Faculty

Camille Dungy

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Camille T. Dungy’s debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade, winner of the Colorado Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019.

Dungy’s other poetry collections are Smith Blue, finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award; Suck on the Marrow, winner of the American Book Award; and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, finalist for PEN the Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology, and served as assistant editor on Gathering Ground: Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American PoetryBest American Travel Writing100 Best African American Poems, nearly 30 other anthologies, plus dozens of print and online venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Guernica, and Poets.org.

Other honors include two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, two NAACP Image Award nominations, two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations, fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and fellowships from the NEA in both poetry and prose. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University.


Sean Hill

sean for webSean Hill is the author of two poetry collections, Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, named one of the Ten Books All Georgians Should Read in 2015 by the Georgia Center for the Book. He’s received numerous awards including fellowships from Cave Canem, the Region 2 Arts Council, the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hill’s poems and essays have appeared in Callaloo, Harvard ReviewNew England Review, Orion, Oxford American, Poetry, Tin House, and numerous other journals, and in over a dozen anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles.

He has served as the director of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University since 2012, and is a consulting editor at Broadsided Press. He has taught at several universities, including at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks and Georgia Southern University as an Assistant Professor. Hill lives in Montana where he is the Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana.


J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew LanhamJ. Drew Lanham is a Clemson University Master Teacher, Alumni Distinguished Professor, and Provost’s Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. A faculty member since 1995, Drew is an internationally respected conservation and cultural ornithologist. He is a past board member of several organizations including the National Audubon Society, Aldo Leopold Foundation, the American Birding Association, and BirdNote. He is also the former chairperson of the advisory board for Audubon South Carolina and was a twelve-year member of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation.

Drew is a widely published author and poet focusing on a passion for place and the personal and societal conflicts that sometimes put conservation and culture at odds. Drew was named the poet laureate for his home place county of Edgefield, South Carolina in 2018 and is the author of Sparrow Envy- Poems.

His award-winning book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature exemplifies his passion to define environmental sustainability and conservation in new ways by bridging the gaps between advocacy, education, inspiration, and conservation.

His essay, “Forever Gone,” a lyrical treatise on extinction, was chosen as a Best American Essay of 2018. A contributing author to numerous periodicals and anthologies, he has been summer faculty at the Bread Loaf Environmental Writing Workshop and the Writing in the Ruins Workshop. As a Black American, he’s intrigued with how ethnic prisms bend perceptions of nature and its care.


Beth Piatote

elk-river-beth-piatote-214-250Beth Piatote is a writer of fiction, poetry, essays, plays, and scholarly works. Her 2019 mixed-genre collection, The Beadworkers: Stories (Counterpoint), was longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and shortlisted for the California Independent Booksellers “Golden Poppy” Award for Fiction. Her play, Antíkoni, was selected for the 2020 Festival of New Plays by Native Voices at the Autry, and she is currently part of the Indigenous Writers Collaborative at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

She is Nez Perce, enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, and a founding member of luk’upsíimey/North Star Collective, a group of Nez Perce writers and language activists. Her current projects include a book of poems and a novel.


Laura Pritchett

laura websiteLaura Pritchett is an American author whose work is rooted in the natural world. She began her writing journey with the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour, which garnered numerous literary awards, including the High Plains Book Award and the WILLA.

Laura’s work has appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, The Sun, Orion, Pinch, High Desert Journal, Lit Hub, Publisher’s Weekly, The Normal School, Writers on the Range, OnEarth, Brain, Teen, and many others. She has been recognized by several organizations for environmental stewardship. She holds a PhD from Purdue University and teaches at various writing conferences around the country. When not writing or teaching, she can generally be found outside in Colorado’s mountains.


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Featured Guests & Staff

Keynote – Jack Gladstone

Jack Gladstone is “Montana’s Troubadour.” An enrolled citizen of the Blackfeet Nation, Jack illustrates American Indian culture through a mosaic of music, lyric poetry, and spoken word narrative.

A former college instructor, Jack in 1985 co-­founded Glacier National Park’s renowned lecture series, “Native America Speaks.” This programis the longest continuously running indigenous speaker series in National Park Service history. He has released fifteen critically acclaimed CDs, with his latest release, “Native Anthropology,” garnering the prestigious Best Historical Recording from the Native American Music Association.

In the spring of 2013, Jack became the first Montanan to receive the C.M. Russell Heritage Award, given to honor his contribution to the “legacy, culture, and life of the American West.” That same year, Jack was inducted into the University of Washington Alumni Hall of Fame in the field of Speech Communications. He is also the 2022 recipient of the Robin W. Winks Award for “communicating the values of the National Park System through the arts.”

In 2014, Jack Gladstone and Friends were featured on Montana PBS, 11th and Grant with Eric Funk, sharing an Emmy for Arts and Entertainment. In early 2015, Jack was honored by the State of Montana with a Governor’s Humanities Award. In October 2016, he garnered the prestigious Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award from the First People’s Fund, and in December 2016, the Governor’s Art Award.


Director – CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie FuhrmanCMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices: Indigenous Poetry, Craft, and Conversations (Tupelo 2019). She has forthcoming or published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals including Emergence Magazine, Platform Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Poetry Northwest, as well as several anthologies. CMarie is a regular columnist for the Inlander, translations editor for Broadsided Press, and nonfiction editor for High Desert Journal and Upstreet. She is the Director of Poetry and is on the Nature Writing faculty at Western Colorado University. She is the 2021-2023 Idaho Writer in Residence, and resides in the mountains of west-central Idaho.


Marc Beaudin

BeaudinMarc_photo by Lisa BeaudinWorkshop staffer Marc Beaudin is a former Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation artist-in-residence, a poet, theatre artist and co-owner of Elk River Books in Livingston, Montana. He is the author of Life List: Poems (named a 2020 Honor Book Winner by the Montana Book Award), the hitchhiking memoir, Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, and the forthcoming album From Coltrane to Coal Train: An Eco-Jazz Suite. His work has appeared in numerous journals, and has been widely anthologized in publications dedicated to environmental and social justice. A frequent performer of poetry and spoken word, Beaudin has worked and recorded with a variety of musicians at venues across the country, including Billy Conway and Dana Colley (of Morphine), Bill Payne (of Little Feat), The Northwoods Improvisers and the Big Sky Jazz Trio. Despite all available evidence, he believes the Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D is more powerful than all the guns, smokestacks and coal trains in the world.


Scott Carrier

Scott resizedScott Carrier is an independent writer/radio producer who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. His work is nonfiction, documentary, personal essays covering America as a civilization in decline: wars, refugees, the cultural divide, environmental extinctions and disasters. Sometimes he writes about sports and food and music. His radio stories have been broadcast by This American Life and The New Yorker Radio Hour. His print stories and photographs have been published by Harper’s, Esquire, Mother Jones, and The Rolling Stone magazines. He’s published two books, both collections of essays. He has a podcast, Home of the Brave, but it’s currently not in production due to the pandemic and the uncertain state of affairs in the world. Carrier is now working on building a house in the desert of southern Utah.


Mary Clare

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For 35 years, social scientist and author Mary Clare, Ph.D. has been a professor, scholar and consultant. A Fellow in the American Psychological Association, Dr. Clare has contributed over 100 articles to research literature. She is also a published poet, and has written three nonfiction books including 100 Voices – Americans Talk about Change (2011) and most recently Full Ecology – Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World (with Gary Ferguson).


Gary Ferguson

Gary FergusonGary Ferguson is the author of 26 books on science and nature, including Eight Master Lessons of Nature, which was called one of the best nature books of 2019 by the Chicago Review of Books. His 2014 memoir, The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness was chosen as Nature Book of the Year by the prestigious Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. His 2003 book, Hawk’s Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, won both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Nonfiction. Decade of the Wolf was chosen as the Montana Book of the Year, while The Great Divide was an Audubon Magazine Editor’s Choice.


Jesse Logan

Jesse LoganJesse Logan has a Ph.D. in ecology and is an internationally recognized authority on whitebark pine and the ecosystem supported by this keystone species. He was on the faculty of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, and he was a tenured associate professor at Virginia Tech in the forestry and entomology departments. He worked as a research entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station. Since retiring in 2006, Logan has continued research and advocacy for high-elevation ecosystems of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide, a Leave No Trace instructor, and a Certified Yellowstone Association Naturalist. In the summers, he works as a contract instructor for Yellowstone Forever, and during the winters he works as a backcountry ski guide working out of Cooke City for Yellowstone Ski Tours and Beartooth Powder Guides.


Andrea Peacock

Andrea PRAs a journalist, workshop staffer Andrea Peacock has covered Montana politics and Western environmental news for alternative newsweeklies across the West, as well as Mother Jones, Amicus Journal, Counterpunch and High Country News. A former editor of the Missoula Independent, she received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship for her work on a project about the ways oil and gas development affects communities in the West. She is the author of Libby, Montana: Asbestos and the Deadly Silence of an American Corporation (finalist for the Mountains & Plains Bookseller Reading the West 2004 award in nonfiction) and the co-author of The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears (winner of Foreword Magazine’s 2006 Gold Award for Nature Book of the Year), with her husband Doug. She is the co-owner of Elk River Books in Livingston, Montana, and treasurer/co-founder of Elk River Arts & Lectures.


Doug Peacock

Doug PeacockDoug Peacock is the author of Grizzly Years, ¡Baja!, Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness, and co-author of The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears. A Vietnam veteran and former Green Beret medic, Peacock has published widely on wilderness issues ranging from grizzly bears to buffalo, from the Sonoran desert to the fjords of British Columbia, from the tigers of Siberia to the blue sheep of Nepal. A friend of the late author Edward Abbey, Peacock was the model for Abbey’s infamous character, George Washington Hayduke. He was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2011 Lannan Fellow for his work on his latest book, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: Global Warming, the Origins of the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene, for which he received a High Plains Book Award. He was the co-founder of Round River Conservation Studies and Save the Yellowstone Grizzly.


Pamela Uschuk

pam-uschuk-214-250Political activist and wilderness advocate Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love (winner of a 2010 American Book Award), Finding Peaches In The Desert (Tucson/Pima Literature Award), and Blood Flower (one of Book List’s 2015 Notable Books). She recently finished work on a multi-genre book called Of Thunderlight And Moon: An Odyssey Through Ovarian Cancer. Her collection, Refugee, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.

Translated into more than a dozen languages, her work has appeared in over 300 journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni Review, and Parnassus Review.

Among her awards are the War Poetry Prize from winningwriters.com, New Millenium Poetry Prize, Best of the Web, the Struga International Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the King’s English Poetry Prize and prizes from Ascent, Iris, and Amnesty International.

Editor-in-chief of Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts, Uschuk edited the anthology, Truth To Power:  Writers Respond To The Rhetoric Of Hate And Fear, and the Contemporary Chicanx Writers Anthology. She teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and has taught poetry to public school students on Native nations in Montana and Arizona as well as in undergraduate and graduate programs at Salem College, Pacific Lutheran University, Prague Summer Programs, Marist College, Fort Lewis College, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she held the John C. Hodges Visiting Writer Chair.  In 2018, Pam was named a Black Earth Institute Fellow.


Elliott Woods

Elliott Woods HeadshotElliott Woods is an award-winning journalist, photographer and multimedia producer. In 2004, he served as an Army combat engineer in northern Iraq before returning home and attending the University of Virginia. After graduating, Elliott decided to go back to war, this time as a journalist. Woods covered the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in 2009, the American withdrawal from Iraq, the Arab Spring and counterinsurgency fighting in Afghanistan. Back in the United States, Elliott has continued to cover veterans’ issues and the increasingly violent overtones of American politics and culture. He is a contributing editor to VQR and a correspondent at Outside, and his work has also appeared in WiredThe New RepublicThe New York TimesBloomberg Businessweek and The Best American Travel Writing. He is a former Knight-Wallace journalism fellow and is the recipient of a National Magazine Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and a Chairman’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lives in Montana.