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Saturday, September 29 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Creative Collaboration & Creating Community

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Writing can be lonely because it’s usually done alone. When the work is finished,
it’s often difficult to find an engaged or interested audience. Creative
collaboration refreshes and inspires the writing process while also establishing

The poets Mackenzie Cole, Henrietta Goodman, Ryan Scariano, Karin Schalm,
Ellen Welcker and Maya Jewell Zeller have all participated in recent writing
collaborations that have changed their writing for the better. They will discuss
how their collaborations developed, what they learned from them, and how the
process influenced their writing styles. They will read from work that emerged
from their respective shared writing projects and engage the audience in the
creation of an impromptu collaborative piece.

Mackenzie Cole’s poems (collaborations with Alicia Mountain and Tony Ruzika)
are anthologized in They Said: A Multigenre Anthology of Contemporary
Writing that was released from Black Lawrence Press in June. Two years ago,
poets Henrietta Goodman and Ryan Scariano began a poem exchange via email
that developed into a collaborative book project consisting of two parallel
alphabets of acrostic poems contemplating the intersection of the human and
non-human animal worlds. Karin Schalm and Ellen Welcker share weekly word
exchanges, creating poems with similar touch points but very different topics and
styles. They are working together on a chapbook called The New
Economy. Maya Jewell Zeller collaborated with the artist Carrie DeBacker on a
book of watercolors and poems, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts, that muse on
the philosophies of geologic time, climate change, human genomes, and
existential destruction.

All of the panelists have exciting ideas to share about creative collaborations and
the development of dynamic writing communities.


Mackenzie Cole

Mackenzie Cole is a founder of Milltownepress which published the portrait anthology, Missoula Rabble, among other works. He is the Office Assistant for Climate Ride and a trainer for No Bad Dogs. A graduate of the University of Montana MFA program, Cole has poems in They Said: A... Read More →
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Henrietta Goodman

Henrietta Goodman is the author of three books of poetry: All That Held Us (John Ciardi Prize, BkMk Press, 2018), Hungry Moon (Mountain West Poetry Series, 2013), and Take What You Want (Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books, 2007). Her poems and essays have recently appeared in... Read More →
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Ryan Scariano

Ryan Scariano’s chapbook, Smithereens, was published by Imperfect Press. Some of his recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Phantom Drift; Basalt; the Willow Springs Books anthology: Heart of the Rat; Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia Lorca; and Bright... Read More →
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Karin Schalm

Karin Schalm has poems and short prose published in Camas, CutBank, Epiphany, The Sun and other journals. Her work has been anthologized in Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Federico García Lorca, Poems Across the Big Sky II, Lilac City Fairy Tales (Volumes 2 – 4) and Bright... Read More →
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Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker has collaborated with visual artists, other writers, and as part of several multi-genre productions, including 2016's Terrain's Uncharted, a collaboration with the Spokane Symphony that reimagined the classic "Peter and the Wolf," and 2018's performance of her chapbook... Read More →
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Maya Jewell Zeller

Poetry Editor, Scablands Books
Maya Jewell Zeller (Scablands Poetry Editor & CWU Professor) is the author of the interdisciplinary collaboration (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Rios Books, 2017), the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015), and the... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802