Sterling HolyWhiteMountain Publishes "Featherweight" in The New Yorker

Portrait of writer Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, who majored in English at the University of Montana

Earlier this year The New Yorker published a short story by UM alum Sterling HolyWhiteMountain. "Featherweight" explores a young Native American's culture shock when he starts school at a predominantly white university.

HolyWhiteMountain majored in English when he attended the University of Montana. About his time here he said, "I learned so much about writing; I wouldn't be the writer or person I am without the kind of unbelievably good teaching I got there."

After studying at UM, HolyWhiteMountain went on to earn an MFA in creative writing at the University of Iowa and complete a postgraduate fiction fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. Upon his return to Montana, he directed the Blackfeet Community College writing center for four years. In 2018 HolyWhiteMountain was selected for a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford.

"Featherweight" appeared in an April 2021 issue of The New Yorker along with an interview about the story.