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Mythic Beasts & Monsters #17 Released

Whitefish Review Releases Issue #17,
Mythic Beasts & Monsters
Stephen R. Bissette, the legend of modern horror comics, political cartoonist Jeff Danziger, plus 40 writers, artists and photographers

Whitefish, Mont. (May 15, 2015)— Whitefish Review will host author Jack Turner and poet Lowell Jaeger on May 29 in honor of the release of their 17thissue, “Mythic Beasts and Monsters.” The literary event is hosted at the lakeside tent pavilion at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake from 7-10 pm.

Special guest Jack Turner, author of The Abstract Wild, along with poet Lowell Jaeger, will read from new work. Doors open at 7 pm with live music. Readings start at 8 pm and will also feature emerging local writer Ben Polley.

“In this issue we shine light on how writers and artists view monsters and mythic beasts,” said founding editor Brian Schott. “We are honored to view the submissions from the incredibly talented minds who reach out to us for each issue and hope you enjoy this collection of creative energy and collaboration that shines some light on the various specters of darkness, myth, and wild creatures in this world and in our minds.”

The cover of the new issues features art by Stephen R. Bissette, the legend of modern horror comics who made his name as the artist on “The Saga of the Swamp Thing.” On the back, six young artists from Stumptown Art Studio give their interpretation of a Yeti. A special feature from author and National Geographic correspondent Douglas H. Chadwick showcases the  rare bears of the Gobi desert.

In addition to work from writers, artists and photographers representing 20 states and three countries, Whitefish Review’s founding editor Brian Schott and art editor Adam Blue pulled up a seat with two of our country’s influential artists to talk about monster-making in relationship to our culture. In the conversation, political cartoonist Jeff Danziger and comic artist Stephen R. Bissette discuss a wide range of monster topics, riffing on historically monsterish narratives from Bigfoot, Frankenstein, and Scrooge McDuck, to modern day corporate monsters, technology, and genetically modified food.

The launch event evening is sponsored in part by The Whitefish Community Foundation and Glacier Bank. For more information, visit www.whitefishreview.org or call 261-6190.

The Geography of Hope #16 Released

Whitefish Review Releases Issue #16,
The Geography of Hope

Dec. 13 Launch Event Features Author and Scientist Cristina Eisenberg

Whitefish, Mont. (Dec. 8, 2014) — Whitefish Review has announced the publication of its 16th issue, “The Geography of Hope.” The 160-page art and literary journal will be released on Saturday, Dec. 13, with a reading by author and scientist Cristina Eisenberg, who served as the lead editor for this issue. The event is hosted at Casey’s in downtown Whitefish. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the reading begins at 8 p.m.

“I continue to be astounded by the depth of the team of editors and readers we have been fortunate to bring together for this creative endeavor,” said founding editor, Brian Schott. “With Cristina leading the vision, 22 editors worked on this issue, reviewing more than 500 submissions to feature gorgeous interpretations of The Geography of Hope. The issue also features a conversation with author William Kittredge, offering perspectives on hope, generosity, prospect, and refuge.”

In 1960, eminent American writer Wallace Stegner sent a letter to the US federal government in which he advocated creating formally protected wilderness, via what would become the 1964 Wilderness Act. In this now famous letter he wrote, “We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.”
Cristina Eisenberg

“This issue of Whitefish Review is a tribute to our American ideas about our need for open landscapes and places where nature-and humans-can run wild,” said Eisenberg. “In addition to celebrating protected wilderness, in this issue we celebrate the wilderness deep within us and the hope we can draw from wild places. With evocative words, powerful images, and even howls and growls, the writers and artists who contributed to this issue celebrate our inner geographies: places we call home, places we love, the landscapes of our dreams that feed our souls.”Cristina Eisenberg

Eisenberg is an ecologist and the Lead Scientist at Earthwatch, USA. In her ecological research, she focuses on wolves and fire in Rocky Mountain ecosystems. She will read from her second book, The Carnivore Way, which was published by Island Press in May 2014.

The cover of the new issue features the painting “Frenzy,” an acrylic on birch panel of a charging deer, its antlers aflame, by Portland, Oregon artist Josh Keyes. Bigfork, Montana artist Lael Gray’s “Birdseye View of the Flathead” is featured on the back cover.

The winner of the Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction is also featured in this issue. Author Carolyn Flynn from Albuquerque, New Mexico was selected from among 150 submissions to the contest as the winner of the $1000 prize for her short story, “Pretend.” Rick Bass said, “‘Pretend’ is built of a confidence of sound, tone, rhythm, and heart.”

Spring Wagon String Band will perform both before and after the featured readings, which will include a slideshow of the art and photography in this issue, as well images from Eisenberg’s carnivore research across the planet. Members of Whitefish High School’s Project Freeflow will also read short student pieces, sharing thoughts on their work in local watersheds and what “The Geography of Hope” means to them.

Whitefish Review is a non-profit journal publishing the literature, art, and photography of mountain culture. As a recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation created for the public good, it is supported by generous donations, grants, and subscriptions.

The evening is sponsored in part by a grant from The Whitefish Community Foundation. A $10 suggested entry donation is requested to help with publication costs of the journal. A 2014-15 season pass at Whitefish Mountain Resort will also be raffled to raise additional funds. Visit www.WhitefishReview.org for more information.

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