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Whitefish Review Releases Fire Issue #15

Whitefish Review Hosts Author Gary Ferguson on June 6 for Release of Fire Issue #15 

Whitefish, Mont. (May 20, 2014) — Author Gary Ferguson will help light a literary fire on Friday, June 6 at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake for the launch of Whitefish Review’s ‘Fire’ issue #15. The gathering at the Lakeshore Tent Pavilion begins at 7 p.m. and the reading begins at 8 p.m.

“24 editors and readers on our growing team reviewed more than 300 photos and art submissions, 250 stories, 150 poems, and distilled it down to the 43 contributors in this fire-themed issue,” said founding editor, Brian Schott. “Fire, if anything is unpredictable—and we have a lot of surprising work to share.”

“Whitefish Review should have applied for a fire permit,” said Tom Kennelly, Fire Chief in Whitefish, Montana. “I hear that this new issue is that hot.”

The cover features the painting “Before,” an acrylic on panel of an unstruck match by Portland, Oregon artist Sarah Fagan. Photographer Steven Gnam’s photo “Charred” is featured on the back cover, a detail shot of a burned tree on Demers Ridge in the North Fork of the Flathead River Valley.

The literary collection features an original essay by Ferguson, as well as a conversation with author Bill McKibben discussing a warming planet. In addition to a variety of authors at the top of their careers, the issue also introduces two first-time writers, 15-year old Rachel Litchman, currently a freshman at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, and 58-year old Betty Kijewski, a photographer and master volunteer for Resource Management in Glacier National Park.

Beyond the 15 contributors from Montana, other artists and authors hail from Alabama, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

The 16-page art and photo section was guest edited by Michele Carlson, an artist, writer and educator who teaches at California College of the Arts, in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the managing editor of Hyphen magazine and a member of the curatorial committee at Southern Exposure.

The evening will begin with music by members of the Tropical Montana Marimba Ensemble and Tra La Gael, including author/musician Tom Harpole who has an essay featured in this issue. A photo from the new issue by Whitefish photographer Chance Ling will also come to life. Logan Zerr will spin fire in a traditional poi dance along the lake shore. As a performance art, poi involves swinging flaming tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns. Prior to the featured reading, Betty Kijewski will share her first published essay with the audience.

Gary Ferguson will read from his forthcoming memoir “The Carry Home” due to be published in November by Counterpoint Press. It is both a moving celebration of the outdoor life shared between Ferguson and his wife, Jane, who died in a canoeing accident in 2005, and a chronicle of the mending, uplifting power of nature.

Ferguson is the author of 22 books on nature, science, and history. A member of the National Geographic Lecture Series, Ferguson has given keynote presentations and workshops across the nation. “Hawks Rest” (National Geographic, 2003), became the first book to win nonfiction book of the year from both the Pacific Northwest and Mountains and Plains booksellers associations and “Decade of the Wolf” (Lyons Press, 2005) was selected as the Montana Book of the Year.

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 by The Whitefish Community Foundation, Jest Gallery, Whitefish Mountain Resort, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, and the donors of Whitefish Review. A $10 suggested entry donation is requested to help offset costs of the evening. A 2014-15 season pass at Whitefish Mountain Resort will also be raffled to raise additional funds.

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Hunger Issue #14 Released

Whitefish Review Hosts Author Tim Cahill for Release of #14, The Hunger Issue 

Dec. 14 Release Party Features Young Author Paired with the Pros

Whitefish, Mont. (Dec. 7, 2013) — Author Tim Cahill will kick off the launch of issue #14 for the literary journal, Whitefish Review on Saturday, Dec. 14, reading at Casey’s in downtown Whitefish. Cahill is a Livingston, Montana writer who was a founding editor of Outside magazine, an early editor of Rolling Stone, and has published nine books. He was also the co-writer of three IMAX films, two of which were nominated for Academy Awards.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with live music by David Noftsinger. Readings start at 7:30 p.m. introducing young author Kate Ehrenberg, followed by authors Charles Finn and David Allan Cates, with featured author Cahill completing the live literary presentations.

Whitefish Review is a reliable beacon of literacy and proves that the brightest lights often shine in the most unexpected places,” says author Tom McGuane.

The creative exploration into the theme of hunger and how artists and writers interpret it was led by fiction editor Matt Holloway and guest art editor Michael Haykin. #14 features 38 artists, writers and photographers, weaving a narrative through 6 poems, 14 stories, and 18 pieces of art and photography. A short essay by each artist and photographer brings readers deeper into their creative minds.

The cover of the 160-page journal features “Just One More Little Bite,” a rakued clay piece by Whitefish-area artist Stephen Braun that explores the concept of hunger for resources and the idea that just one more little bite will do no harm. A man whose business jacket and pants are covered in the icons of industry and consumption stretches his neck to take one more little bite from planet earth, which is floating above him.

The back cover features a quilt made from heat-sealed potato chip bags by Brooklyn artist Matthew Paulson. “Emergency Quilts” functions similar to first-aid emergency wraps, with integrated patterns on both sides designed to cloak victims and heroes alike.

#14 also features an interview with Cahill and a humorous conversation with authors David Allan Cates and Pete Fromm, as they discuss the life of the hungry writer. The journal also showcases original fiction by both writers.

Cates is the author of four novels, winner of a Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the 2013 Independent Book Publishers Book Awards, and a winner of the 2010 Montana Arts Council’s Artist Innovation Award in prose. Fromm is a four-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award, the author of five short story collections, three novels, and a memoir. In 2013 the film of his novel, As Cool as I Am, was released, starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, and Sarah Bolger.

Whitefish Review editors selected fiction by first-time author Kate Ehernberg, who will read from her work at the release party. Ehrenberg is a sophomore at Whitefish High School.

“We take a lot of pride in discovering new artistic talent and showcasing it next to established authors,” said founding editor Brian Schott. “It’s one of the primary missions of Whitefish Review and makes these release parties especially gratifying.”

For the first time since its inception in 2007, Whitefish Review is partnering with Thomas Printing of Kalispell, Montana to print the journal. Thomas Printing was established in 1962, recycles over 300 tons of paper each year, and uses environment-friendly chemicals in the printing process.

“We’ve always had ambitions on a global scale. We are grounded on our home turf in and the American West, but strive to publish the best literature and art in this increasingly small world,” said Schott. “Working with Frank Thomas and his team feels good because it means our journal is doing just one more small thing for the local community while we continue to think big.”

Founded in 2007, Whitefish Review is a nationally-acclaimed, non-profit journal publishing the distinctive literature, art, and photography of mountain culture. It is published twice a year, in December and June. As a recognized 501(c)(3) corporation created for the public good, it is supported by generous tax-deductible donations.

The evening is sponsored in part by grants from The Whitefish Community Foundation and The Montana Arts Council, an agency of the State Government. Good Medicine Lodge, Grouse Mountain Lodge, and many individual donors make these events and the publication of the journal possible. A $10 suggested entry donation is requested to help with operational costs.

Editors will review new submissions for issue #15 from Jan. 1 – March 15, 2014. Visit for more information.


Whitefish Review cover and back cover issue 14
left: “Emergency Quilt,” by Brooklyn, NY artist Matthew Paulson | right: “Just One More Little Bite,” by Whitefish-area artist Stephen Braun