David Allan Cates
David Allan Cates is the author of five novels, and a collection of poetry. His novels are Hunger In America, a New York Times Notable Book, X Out Of Wonderland and Freeman Walker, both Montana Book Award Honor Books, and Ben Armstrong’s Strange Trip Home and Tom Connor’s Gift, both of which won a Gold Medals for Best Fiction in the independent Book Publishers Book awards.
Cates is the winner of the 2010 Montana Arts Council’s Innovative Artist Award and his short story, “Rubber Boy,” (Glimmer Train 70) is a distinguished story in the 2010 Best American Short Stories. His stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, and his travel articles in Outside Magazine and the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler.
A professor of English at the University of Montana, Casey Charles has published two poetry chapbooks—Controlled Burn (Pudding House 2008) and Blood Work (Seven Kitchens 2012). His poems have also won prizes in contested judged by Adrienne Rich and Carolyn Forché, and “The Orb’s Prayer” won the Washington Square Poetry Award in 2010. Zicatela, a poetry collection, and his second novel The Monkey Cages will appear in 2018.
You can find him online at www.caseycharles.com
Victor A. Charlo is a regional poet and playwright. His first collection of poetry is called Put Sey, and his plays have been produced throughout the NW. He is published in several journals, anthologies, and book and film collaborations. Vic is the great-great grandson of Chief Victor Charlot of the Bitterroot Salish, and the proud father of four children, and grandchildren. He lives in Dixon, Montana.
Across the years, Rita Collins lived in nine states and three countries. Working as a teacher, she wrote journal articles, chapters for academic books, stories and plays for English language learners, the occasional newspaper article, and poetry. At the age of sixty-four, she shifted from teaching as her primary career. She embarked as owner/driver of St. Rita’s Amazing Traveling Bookstore. Collins also began stretching her writing abilities to include short stories and two blogs. She currently lives in Eureka, MT when she is not on the road with her bookstore.
Michael Earl Craig
Michael Earl Craig’s most recent book is Talkativeness (Wave Books, 2014). A new book, Woods and Clouds Interchangeable, will be published spring of ’19. A recent Poet Laureate for the state of Montana, he lives in the Shields Valley north of Livingston, where he shoes horses for a living.
Scott Davidson grew up in Great Falls, worked for the Montana Arts Council as a Poet in the Schools, and – after most of two decades in Seattle – lives with his wife in Missoula. He’s received a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry and a GE Young Writers Award nomination for literary essay. His poems have appeared in Potomac Review, Trampset, Terrain. org, Poets/Painters/ Composers, and the Permanent Press anthology Crossing the River: Poets of the Western United States.
Elaine Dugas Shea
Elaine Dugas Shea writes of nature, tribal communities, travel and Harleys. Her work in social justice, American Indian Head Start, and public service are reflected in her writing. She has lived in Missoula, Montana since 1972. Shea’s poetry was featured in diverse regional and national anthologies. Her first collection, Dream Transfer and Wander was published January 2017. A second book, Sky Songs North – Alaska Bush Poetry is forthcoming in spring.