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Friday, September 23 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Yellowstone

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Five editors and writers of the forthcoming book of the same title will discuss the dynamics of compiling an anthology centered around an environmental and social issue, specifically mining and other non-sustainable development efforts in Paradise Valley and the Absaroka Range, just north of Yellowstone National Park. Topics will include: the strategy of responding to an evolving and complex issue as both editors and writers; the writer's place in working for positive social and ecological progress; and the personal, social, artistic, economic and environmental value of Montana's wild spaces. 

The book, Unearthing Paradise, is an effort to raise awareness and activism regarding the need to protect wild lands of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem from extractive and destructive threats. Profits will be used to assist environmental organizations in their efforts to protect these lands. The project grew out of local efforts in Park County to stop two gold mining proposals at the northern gateway to Yellowstone, and includes poetry, essay and fiction by 30 Montana writers including Rick Bass, Tami Haaland and the late Jim Harrison. The book's editors are Marc Beaudin, Seabring Davis and Max Hjortsberg. Terry Tempest Williams provides the foreword.

A free preview sampler chapbook will be available at the discussion, as well as information for pre-ordering the book, to be released later this fall. 

Speakers
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Marc Beaudin

Marc Beaudin is the author of Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, The Moon Cracks Open: A Field Guide to the Birds and Other Poems and the play Frankenstein, Inc. He was the editor of the anti-war anthology Jidad bil Qalam: To Strive by Means of the Pen. His work has been seen in numerous journals and is included in the Bangtail Press anthology of Montana writers, An Elk River Books Reader... Read More →
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Seabring Davis

Award-winning journalist Seabring Davis (editor/contributor) is the former editor-in-chief of Big Sky Journal and editor emeritus of Western Art & Architecture. Her work has been published in Mountain Living, True West Magazine, Via, Postcards, Montana Quarterly. She is a blogger for www.TheLastBestPlates.com and the author of five lifestyle books, including, the High Plains Book Award Culinary winner, A Taste of Montana, as well as A Montana... Read More →
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Amanda Fortini

Amanda Fortini has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the New Republic, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Wired, Slate and Salon, among other publications. She is currently a contributing editor at Elle Magazine, and has been the William Kittredge Visiting Professor at the University of Montana. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including Best American Political Writing and Best of Slate... Read More →
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Max Hjortsberg

Max Hjortsberg is a poet and grassroots conservationist residing in Livingston, MT with his family. He has called Montana home for most of his life, living and working with his feet in the water and his head in the clouds. He is the author of the chapbook, Bonnie & Clyde (An American Daydream). His poems have appeared in the collections Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics, and An Elk River Books Reader, as well as in Talking... Read More →
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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 →



Friday September 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Dana Gallery - Main 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

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