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Saturday, September 24 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Men Reading Women: Montana Writers and the Women Authors Who Inspire Them

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The idea for this panel was inspired by the recent controversy surrounding Gay Talese and his difficulty responding to a question about women writers who inspired him. No doubt you know about the frenzy that erupted surrounding Gay’s comments, and for me it got me thinking about women writers who have inspired me, and that got me thinking about women writers who have inspired writers I know and admire. Wouldn’t it be interesting, I thought, to get the top male writers in the West together and have a discussion about the women writers who influenced them?

With that in mind, I reached out to three such writers: Shann Ray, Joe Wilkins, and Russell Rowland; all who have enthusiastically agreed to sit on a panel and talk about the women writers who have influenced their work. Our idea is to have a general discussion about the topic and if time permits each panelist will read a short passage or two from the work of the women who have been inspirational to them.

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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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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 →
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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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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 →

Saturday September 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom A 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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