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Whitefish Review Releases Third Issue

Literary journal features Rick Bass, Annick Smith, and 24 other artists, writers, and photographers

WHITEFISH, Mont. (June 24, 2008) – The Whitefish Review has announced the publication of its third issue. The 130-page soft cover book features established and emerging authors and artists with a leaning towards the art and literature of mountain culture.

More than 300 artists and writers submitted fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, and photography and 26 were selected by the editorial staff for inclusion in the journal published by Buckshot Enterprises, Inc. Features include a story and interview with Yaak, Montana author Rick Bass, as well as a story by Missoula author and filmmaker, Annick Smith.

Bass is the author of over twenty books. His 2002 collection, The Hermit’s Story, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and his stories have been awarded the Pushcart Prize, the O. Henry Award, and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories. His forthcoming memoir, Why I Came West, is to be published next month by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Smith’s books include Homestead and In This We Are Native. She was co-editor with William Kittredge of the anthology, The Last Best Place. Her film credits include Robert Redford’s A River Runs Through It.

The journal also features an interview with Kalispell, Montana native Brad Ludden, who has achieved international acclaim as one of the best kayakers in the world. His First Descents camp utilizes whitewater kayaking to promote emotional, psychological, and physical healing for young adults with cancer.

“We continue to be thrilled by the response to our journal,” said Brian Schott, editor-in-chief. “We received submissions from all over the world and are proud to bring this new literary voice to Montana and the interior American West. We are especially thankful to the individuals and businesses that have sponsored us.”

The journal features an additional 24 artists, writers, and photographers ranging from 17 to 75 years old across seven different U.S. states, as well as India. Eighteen of the contributors are from Montana. The journal weaves a diverse mix of narratives interspersed across six non-fiction essays and two interviews, three pieces of fiction, four poems, four paintings, and eight photographs. The cover features a photo by Yakima, Washington writer/photographer and publisher of Cave Moon Press, Doug Johnson. Bozeman-based photographer Tyler Call’s image appears on the back.

Additional featured writers and poets include John Bardsley (Missoula), Sarah Einstein (West Virginia), Clifford Garstang (Virginia), Nana McNeil (Kalispell), Greg Peters (Missoula), Cas Still (Whitefish), Jennifer Robbins (Columbia Falls), J.R. Satterfield, Jr. (Kalispell), and J. A. Tyler (Colorado).

A 12-page glossy color section showcases art and photography. Featured photographers include Tyler Call (Bozeman), Pat Clayton (Bozeman), Arun Gaur (India), Jack Kligerman (Bozeman), David Marx (Whitefish), Ian S. Griffiths (Idaho), and Christopher Woods (Texas). Featured artists include Mary Keefer (Bozeman), Karen Minton (Whitefish), Florance O’Neal (Kalispell), and Alice Voss (Whitefish).

Award-winning student writing is also featured by Matt Madieros (Kalispell) and Josiah Willows (Kalispell) who received first place in the 2008 Student Writing Contest for short stories and poetry sponsored by the Author’s of the Flathead.

Mike Powers and Ryan Friel serve as managing editors, Ian Griffiths is the art director, and Tom Mull and Nelson Roosendahl are associate editors. Lyndsay Schott manages the web site.

Copies of the Whitefish Review are available for purchase at Bookworks and Voyageur Booksellers of Whitefish, BooksWest and Borders of Kalispell, online at, as well as at other local and regional bookstores. Cost of the third issue is $12. The submission reading period for the December 2008 issue is July 15 through October 15.