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Saturday, September 24 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Home: A Four-Letter Word

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Home is a loaded word, a complex idea: it's a place that's safe, sentimental, difficult, nourishing, war-torn and political. It's a place we escape and a place we create. This panel of women writers will discuss the ways in which they confront home in their work, including writing within and rebelling against the idea of home as a woman's place. What choices do we make to reveal, deconstruct, and imagine homes for our characters? In what ways do our homes inform our real and imagined selves?

If writing is an effort to examine our world, to understand the place we've come from and our larger place in the universe, every writer must grapple with the idea of home -- where she has come from and where she feels she belongs. And as we have seen from elections to book deals, a woman's area of expertise is still deemed mostly domestic. So how do women deal with the domestic on the page in this day and age? Panelists will be anthologized in a forthcoming collection from Seal Press.

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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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Margot Kahn Case

Margot Kahn is the author of Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith, winner of the High Plains Book Award and a New West Best Book of 2008. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Hertog Fellow, and has been awarded grants and residencies from the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, the Ohioana Library Association, Bread Loaf and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Margot’s essays... Read More →
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Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin's debut novel The House Girl was a New York Times bestseller, #1 Indie Next Pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into five languages. Her second, The Last Romantics, is forthcoming in 2017 from William Morrow/Harper Collins. She is the recent recipient of a grant from Artist Trust. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Bridport, Mslexia and Bristol prizes and is published or forthcoming in Wherever I'm... 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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Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest. She has taught writing to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and served as writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Recipient of a 2016 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her work has also won awards from Sycamore Review, New South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood,  Florida Review and Crab Orchard... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom A 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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