ALAN MINSKOFF, beginning of story
Alan Minskoff, the founder and earliest champion of The Cabin, began lecturing at The College of Idaho in 2001. Minskoff teaches all journalism classes and writes for several magazines. His scholarly interests include historic preservation, the arts, urban issues, wine and wine making. Some of his academic recognitions include: Idaho Wine Country nominated for Idaho Book of the Year, 2010; Editor of Boise Magazine; Boise Journal; Art Idaho Awarded Best Idaho Magazine, Idaho Press Club; Awarded Best Business Feature, 2002, Western Washington branch of the Society of Professional Journalists.
MALIA COLLINS, 9 – 10am
Malia Collins has published short stories in a number of literary magazines, has two Hawaiian children’s books, and is currently working on a guide to Hawaiian Culture as well as a novel. Malia grew up in Hawaii and after leaving home for the wilds of Wisconsin where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Journalism from Beloit College. After finishing her degree she moved to Grenoble, France on a Rotary Ambassadorial scholarship to study French Literature at L’Universite Stendhal.
COLUM MCCANN, 10 – 10:30am
Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination.
LAUREN GROFF, 10:30 – 11am
Lauren Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award. Her third novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kirkus Award.
CHRISTIAN WINN, 11am – 12pm
Christian Winn – recently named as Idaho’s Writer in Residence – was born in Eugene, Oregon, and grew up in Palo Alto, California and the Seattle area. He is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, and the Boise State University MFA program. He now lives in Boise, Idaho where he writes and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at Boise State University. His stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Award, as well as The Best American Mystery Stories.
AIMEE BENDER, 12 – 12:30pm
Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own, which was a Los Angeles Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013.
ANNA WEBB, 12:30 – 1pm
Anna Webb is a Boise native and reporter at the Idaho Statesman. She enjoys creating mosaics, gyms, dogs, watermelon, coffee, cayenne pepper, and the color chartreuse.
KAREN BENDER, 1 – 1:30pm
Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection Refund, published by Counterpoint Press in 2015; it was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction; it was also on the shortlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, and the longlist for the Story Prize. It was also a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Her novel Like Normal People was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.
MITCH WIELAND, 1:30 – 2:30pm
Wieland directs the MFA program at Boise State, where he has taught for twenty years, and serves as the founding editor of the award-winning Idaho Review. He is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Boise State University Arts and Humanities Fellowship, and two Literature Fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
ANTHONY DOERR, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See, which was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
KERRI WEBSTER, 3:30 – 4:30pm
Kerri Webster is the author of two books of poetry: Grand & Arsenal (winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and published in 2012) and We Do Not Eat Our Hearts Alone (Georgia, 2005). The recipient of awards from the Whiting Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she has taught in the MFA programs at Washington University in St. Louis and Boise State. Through WITS, Webster has held residencies in Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Bruneau, Horseshoe Bend, Idaho City, and Payette.
ALAN HEATHCOCK, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Alan Heathcock’s VOLT was a “Best Book” selection from numerous newspapers and magazines, including GQ, Publishers Weekly, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and Cleveland Plain Dealer, was named as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, selected as a Barnes and Noble Best Book of the Month, as well as a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize.
HILLARY BILINSKI, ending of story
Hillary Bilinski holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University. In 2016 she was a finalist for Yemassee’s Nonfiction Writing Prize, and her work has been published in Bayou Magazine. You may recognize her as a staffer of The Cabin, where she has championed the organization since 2014 as Operations Manager. Side hobbies include quilting, barre, and cold IPAs.
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