Russell Rowland was born in Bozeman, Montana, and raised in Billings. He has published five novels (In Open Spaces, The Watershed Years, High and Inside, Arbuckle, and Cold Country), an anthology of writers from the West (West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West), and a non-fiction narrative (Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey).
He has an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He lives in Billings, where he teaches online workshops and works one-on-one with other writers. Russell also hosts a radio show, 56 Counties, on Yellowstone Public Radio. You can hear it at ypradio.org/show/56-counties
Charles Finn is the former editor of the literary and fine arts magazine High Desert Journal and author of Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounter and On a Benediction of Wind: Poems and Photographs from the American West, winner of the 2022 Montana Book Award. He is also co-editor of the poetry textbook, The Art of Revising Poetry: 21 U.S. Poets on their Drafts, Craft, and Process. A self-taught woodworker and wood artist, he is the owner of A Room of One’s Own and FINNFURNITURE & ART, where he builds custom micro-cabins, furniture, and wood sculptures using reclaimed lumber and materials. He lives in Havre, MT, with his wife of 19 years, Joyce Mphande-Finn.
Born in Butte, Montana , Aaron Parrett earned a PhD in Comparative Literature in 2001 from The University of Georgia. He is currently Professor of English Literature at the University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana.
His first academic book, The Translunar Narrative in the Western Tradition (Ashgate, 2004) examined the dream of traveling to the Moon in literature, culminating in the Apollo Program of the 1960s and early 1970s that achieved the millennia-long vision of leaving Earth. A considerable portion of his academic work deals with science fiction. His other works have focused on his home state of Montana, including Montana: Then and Now (Bangtail, 2014), Literary Butte(History Press, 2015) and Montana Americana Music (Arcadia, 2016), for which prize-winning author Smith Henderson wrote the foreword. He won the Montana Historical Society’s Peoples’ Choice Award for his essay, “Montana’s Worst Natural Disaster,” about the devastating 1964 flood that killed 30 Native American Indians on the Blackfeet Reservation.As a result of his Montana writings, he has been featured on many radio programs and was a featured guest on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown segment on Butte. He serves as president of The Drumlummon Institute, a non-profit whose mission is “to promote and publish art and literature created in Montana and the broader American West.”
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