Writers' Fall Opus (the annual creative writing program fundraiser for scholarships, visiting writers and literary journals) is Friday, September 19, 6:30 - 10 p.m., Governor's Room of the Florence Building, 111 N. Higgins Avenue, downtown Missoula. Enjoy fine food and beverages, the company of friends and writers, and an auction. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $40 single or $75 couple and can be purchased at the door. Writers' Fall Opus is sponsored by Kevin Head.
Some featured auction and raffle items: Wine Basket; Blue Topaz & Diamond Earrings; Dinner for 8 Prepared by the Missoula College Culinary School; Fat Tire Bicycle; Donrovan Ranch Trail Ride for 2; Guided Fly-fishing Raft Trip; Leaf Raking; ATF Private Shooting Lesson; Harley Heddick Buffalo Photo; Bourbon Tasting Party, and Two Nights at the Stage Road Inn B & B.
Megan Kruse's (MFA 2010) Call Me home has been described by Kevin Canty as "an urgent, beautiful book about love and its consequences, set against a backdrop of the unglamorized West. These characters will lodge themselves in your imagination, stick with you long after you’re done reading. A fine and original first novel."
Sharma Shields' (MFA 2004) new novel, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac (Holt, 2015), is a dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth.
Daniel Shapiro's (MFA 1980) The Red Handkerchief and Other Poems will be published in Fall 2014 by Dos Madres Press. He is also the author of the collection Child with a Swan's Wings (Diaz Grey Editores, 2013) and the translator of Cipango, by Chilean poet Tomas Harris (2010); Cipango received a starred review in Library Journal and was also praised in The American Poetry Review, Translation, and World Literature Today. Shapiro has been awarded translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN. He is Director of Literature and Editor of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas at the Americas Society in New York.
Melissa Mylchreest's (MFA 2012) new poetry collection, Walking the Bones, winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, has been released by Bear Star Press.
Yesterday, the cranes gathered
the evening beneath their wings
and rode over the valley,
the string of them like the body
of a snake, their going an old
and holy thing. --from "Almanac”
Scott Alexander Jones (MFA 2009) has two books of poetry coming out this summer: elsewhere (Black Lawrence Press) and Carpe Demons (Unsolicited Press). You can read an excerpt from Carpe Demons in DIAGRAM.
Brian Kevin (MFA 2009) is traveling the country reading from his new book, The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America (Broadway Books).
Rachel Toor's (MFA 2006) young adult novel On the Road to Find Out (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) combines three of Toor's topics of expertise from previous books: the college entrance process, a love of animals and running. Toor introduces Alice, a high school senior who has been rejected from the college of her dreams, the only school where she applied. Alice, who gets tired of complaining to her pet rat Walter, takes up running and experiences challenges that help her learn to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined. On the Road to Find Out has been praised by Kirkus Reviews as "warm, funny and wise."
Sarah Hulse (B.A. 2006) who publishes under the name S.M. Hulse, finished her first novel, Black River, during her year as the McCreight Fiction Fellow. Hulse has signed a two-book contract with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who will publish Black River in January 2015.
Megan Gannon 's (MFA 2002) debut novel, Cumberland, was released by Apprentice House in February. Here's the storyline... in the fictional coastal town of Cumberland, Georgia, fifteen-year-old twin sisters Ansel and Isabel Mackenzie have lived with their eccentric grandmother since a car accident killed their parents and paralyzed Isabel. Over the past seven years the responsibility of caring for her sister has fallen increasingly on Ansel. However, as she cultivates a romantic relationship with a local boy, as well as an artistic apprenticeship with a visiting photographer, Ansel’s growing desire for independence compromises her ability to care for her sister, threatening their sororal connection, and ultimately, Isabel’s life.