graduate of the University of Montana, and has been a visiting professor there. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence at George Washington University. He lives in Portland... Read More →
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Josh Wagner

Josh Wagner was living in the middle of the desert with his dog Lucyfurr in 2008 when Ape Entertainment released his graphic novel, Fiction Clemens. Since then he’s traveled all over the planet, spinning stories out of what he finds. Along with comics Josh is the author of five books: Shapes the Sunlight Takes, Mystery Mark, Smashing Laptops, Deadwind Sea, and The Adventures of the Imagination of Periphery Stowe, as well as dozens of... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 8:00pm - Sunday September 13, 2015 2:00am
VFW 245 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802
 
Sunday, September 13
 

2:00pm

Montana Cultural Council's German Fest

A great post-fest acitivity!

Germanfest is a free Montana German festival held each fall in Missoula. 

Germanfest is a celebration of German culture and Missoula’s Sister City relationship with Neckargemünd, Germany. It is the premiere Montana German festival in the state. Highlights include traditional food, music and beer.

With Special Guests S-Bahn!

S-Bahn brings traditional German music with a modern twist. With a diverse and eclectic repertoire, the S-Bahn specializes in Oktoberfests (German) and Malankas (Ukranian). Missoula is pleased to welcome this exciting new addition to Germanfest, sponsored in part by Bayern Brewery of Missoula.

Germanfest officially gets underway when the traditional keg of beer is tapped by Jurgen Knoeller, owner of Missoula’s Bayern Brewery. The Shack Restaurant provides plenty of bratwurst and Black Cat Bake Shop will be serving up pretzels and traditional German pastries – putting a distinct twist on this Montana German festival.

Germanfest includes kids’ activities, an information booth with photos and books about Neckargemünd, and a raffle of many fabulous prizes.

Make the most of this year’s Germanfest and never forget your Montana German festival experience by purchasing a commemorative stein. Steins will be available online at the link below, the Missoula Cultural Council office, and at the event. The purchase of a stein entitles you to one free beer during Germanfest. PROST!

Get yours here: http://www.missoulacultural.org/germanfest 


Sunday September 13, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Caras Park

4:00pm

Farewell Beer Social, presented by History Press and KettleHouse Brewery

Come savor some Kettlehouse brew, browse the many History Press Montana titles on display, mingle with authors, get your books signed, and say farewell to fellow Montana Book Festival attendees and volunteers while enjoying the old time music of History Press author Aaron Parrett and Brian Hall. 


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Parrett

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 →



Sunday September 13, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
KettleHouse Northside Brewery 313 N 1st St W, Missoula, MT 59802

5:00pm

Screening of "Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation"
Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation
Director: Barbara Kopple, 2015, USA, 93 minutes 

Screening: Top Hat, Sunday September 13 @ 5:00 pm 
Montana Premiere

In partnership with the Montana Book Festival

Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation is a vivid, inside look at America’s oldest continuously published weekly magazine. Shot over three years, with access to an incredible trove of archival documents, the film captures the day-to-day pressures and challenges of publishing a weekly magazine, as well as illuminating how the past continuously ripples through and shapes current events. It is the journey of The Nation – and the nation – evolving into the future, as it is guided by its remarkable past.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/123916252



Sunday September 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Top Hat 134 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802