Cabin Writing Camps and the Writers in the Schools program provide local professional writers with meaningful artistic employment at a fair wage. Our teaching-writers share a deep commitment to writing as evidenced by an exceptional quality of work and professional publications, and a strong aptitude (even better: experience!) for teaching young people.
Adrian Kien grew up in Elko, NV and Missoula, MT. He received his MFA from Boise State University. He is the author of The Caress is a Letter of Instruction (Slope 2012) and several chapbooks and collaborations with his wife, the painter, Kelly Packer. He has taught many classes at the Cabin and in the Writers in the Schools Program and at Boise State University. He currently lives and writes in Butte, MT.
AK Turner is the author of This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, Mommy Had a Little Flask, and the New York Times best seller Hair of the Corn Dog. A former writer in the Boise Artist-in-Residence program, she now hosts the “Tales of Imperfection” humor podcast. Her work has been featured in various publications and websites, including Folio Literary Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Nickmom and a blogger at The Huffington Post. www.AKTurner.com
Alan Minskoff directs the journalism program at the College of Idaho, where he has taught since 2001. The founding chair of the Cabin, he has taught in the Cabin’s Summer Writing Camp for a decade and in Writers in the Schools program in residencies in Nampa, Horseshoe Bend and Idaho City. His poetry has appeared in various journals and in Eight Idaho Poets (University of Idaho Press, 1978); Idaho's Poetry: A Centennial Anthology (University of Idaho Press, 1988); Things to do in Idaho (Blue Scarab Press, 1990); in two chapbooks: Blue Ink Runs Out on a Partly Cloudy Day ( 1994) and Point Blank (2006) both from Limberlost Press. In 2010 Minskoff wrote Idaho Wine Country, a collaborative book with photographer Paul Hosefros, published by Caxton Press.
Brady Udall is the author of The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, Letting Loose the Hounds and The Lonely Polygamist. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire and elsewhere. He teaches writing at Boise State University, and was appointed Writer-in-Residence of Idaho in 2010.
Cassie Angley lived in New York City where she wrote, produced, and often performed in more than 12 original plays and musicals. Most recently she performed her play Finding the Michaels Off Broadway at the San Francisco Marsh. She’s worked as a teaching artist for almost a decade.
Catherine Kyle is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017); the poetry chapbooks Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015), Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), and Saint: A Post-Dystopian Hagiography (dancing girl press, forthcoming); and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). Her writing has been honored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and other organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University and is pursuing an MFA in Poetry through New England College. She currently teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Western Idaho. Her website is www.catherinebaileykyle.com.
Christian Winn, the 2016-2019 Idaho Writer in Residence, is a fiction writer, poet, journalist, and teacher of creative writing. His fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, Ploughshares,The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal, TriQuarterly Hayden's Ferry Review, Greensboro Review, Chattahoochee Review, Gulf Coast, Bat City Review, Every Day Fiction, The Pinch, Santa Monica Review, Handful of Dust, The Strip, Story Houston, The Masters Review, Revolver, and elsewhere. His short story collections of, NAKED ME and What's Wrong With You is What's Wrong With Me are out from Dock Street Press. He teaches fiction and poetry with The Cabin. He has written for The Boise Weekly, Thrive, The Idaho Statesman, and Idaho Magazine. He is the founder of the Writers Write fiction workshop series, co-founder of Storyfort, and curator of Modern Campfire Stories and the Couch Surfer Artist Series.
Colleen Brennan is a freelance writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher with an MA in linguistics. Her stories appear in Writers in the Attic and A Year in Ink. A native Minnesotan, she has lived and worked in San Diego, Seattle, Boulder, Paris, and Bordeaux. She now resides in Boise, where she is writing a novel based on her adventures in France as an au pair and a Fulbright teaching assistant.
Daniel Stewart, a teaching-writer for The Cabin’s Writers in the Schools and Summer Writing Camps since 1999, has authored a collection of poems, The Imaginary World. A variety of print and online publications featured his poems, including Educe, Lonesome Fowl, Puerto Del Sol, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, and Thrush, among others. Recent work appeared in the anthologies REDUCE and Thrush Poetry Journal: an anthology of the first two years, and is forthcoming in the journal Sixfold.
Elisabeth Sharp McKetta
Elisabeth Sharp McKetta teaches writing online for Harvard Extension School. She is the founder of Poetry for Strangers and author of two books, The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers and The Fairy Tales Mammals Tell. Her PhD (Univ. Texas 2009) focused on the intersections between fairy tales and autobiography. She lives in Boise with her family. www.elisabethsharpmcketta.com
Being charged by a grizzly in Denali National Park, to being bitten by Piranhas in the Amazon Elizabeth Barnes is an avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast. She loves reading, writing, cooking, and parenting. A Lecturer at Boise State University Elizabeth teaches writing by day and by night battles dragons via her pen.
Guisela Baruth is a writer of fiction, poetry and prose. She has been working with young writers for more than fifteen years. A native of Guatemala, Guisela has lived in Boise for 25 years where she was a Top Ten Scholar at Boise State University and earned her M.A. in Literacy. She has been teaching since 1977. She has provided literacy and whole language Spanish workshops throughout the Northwest. One of her favorite projects has been to work with street children in Guatemala, showing them how to use literacy to find their voices. She runs La Tertulia Spanish Learning Center in Boise, an organization that aims to promote bilingualism and the benefits of multiculturalism.
Hannah Rodabaugh received an MA in literature from Miami University and an MFA in poetry from Naropa University. Her poetry has been published in magazines like Berkeley Poetry Review, ROAR Magazine, Horse Less Review, Written River, Nerve Lantern and others. She has a chapbook of poems titled With Words: Verse in Concordance modeled after dictionary entries out from Dancing Girl Press. She also has poetry in Flim Forum Press’ anthology A Sing Economy and Nerve Lantern's Yoko Ono: A Tribute to Yoko Ono, a collection of writing in response to Yoko Ono's performance art. She recently received grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the Alexa Rose Foundation, and she is a 2017 Artist in Residence for Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve. She works as a teaching writer at The Cabin and as a co-curator for Ghosts & Projectors, a Boise-based poetry reading series.
Playwright Heidi Kraay examines the connection between brain and body, seeking empathy with fractured characters. Plays include How to Hide Your Monster, New Eden, Kilgore, Rajpurr: Tale of a Tiger and Slap! A Beaver Tale. Co-devised work includes small matters, SuperSecretSiteSpecificSomething (Migration Theory) and DIRT (HomeGrown Theatre). Her work has been presented in Boise, regionally and in NYC. Heidi holds an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from California Institute of Integral Studies. Member of the Dramatists Guild. www.heidikraay.com
Joel Wayne is a writer, editor, and director. His fiction and nonfiction work has appeared in apt, Salon.com, Boise Weekly, AdPulp, Eagle Magazine, and elsewhere. Additionally, his short film work has screened at the Local Sightings and Sun Valley Film Festivals. He is the recipient of the 2012 Glenn Balch Award in Fiction and was recently named a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers.
Judith McConnell Steele
Judith McConnell Steele lived in northeast Brazil for a number of years as a Peace Corps volunteer, translator and journalist for Project Hope and volunteer with Amigos de las Americas. Several years after her last stay in Brazil, she began writing The Angel of Esperanҫa. The book opens with a woman shut in a tower and then explores the growing catastrophe that put her there. The Angel of Esperanҫa, published by Mill Park Publishing, was given three first-place awards –for best fiction, best cover design and best interior design –in the 2013 Idaho Book Awards. The novel recently received a second place award for fiction in the international North American Book Awards. Steele's fiction and poetry have been published in magazines, literary journals and anthologies. Two collections of her Idaho Statesman columns are in print - Stories from Home (Sassafras Books, 1989) and More Stories from Home (Tamarack Books, 1993).
Katie Fuller is a writer and teacher from Maine. She is currently working on her MFA in Poetry at Boise State. Katie holds an MA in English from the University of Maine where she co-edited the journals Stolen Island and Paideuma. Her poems can be found in the publications WSQ and the SP CELovebook, among others, and she has written feature articles for Downeast and Maine magazines. Katie loves the ocean, the mountains, and Rihanna in equal parts.
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.
Kevin Kelley grew up in the high desert countryside of Nampa, Idaho. His writing has appeared in Thin Air Magazine, The Goodmen Project, and Idaho Family Magazine. Kevin received his Masters in English in 2013, and is a former editorial staff member of The Idaho Review. He currently teaches English Composition at Boise State University.
Lacey Daley was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She moved west to obtain her MFA in fiction from Boise State University, where she served as Associate Editor for The Idaho Review and taught English and Creative Writing classes. Her work has made the pages of FUSION, Prairie Margins, the top 25 in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and won both the 2014 and 2015 Glenn Balch Award. She is a teaching-writer for The Cabin, where she works with young writers in summer day camps. Aside from fiction, Lacey is the Digital Content Coordinator for Boise State Public Radio, the NPR member station in Southwest Idaho.
Laura Roghaar is a poet and educator. She teaches writing at Boise State and at The Cabin. She holds a BA in English and Communication from UC Santa Barbara and an MA in English Literature from Boise State University where she is also a candidate for the MFA in poetry. Her chapbook of poems, SISTERHOUSE, is out from dancing girl press.
Megan Williams is a poet, editor, teacher, and arts organizer. When not encouraging young people to be weird at the Cabin's Idaho Writing Camps, she runs GHOSTS & PROJECTORS. a poetry reading series and serves as the program administrator for Big Tree Arts. Once upon a time, her work appeared in Tin House, Vinyl Poetry, PANK, and Mudlark, among other journals.
Natalie Disney is a fiction writer entering her second year of MFA candidacy and teaching at Boise State University. She spent the last four years exploring Colorado, where she taught ESL to refugee families, before making her home on this side of the Rockies. Most days, you can find her exploring the foothills behind her house while listening to westerns on audiobook.
Former Senator Nicole LeFavour is a poet, essayist and former newspaper reporter with an MFA in short story writing from the University of Montana. Her stories have appeared in the North American Review and other journals. Her blogs and feature length news stories have received recognition locally and and nationally.
Ruth Salter grew up in Claremont, California and earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine. She has enjoyed guiding the enthusiasm and talent of summer workshop writers at The Cabin since 2010, and also teaches courses in poetry writing and literature at Boise State. Her poems and essays have appeared in several periodicals, including Boise Weekly, Chiron Review, Calyx, Nerve Cowboy, Hawaii Pacific Review, and America Magazine, as well as the anthologies The Healing Art of Writing, Volumes I and II. Her latest projects are facilitating a writing workshop for local veterans and experimenting with travel writing.
Stacie Rice has taught literature and nonfiction writing at Boise State University since 1997 and is the coauthor of The Writing Tree, an interactive e-textbook for beginning writers. She is a longtime freelance writer, editor, and workshop facilitator for organizations including Kendall Hunt Publishing, Pearson Education, Boise State, the Women's and Children's Alliance, SOVRN Creative, St. Luke's, and The Cabin, where she also served on the Board of Directors for three years. As an editor, she has supported individual writers on a wide variety of projects. For two years, she authored a series of monthly essays on the blog Echo Slice. She is currently wrestling that work into a memoir.
Susan Bruns Rowe knew she wanted to be a writer in the third grade, when she won second place for a poem on, of all things, soil conservation. She spent the first half of her writing life writing for corporations, government and non-profits. She now writes almost exclusively what she wants and gets paid a lot less. She has an MFA in creative writing from Boise State University where she has taught nonfiction classes. Her memoir tells the story of her immigrant grandparents who arrived in New York City hungry for land, fled the raids of Pancho Villa on the Texas border, and landed finally on a failed Idaho homestead where they transformed the desert into a farm. Her work is forthcoming in The American Oxonian and the book, “Fighting the World’s Fight: Rhodes Scholars in Oxford and Beyond.”
Torii Grabowski works as a writer and educator in Boise, where she lives with her husband and two canine children. Originally from Chicago, Torii moved to Boise to pursue her MFA in fiction writing at Boise State University. While there she taught undergraduate writing and worked as the Associate Editor of The Idaho Review. Her stories can be found in The Manchester Review, The Southern Pacific Review, and The Hudson Review, among others. She is a two time winner of The Glenn Balch Fiction Award, and has collaborated with local film projects.
Tracy Sunderland has worked as a professional writer, director, actor and teacher for over 20 years. She’s written several award winning short films; her first feature film script is slated to shoot this fall. Her plays for young audiences, Maggie Lumière and the Ghost Train and Spooky Action at a Distance have played in schools and theaters throughout Idaho and Washington. Along with fellow Cabin writer, Heidi Kraay, Tracy also devised and wrote last summer’s immersive theatre experience through downtown Boise SuperSecretSiteSpecificSomething. She is an Associate Artist at Boise Contemporary Theater and teaches at Boise State University and College of Idaho. She is the recipient of the 2015 Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award at Boise State and the 2015 Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship in film-making.