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Friday, September 23 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Writing Off the Grid: Wilderness Writing Residencies

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Whether poets or prose writers, for many of us, our writing is deeply affected by the mountains, valleys, and rivers we call home. This wild landscape enters our work, and shapes its images and narratives. So what might happen when a writer lives even closer to the land and further from civilization? Hear from three authors who each enjoyed the writer’s life by living off the grid, two at the PEN Northwest Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency and one at the Bob Marshall Wilderness Residency. Each writer will read an excerpt from work written at the residency, and will share in a conversation about the joys and hardships of writing from a seat in the wild.

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Jill Beauchesne Alban

Jill Beauchesne Alban began writing a personal memoir, Naked in the Wilderness, during a solo 10-day residency in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness. In her first draft, she wrote pages of descriptions: the long hikes alone, the hours spent staring at the ceiling of a cabin, the pull of a trout at the end of a rod, the stumble and fall into a grizzly bear. But somewhere along the way she realized that she wasn't a nature writer. She was a... Read More →
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Erin Brown Saldin

Erin Saldin is the author of the young adult novels The Girls of No Return (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2012), and The Flatliners’ Club (forthcoming from Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster in 2017). Erin has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa and a bartender in New York City, and holds an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in fiction. She is the recipient of a Montana Artist’s Innovator... Read More →
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Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro—and two previous books of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His most recent full-length collection, When We Were Birds, was... Read More →

Friday September 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Boone and Crockett Club 250 Station Dr, Missoula, MT 59801

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