Rick Bass

Rick Bass is a native Texan and the son of a petroleum geologist who moved to the remote Yaak Valley of Montana in 1987, where he has written more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction.

Rick’s work has received O. Henry Awards, Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers, and a PEN/Nelson Algren Special Citation, among others. He’s been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He has had numerous stories anthologized in Best American Short Stories: The Year’s Best. The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons At Home in Montana, a book about fathering daughters in the wilderness, was excerpted in O, The Oprah Magazine. His nonfiction has been anthologized in Best American Spiritual Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Science Writing.

Various of his books have been named by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times as Notable Books of the Year, and The Ninemile Wolves was a New York Times Best Book of the Year. The Los Angeles Times named The Hermit’s Story a Best Book of the Year, and another collection, The Lives of Rocks, was a finalist for the prestigious Story Prize, as well as a Best Book of the Year by the Rocky Mountain News. Why I Came West was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the recipient of a 2011 Montana Arts Council Artist’s Innovation Award.

His stories, articles and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Narrative, Men’s Journal, Esquire, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Harper’s, Tin House, Zoetrope, and Orion, among many others. He has served as a contributing editor to Audubon, OnEarth, Field & Stream, Big Sky Journal, and Sports Afield. He wrote a regular column for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, as well as for an online hunting magazine, Contemporary Sportsman.

Rick is a founding board member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Save the Yellowstone Grizzly, and he worked for many years with Round River Conservation Studies.

Linda Hogan

A Chickasaw novelist, essayist, and environmentalist, Linda Hogan was born in Denver, Colorado. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and an MA in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Hogan is the author of the poetry collections Calling Myself Home (1978); Daughters, I Love You (1981); Eclipse (1983); Seeing Through the Sun (1985), which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; Savings (1988), The Book of Medicines (1993), a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; and Rounding the Human Corners (2008). Intimately connected to her political and spiritual concerns, Hogan’s poetry deals with issues such as the environment and eco-feminism, the relocation of Native Americans, and historical narratives, including oral histories. William Kittredge, in his introduction to Hogan’s Rounding the Human Corners, noted, “Poets like Linda, through their language, open for us a doorway into their specific resonating dream of the electric universe.”

Hogan’s collections of prose also reflect her interests in the environment and Native American culture. Her books include the essay collection Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World (1995), The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir (2001), and, with Brenda Peterson, Sighting: The Gray Whales’ Mysterious Journey (2002). Together with Brenda Peterson, she also edited the anthology The Sweet Breathing of Plants: Women and the Green World (2001). She’s been a Pulitzer finalist, and the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation for her fiction, Hogan’s novels include Mean Spirit (1990), Solar Storms (1995), Power (1998), and People of the Whale: A Novel (2008). Her latest collection of poetry, A History of Kindness, will be published this spring.

Active as an educator and speaker, Hogan taught at the University of Colorado and at the Indigenous Education Institute. She has been a speaker at the United Nations Forum and was a plenary speaker at the Environmental Literature Conference in Turkey in 2009.

Hogan’s awards include a 2016 Thoreau Prize from PEN, a Native Arts and Culture Award, a Lannan Literary Award, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas.

J. Drew Lanham

J. 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” (Hub City Press, 2019).

His award-winning book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (Milkweed Editions, 2016) 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 (2019, 2020) and the Writing in the Ruins Workshop (2012). As a Black American, he’s intrigued with how ethnic prisms bend perceptions of nature and its care.

An avid bird noticer and hunter, Drew lives with his wife, Janice Garrison Lanham, in Seneca, South Carolina.

Pamela Uschuk

Political activist and wilderness advocate, Pam Uschuk has written six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of an American Book Award, Finding Peaches In The Desert, recipient of the Tucson/Pima Literature Award, and Blood Flower, one of Book List’s 2015 Notable Books. Her collection, Refugee, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.

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

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.

The Editor-In-Chief of Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts, Uschuk lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, first Tucson Poet Laureate, William Pitt Root. She edited the anthology, Truth To Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric Of Hate And Fear, published in 2017. Other editing projects include the in-progress Contemporary Chicanx Writers Anthology, co-sponsored by Cutthroat and The Black Earth Institute.

Uschuk teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She 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, Uschuk was named a Black Earth Institute Fellow and was guest editor for About Place Journal ’s Spring 2019 Issue: Dignity as an Endangered Species in the 21st Century. She’s recently finished work on a multi-genre book called Of Thunderlight And Moon: An Odyssey Through Ovarian Cancer.

William Pitt Root

Maybe it was being born in a blizzard then raised between the Everglades and the Gulf that did it, and maybe not, but William Pitt Root’s works from New Yorker, Nation, Atlantic and his many collections do reflect a life of extremes both within academia and beyond. While he’s taught at the University of Montana, Hunter College, NYU, Amherst and served in Distinguished Writer-in-Residence positions all over the country. he’s also been a Poet-in-the-Schools for the Navajo and Hopi, Crow and Northern Cheyenne nations and even farther from the Ivy Towers he’s worked intermittently in factories, a shipyard, a copper mine half a mile underground, and as a Teamster, a bouncer, and dishwasher. His work has been included in hundreds of anthologies and literary magazines, and has been translated into 20 languages, broadcast over both BBC and Voice of America, and funded by the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the US/UK Exchange Artists program, and by a Stegner grant from Stanford University.

After the fateful Soviet incursion into Afghanistan, the Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky wrote of Root’s long, prize-winning poem, The Unbroken Diamond: Nightletter to the Mujahadeen, “You are the only American poet I know of with enough heart to address this subject. And while your lines may not much help those poor people, they surely redeem this nation.”.

Featured Guests

CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate, 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo, 2019). She has published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals including High Desert Journal, Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Broadsided Press, Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, as well as several anthologies. CMarie is the 2019 recipient of the Grace Paley Fellowship at Under the Volcano in Tepotzlán, Mexico, a 2019 graduate of the University of Idaho’s MFA program, regular columnist for the Inlander, and an editorial team member for Broadsided Press and Transmotion. She resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho.



Adrian L. Jawort

Adrian L. Jawort is a Northern Cheyenne Two Spirit freelance journalist and writer based in Billings, Montana. They are editor and a contributor to the Off the Path Vol. I & II anthologies featuring up and coming American Indian and indigenous fiction writers from North American, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia via Off the Pass Press, which aims to find beauty in indigenous literature. She is also author of the dark fantasy novel, Moonrise Falling: A Modern Gothic Tale, and has a collection of short stories and novellas in progress.



Sterling HolyWhiteMountain

Sterling HolyWhiteMountainSterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. He holds a BA in English creative writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa. A Stegner Fellow, he was also a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His work has appeared in volumes 1 and 2 of Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century American Indian and Indigenous Writers, Montana Quarterly, ESPN.com., The Yellow Medicine Review and The Atlantic. He is currently completing a story collection.



Gary Ferguson

Gary 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.



Doug Peacock

Doug 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.

Cathy Whitlock

Cathy Whitlock is a Regents Professor in Earth Sciences at Montana State University and a Fellow of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. She was the lead author of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment and is internationally recognized for her scholarly contributions and leadership activities in the field of past climatic and environmental change. She has published more than 200 scientific papers on the ecological history of Yellowstone and similar regions around the world. A Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in 2018 she became the first person from a Montana university to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Jesse Logan

Jesse 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.

Tom James

Tom James is an archaeologist based out of Gardiner, Montana. After working in the Southeastern US, Northeast Africa, and Southern California, he turned his focus to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Tom’s primary research interest is in environmental archaeology based on a long-time fascination with how humans interact with, adapt to, and change the natural environment around them.