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Saturday, September 29 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Twenty Years of Lost Horse Press

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Now in its 20th year, Lost Horse Press was established in 1998 in Spokane, when founding publisher, editor and book designer Christine Holbert was an MFA student in Editing and Publishing at Eastern Washington University. Based since 1999 in Sandpoint, Idaho, Lost Horse Press is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, independent press that publishes work of established as well as emerging poets, and makes available fine contemporary literature through cultural, educational and publishing programs and activities.  

To date, Lost Horse Press has published 125 books and anthologies of poetry as well as collections of essays and short fiction—all work of high literary merit often ignored by conglomerate publishers, chain bookstores, and mass culture in general. Lost Horse Press has given many opportunities to emerging poets, including winners of The Idaho Prize for Poetry—an annual, national competition offering $1,000 plus publication for a book-length poetry manuscript. The competition, established in 2004 and now in its fourteenth year, is conducted according to the CLMP’s Code of Ethics. Each year, after the entries are screened anonymously by preliminary readers, a different poet of national prominence serves as final judge to select the winner from among a small group of finalist manuscripts.  

In addition to running the Press, Christine Holbert is dedicated to contributing to the community. She has served on the board of the Idaho Center for the Book, organized creative writing workshops, literary readings, and a writing conference for adults—to promote the literary arts in Idaho and nationally. Another program, Young Writers of the Lost Horse, has helped children in elementary grades through high school strengthen their skills and heighten their interest in the process and pleasure of writing.  

Lost Horse also collaborates with the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force to host the Sandpoint, Idaho, celebration of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a worldwide annual poetry and music event in which local artists in each participating community come together to express their visions for positive change on the local, national and global levels. A signal achievement of the Press, and an expression of its commitment to such change, is the Lost Horse Press Human Rights Series—anthologies proposed, created and curated by editors associated with the Press, and focusing on urgent humanitarian and human rights issues of our era. To date, four anthologies have appeared--editors of two of these (Kwasny and Wright) will take part in the proposed celebratory reading.  

For this event, the five authors will read from their poetry published by Lost Horse Press; tell a little about what it is like to work with a publisher of such quality and commitment to social justice, human rights, and environmental balance; and answer questions from the audience about writing, publishing, and finding a publisher.

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Carolyne Wright

Faculty in Poetry, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
Carolyne Wright's new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009. Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace... Read More →

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David Axelrod

David Axelrod is the editor of basalt: a journal of fine and literary arts, and Sensational Nightingales: The Collected Poetry of Walter Pavlich, published by Lynx House Press. His new collection of poems, The Open Hand, appeared from Lost Horse Press in the autumn of 2017. His second... Read More →
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Tami Haaland

Professor, Montana State University Billings
Tami Haaland is the author of three poetry collections, What Does Not Return (Lost Horse Press, 2017), When We Wake in the Night, and A Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich First Book Award. She earned a MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College... Read More →
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Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, including Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today, selected by Linda Bierds for the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series (University of Washington Press 2017), Pictograph (Milkweed Editions 2015), and Reading Novalis in Montana (Milkweed... Read More →
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Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell was raised in New York and California, but has lived in Oregon since 1980. He received his Masters from California State University, Sacramento, where he studied with the poet, Dennis Schmitz. He received an MFA from the University of Montana, where he worked with... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802