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Life is complicated, at best. It's why we do anything in the arts. I write because I don't understand the world in the least, and through words I try to explore what it means to live.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
Kim Barnes' most recent novel is A Country Called Home. She also is the author of Finding Caruso and two memoirs: In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, winner of the PEN/Jerard Award and finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize; and Hungry for the World. She is co-editor with Mary Clearman Blew of Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers, and with Claire Davis of Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Forty. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including MORE Magazine, Fourth Genre, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gary Gildner attended Michigan State University (B.A., M.A.). He has been writer-in-residence at Reed College, Davidson College, Randolph College, Seattle Univ, and Michigan State Univ. He has been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer to Poland and to Czechoslovakia. He has given readings at the Library of Congress, Manhattan Theatre Club, Academy of American Poets, YMHA Poetry Center (NYC), and at some 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He lives with his wife Michele in the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho.