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March 12, 2012


Award-winning writers Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney will present a reading and workshop on Friday, March 23, at The University of Montana.

Lopez and Gwartney, co-editors of “Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape,” will give a nonfiction reading at 7 p.m. in UM’s North Underground Lecture Hall. A book signing will follow the reading.

Gwartney also will present a craft lecture on memoir writing from 12:10 to 1 p.m. that day in McGill Hall Room 210. Both events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by UM’s Creative Writing and Environmental Studies programs. The events are installments of the UM President’s Writers-in-Residence Series.

Lopez is an essayist and short-story writer who has traveled extensively in remote parts of the world. He is the author of “Arctic Dreams,” winner of the 1986 National Book Award, as well as “Of Wolves and Men,” eight works of fiction and two essay collections. Lopez regularly contributes to magazines such as Outside and Orion, and his work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, including “Best American Essays 2009.”

Gwartney is the author of 2009’s “Live Through This,” a memoir about her experience having her teenage daughters run away from home following her divorce. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and the National Books for a Better Life awards. Gwartney has published her work in dozens of magazines, newspapers and literary journals, including Poets & Writers, Washington Square Review and The New York Times. She currently serves on the nonfiction writing faculty at Portland State University in Oregon.

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Contact: Karin Schalm, UM Creative Writing Program, 406-243-5267,