Sunday, September 27th: Biography. Margot Kahn reads from her book Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith. 2 pm.
Bill Smith saw rodeo as his only ticket to escaping a life in the coal mines. Without money, talent, or a rodeo family to help him along, he went down the road with nothing but “want to” and, over the course of a twenty-year career, became one of the greatest saddle bronc riders of all time. A sporting, historical, cultural tale, Horses That Buck tracks one man’s remarkable story against the background of a rapidly changing American West.
Margot Kahn spent seven years on the ranch and behind the bucking chutes to write Horses.
Margot Kahn’s first book, Horses That Buck, won the High Plains Book Award and was a finalist for the WWA Spur Award and the Zonta Woman Writers Award. Her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in Tablet Magazine, YOU: An Anthology Devoted to the Second Person, Night Lights: Stories and Essays by 22 Northwest Authors, What to Read in the Rain, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Mare Nostrum, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, pindeldyboz.com, Publishers Weekly, and other places. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, she’s the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship, the Walter Rumsey Marvin Award, a CityArtist award from the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, and a grant from 4Culture. She has participated in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Jack Straw Writers Program.
Margot has judged the National Scholastic Writing Awards in New York City and the High Plains Book Awards in Montana. She has worked professionally as a speechwriter, junk mail proofreader, creative writing teacher, manager of Seattle’s Writers in the Schools program, and director of Richard Hugo House’s creative writing programs for teens. She currently teaches creative non-fiction as a writer-in-residence at Franklin High School in Seattle.