The MBF 2016 Emerging Writer's Contest
The Montana Book Festival seeks to celebrate poetry, fiction and nonfiction by regional emerging writers.
These three winners will give a reading in Missoula at the Montana Book Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2016.
About the winners
Mary Leauna Christensen is an emerging writer who focuses on the liminal and what it means to reside in various borderlands, and the strangeness that seems to bring. She also enjoys playing with words in a way that makes readers slightly uncomfortable. Needless to say, she is a fan of anything creepy and odd. Mary has lived in Southwest deserts, in kudzo infested Appalachia, and currently lives in the forever wet Pacific Northwest with an overly dramatic cat. She holds a B.A. in English from Western Carolina University and is currently an MFA in Creative Writing candidate at Eastern Washington University. Her work can be found in Cactus Heart Magazine and in Permafrost Magazine. Read Folklore.
Cody T Luff's stories have been published in Cirque, Menda City Review, Swamp Biscuits & Tea, Paper Tape, and others, and he edited a fiction anthology titled Soul’s Road. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and teaches at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Cody grew up in rural Montana and is named after a horse, although his parents deny this. Read Reservations.
Julia Milan grew up in Montana's Bitterroot Valley with her parents, one sister, and an assortment of barnyard animals. Despite bouncing like a maniac around the lower-48 for most of her adult life, she firmly self identifies as a Kid of the West and lives with her dog, Annie Oakley, in Montana or maybe Washington. She studied nonfiction creative writing and wildlife biology at the University of Montana and has been published in TransWorld Snowboarding, Not Your Mother's Meatloaf: a sex-ed comic project, the Missoula Independent, and in an assortment of self-published zines. She is currently working on a field guide of rare and unusual rodents of the Rocky Mountains and a body of post-collapse queer Smut. Read In This Wilderness.