Visiting Writers

Joshua Beckman

Joshua Beckman
Joshua Beckman, the editor-in-chief of Wave Books, traveled around the country in 2014 giving talks on poetry for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. In The Lives of the Poems and Three Talks (Wave Books, 2018), these lectures are collected as two books in conversation. The Lives of the Poems illuminates the intimate experience of making a particular set of poems, while Three Talks explores the fluid social dynamics of poetry as it lives between readers, poems, and books. Beckman is the author of many other books, including The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat.Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat, and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He also co-edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015). Beckman is the recipient of numerous awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York. His visit to the University of Montana is sponsored through the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry and the President's Writers-in-Residence Series.

Peter Stark

peter stark

Peter Stark is an adventure and exploration writer and historian. Born in Wisconsin, he studied English and anthropology at Dartmouth College, took a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and headed off to the remote spots of the world writing magazine articles and books. A long-time correspondent for Outside magazine, Stark’s articles and essays have also appeared in Smithsonian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Journal,and many others. His most recent book, Young Washington, recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader.  Says Publisher’s Weekly: “Stark puts his background as an adventure writer to good use, bringing thrilling immediacy and literary flair to George Washington’s youthful exploits as a Western surveyor and eventual participant in the French and Indian War.”  Carl Hoffman, author of Savage Harvest, writes: “Forget the idea of a musty history tome; this is a gripping, cinematic adventure tale that made me envious of not just young George Washington’s exploits, but Peter Stark’s ability to make them so real and immediate.” Stark’s previous book, Astoria, was a New York Timesbestseller, a finalist for a PEN USA literary award, and was adapted into an epic, two-part play by Portland Center Stage in Portland, Oregon.

Stacy Szymaszek

Stacy Szymaszek

Stacy Szymaszek is a poet and an arts administrator/organizer. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships, Hyperglossia, hart island, and Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (2016), which won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books. Her book A Year From Today is forthcoming in 2018 with Nightboat Books. She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and mentor for Queer Art Mentorship. She is the Executive Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church.