Saturday, April 4th: Poetry. Philip Schaefer and Jeff Whitney read from their new chapbook Smoke Tones with Melissa Mylchreest, author of Waking the Bones. 7 pm.
Melissa Mylchreest writes poetry and nonfiction in Missoula, Montana. She is the author of the chapbook Reckon, and the full-length poetry collection, Waking the Bones, released in 2014 from Bear Star Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in many venues, including High Country News, Big Sky Journal, Crab Orchard Review, American Cowboy, Camas, High Desert Journal, Ranch & Reata, Talking River Review, Parallax, and others. She is the winner of the 2014 Dorothy Brunsman Prize, the 2011 and 2012 Obsidian Prizes, the 2011 Merriam-Frontier Award, the 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and is a two-time Pushcart nominee. She holds both a MS and MFA from the University of Montana, and has worked as a professor, freelance writer, and in the nonprofit sector. She likes cooking, making useable art, getting her hands dirty, and spending as much time as possible outdoors with her two-legged and four-legged friends.
Jeff Whitney is a graduate of the University of Montana and the author of three chapbooks including The Tree With Lights In It (Thrush Press, 2015). Along with Philip Schaefer, he co-authored Smoke Tones (Phantom Limb Press) and Radio Silence, winner of the 2014 Black River Chapbook competition from Black Lawrence Press. He lives in Portland, where he teaches English.
Philip Schaefer is the author of two collaborative chapbooks with the poet Jeff Whitney. Smoke Tones is forthcoming from Phantom Limb(2015), and Radio Silence was selected by Black Lawrence Press as the Fall 2014 Black River Competition winner (2016). His poems are out or forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, Sonora Review, Fourteen Hills, H_NGM_N, alice blue, RHINO, Columbia Poetry Review, Spork, BOAAT, and Whiskey Island among others. He lives in Missoula with his wife and dog where he received his MFA from the University of Montana.