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Wednesday, September 21 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Ceremony Honoring Debra Magpie Earling

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Bitterroot Salish tribal member, author and professor Debra Magpie Earling will be honored at a ceremony recognizing her as the first Native American Director of Creative Writing since the program at the University of Montana began in 1920. Earling has already earned distinction as a writer with a Guggenheim Fellowship; her first novel, PERMA RED, 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. She will be honored with a gift-giving ceremony and drumming. Both Bill Kittredge, a previous director, and Sherwin Bitsui, a visiting professor in poetry, will make presentations. Stay afterwards to celebrate Debra Magpie Earling.

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Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui is the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press). He Diné is of the Bįį’bítóó’nii’ Tódi’chii’nii clan and is born for the Tlizilłani’ clan. He is from White Cone, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for... 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 →
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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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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.

Wednesday September 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Payne Family Native American Center University of Montana, 32 Campus Dr, Missoula, MT 59812

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