Editor, Charles Finn is the author of Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (OSU Press 2012). His essays and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and consumer magazines, including The Sun, Northern Lights, Wild Earth, Silk Road, Open Spaces, Whitefish Review, High Country News, Writers on the Range, Big Sky Journal, Montana Quarterly, Montana Magazine, Bark! Western Art and Architecture, Christian Science Monitor, Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Fresh Tracks: Writing the Western Landscape, and many others.
Growing up in Waterbury, Vermont, Charles graduated from Syracuse University and went on to teach English as a foreign language for three years in Hiroshima, Japan; hid-out in the woods of British Columbia, Canada, for ten; and in the mid 2000’s spent five years in Montana, much of it living in a 8 x 12 cabin of his own making with no running water or electricity A self-taught woodworker and proponent of “living little” he began, A Room of One’s Own, in Montana, building “microhomes,” one-room wood cabins constructed entirely out of reclaimed lumber and materials he salvaged from taking down old barns and buildings. After stints of living in Bend, OR and Elizabeth, NJ, he now lives in Federal Way, Washington with his wife, Joyce Mphande-Finn, and their two cats, Pushkin and Lutsa.
Nonfiction Editor, Joe Wilkins’ memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers (2012), captures life in the Big Dry, a desolate region in eastern Montana that shapes those who live there and rarely lets them go. He is also the author of the poetry collections Killing the Murnion Dogs (2011), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Notes from the Journey Westward (2012), winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award. His essays, poems, and stories have appeared in many magazines and journals, including The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Harvard Review, Orion, The Sun, The Utne Reader, and Slate.
A National Magazine Award finalist and PEN Center USA Award finalist, he is the recipient of the Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center, which goes to “a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice.” Deborah Kim, editor at the Indiana Review, writes, “The most striking component of [Wilkins' work] is its awareness of ‘the whole world.’ What is ordinary becomes transcendent. In places derelict and seemingly unexceptional, Wilkins compels us to recognize what is worth salvage, worth praise.”
The Mountain and the Fathers was named a 2012 Montana Book Award Honor Book, as well as a 2013 Orion Book Award finalist, and Wilkins’ work has been anthologized in Best American Magazine Writing, Writing Today, New Poets of the American West, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and Best New Poets, and has earned notable mention in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Essays, and multiple issues of the Pushcart Prize anthology. As the winner of the Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency from PEN Northwest, he and his family will spend the summer and fall of 2015 living in a remote cabin along the Rogue River in southwest Oregon.
Wilkins was born and raised in eastern Montana. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a degree in computer engineering, he spent two years teaching ninth grade pre-algebra in the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America. He then went on to earn his MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho. Wilkins now lives with his wife, son, and daughter in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.
Fiction Editor, Laura Pritchett is an American author whose work is rooted in the natural world. Her four novels have garnered numerous national literary awards, including PEN USA Award for Fiction, the High Plains Book Award, the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, and the WILLA Award. She’s published over 200 essays and short stories in magazines (including The New York Times, The Sun, O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, Orion, and others), mostly about environmental issues in the American West. She holds a PhD from Purdue University and teaches around the country. She is also known for her environmental stewardship, particularly in regard to land preservation and river health.
Laura's latest novel The Blue Hour is now out from Counterpoint, and her nonfiction, Making Friends with Death, Kind Of (Viva Editions). More at www.laurapritchett.com
From 2011 – 2013 Poetry Editor, Sheryl Noethe served as Montana’s Poet Laureate. Born and raised in Minnesota, Sheryl attended a high-school alternative program, Urban Arts, which allowed her to learn to write poetry. After winning the The American Academy of Poets Award and a McKnight Fellowship, she published her first collection of poetry, The Descent of Heaven Over the Lake (New Rivers Press, 1984).
Now living at the foot of Mt. Jumbo in Missoula, Montana, Sheryl is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Montana Arts Council Fellowship, the CutBank Hugo Prize in Poetry, and the Emerging Voices Award from New Rivers Press. She has also received an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize. Her second poetry collection, The Ghost Openings (Grace Court Press, 2000), was awarded the Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Award and the William Stafford Poetry Prize. Her most recent collection, As Is, was published by Lost Horse Press in 2009.
She has also co-written and published Poetry Everywhere: Teaching Poetry Writing in School and in the Community (now in its third edition), which contains 65 writing exercises and more than 400 example poems. It also discusses how to integrate poetry writing into the English class and essential topics such as sound and rhythm, traditional poetic forms, inventing and adapting exercises, revision, and publishing.
Katie Higinbotham is serving as assistant nonfiction editor. She is a senior creative writing major at Linfield College, with minors in music and English literature. A lifelong Oregon resident, she grew up documenting and writing about the threatened wildlife for East Thornton Lake Natural Area in her hometown. At Linfield, she has worked as an associate editor and been published each year in Camas, a student-run journal of art and literature. During fall 2015, Katie spent a semester studying British literature and film at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. She also holds leadership in the international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, and will be a peer instructor for Linfield’s Fiction course. After graduating from Linfield, she intends to pursue an MFA in creative writing.