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.
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 Shelter in Place (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019), Saint: A Post-Dystopian Hagiography (dancing girl press, 2018), Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017), Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015), and 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’s low-residency program. She teaches creative writing at the College of Western Idaho and through The Cabin. 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, Boulder, Paris, Bordeaux, and Boise. She is the recipient of a 2018 literary arts grant from the Alexa Rose Foundation.
Daniel Stewart is a teaching-writer for The Cabin’s Writers in the Schools program, serving as Writer in Residence at Ada County Juvenile Detention, and Frank Church High, an alternative school, in Boise, ID. The author of the collection The Imaginary World, his poems have appeared in BOAAT, Parentheses, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Scab, Thrush, Yes Poetry, NightBlock, and Graviton Lit, among others.
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.
Emily Pittinos is a spinner of yarns, a healer of song birds, and a poet/ essayist from northern Michigan. An Associate Editor for Poetry Northwest, Emily received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also served as the Senior Fellow in Poetry. Her recent work appears, or will soon appear, in Michigan Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Pinwheel Journal, New England Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. www.emilypittinos.com
Guisela Penados Baldizón
Guisela Penados Baldizón 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
Author of the New York Times Best-Selling WHAT STANDS IN A STORM, Kim Cross is a freelance writer and journalist specializing in meticulously reported literary nonfiction. After more than a decade as an editor and staff writer Southern Living, Cooking Light, and other publications, she quit her job to freelance full time for Outside, ESPN, Garden & Gun, Southwest magazine, Bicycling, Bike, and other magazines. Her fishing memoir, The King of Tides, was anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing 2016 and won a gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers. What Stands in a Storm was the inaugural winner of the Fitzgerald Museum Literary Prize and the American Society of Journalists and Authors Book Award. A Barnes & Noble “Discover” pick, it was named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2015 and was a finalist in the GoodReads Choice Awards.
Laura Roghaar is a poet, educator, and arts administrator. She serves as the Poetry Out Loud coordinator for Idaho and teaches writing at The Cabin. She holds an MFA in poetry from Boise State and her chapbook of poems, SISTERHOUSE, is out from dancing girl press.
Natalie Disney recently earned her MFA in creative writing from Boise State University, where she served as Associate Editor of The Idaho Review. Her work has been published in The Florida Review, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the PEN America Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She is a recipient of the 2017 Glenn Balch Award for fiction. She teaches writing at BSU and is at work on her first novel.
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 writing and literature at Boise State and Northwest Nazarene University. Her poems, essays, and reviews 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 include experimenting with travelogue poetry and literary translation from Spanish and Galician into English.
Samantha Silva is an author and screenwriter based in Idaho. Mr. Dickens and His Carol is her debut novel. Over her career she’s sold film projects to Paramount, Universal, New Line Cinema and TNT. A film adaptation of her short story, The Big Burn, won the 1 Potato Short Screenplay Competition at the Sun Valley Film Festival in 2017. Silva directed, her first time at the helm.
Susan Rowe has an MFA in creative writing from Boise State University and an MA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University. Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Brevity's Nonfiction Blog, The American Oxonian, Penny, Literary Mama, and the book, Fighting the World’s Fight: Rhodes Scholars in Oxford and Beyond. Before deciding to write and teach full-time, Susan was a marketing and communications professional for twenty years. She recently completed a manuscript of short stories based on the lives of her immigrant grandparents.
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.
Tyler Brewington is the author of the chapbook Dear Stray Volcano (alice blue, 2015) and, with Kelly Schirmann, the collection Boyfriend Mountain (Poor Claudia, 2015). His poems have appeared in PEN America’s PEN Poetry Series, Salt Hill, Powder Keg, Sixth Finch, COAST|noCOAST, and elsewhere. He received an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and he is from Boise, Idaho.