Sam Burris, originally from Oklahoma, came to Missoula from Seattle in August of 2017. With a decade in customer service and three years of event planning at Matt’s at Pike's Place Market in Seattle, she is confident in her abilities to transfer personal and organizational skills to a festival director position for the Montana Book Festival. Sam’s education, experience self-producing theater and involvement in the Seattle art scene has built a solid foundation to grow into Missoula’s culture. She looks forward to transferring her knowledge, dedication and passion for the arts from Seattle to Montana.
Tess Fahlgren was a bookseller at Fact and Fiction for two years, where she learned about the Missoula writing community and connected with readers and writers at the store, the Beargrass Writing Retreat and The Montana Book Festival. She is a founding co-editor of Brine the Zine, a winner of the Big Snowy Prize from The Montana Quarterly, and once writer-in-residence at The Mining City Writing Project. Halfway through planning the 2018 festival, Tess moved to Minneapolis where she currently lives, pursuing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Minnesota.