Melissa Stephenson’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in publications such as The Mid American Review, Passages North, The Washington Post, New Letters, and The Rumpus, with work forthcoming in Carve, Mutha, and ZYZZYVA. After earning a B.A. in Creative Writing at The University of Montana, she migrated south to Texas State University where she earned an M.F.A. in fiction. She’s happy to be back in Missoula, and her memoir, Driven, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018.
Philip Schaefer’s debut collection Bad Summon won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the University of Utah Press and will be released in 2017. He is the author of three chapbooks, two of which were co-written with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. He won the 2016 MeridianEditor’s Prizein poetry and has individual work out or due out in Kenyon Review, Thrush, Guernica, The Cincinnati Review, Birdfeast, Salt Hill, Bat City, Adroit, Baltimore Review, and Passages North among others. He tends bar in Missoula, MT.
Co-Director of the Beargrass Writing Retreat, Robin Troy is the author of two novels, Liberty Lanes, which was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award and the Michigan Literary Fiction Award for novels, and Floating, which won the MTV prize for fiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies and journals nationally, including the Seal Press anthologies Woman’s Best Friend and P.S. What I Didn’t Say. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and was a professor of fiction-writing and MFA Program Director at Southern Connecticut State University for ten years before returning to Missoula. Prior to teaching, Robin worked journalist at Missoula's Independent and Fitness magazine in New York. She is currently at work on a non-fiction book titled Breathing, One Adult.