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September 05, 2013

MISSOULA – Independent publisher Tavern Books recently announced The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series to honor the life and work of former University of Montana student and poet Greta Wrolstad.

Wrolstad, a graduate student in the UM Creative Writing Program, passed away in 2005 at the age of 24. Tavern Books published two collections of her poetry: “Night is Simply a Shadow” in 2013 and “Notes on Sea & Shore” in 2010.

The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series will champion exceptional literary works from young women poets through a book publication in The Living Library, the Tavern Books catalog of innovative poets ranging from first-time authors and neglected masters to Pulitzer Prize winners and Nobel laureates.

Submissions to the series are open to any woman age 40 and younger who is a U.S. citizen, regardless of publication history. Poets published through the series will receive a standard royalty contract, a working relationship with an editorial staff and publisher, publication of their book in both paperback and hardcover editions and national distribution.

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished full-length collections of original poetry written in English, with at least 40 pages of text. Portions of the manuscript may have appeared elsewhere, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

Submissions will be accepted Oct. 1 through Jan. 15, 2014. Selections will be announced in June 2014 and published in 2015. For more submission guidelines, visit

While a graduate student in the UM Creative Writing Program, Wrolstad received a poetry fellowship, served as the poetry co-editor of the CutBank literary journal and attended the 2005 Summer Literary Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia, on a scholarship awarded by Fence Books. Aside from her poetry collections by Tavern Books, her poems have been published in A Public Space, Black Warrior Review, The Canary, Octopus Magazine, and the Best New Poets 2007 and Pushcart Prize XXXII anthologies.Bench

“Greta was exceptionally good at describing the natural world – in part, I suspect, because she had the patience to look at seawater and trees for a long time, without asking what she saw to be anything other than itself,” said Joanna Klink, an associate professor of poetry in the Creative Writing Program.

UM memorialized Wrolstad in 2009 with a bench and rock at the southwest corner of the Liberal Arts Building, and the Creative Writing Program offers an annual Greta Wrolstad Travel Award in her memory.

For more information visit, call UM Creative Writing Program Coordinator Karin Schalm at 406-243-5267 or email


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Greta: Greta Wrolstad

Bench: UM memorialized Wrolstad with a bench bearing a quotation from her poem “Notes on Sea & Shore” outside the southwest corner of the Liberal Arts Building.





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