Rocky Mountain Writers Festival to be held Wednesday-Saturday

April 5, 2019 GMT

POCATELLO - The annual Rocky Mountain Writers Festival will continue this week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. All events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Wednesday’s reading will be held at Portneuf Valley Brewing, upstairs, 615 South 1st Ave. in Pocatello.

Those participating are as follows:

Dr. Angier Wills, a local plastic/reconstructive surgeon, will be our featured musician. His forte is the story songs he has composed, many based on his personal experience of growing up in Georgia. He has worked with numerous gifted musicians including those in Nashville where he went to college. In addition, he is a founding member of the Idaho-based band Elvis Has Left the Building.

He prefers playing concerts and to coffee house clientele than to the bar crowd, he says, that is, the people who are most interested in listening.

Wednesday’s schedule in order of appearance includes:

Michael Corrigan, who will read from his new novel Brewer’s Odyssey. In addition to having taught at ISU, Corrigan is a musician, playwrite, and columnist for the Idaho State Journal.

Kathleen King, a retired ISU professor of creative writing, will read work from her lifelong body of poetry.

Nancy Goodman, a counselor at Century High School, will share from her forthcoming book of both humorous and serious self help essays including her favorite “Breast Milk-Sharing Manifesto”. Goodman is a former columnist for the Idaho State Journal.

Jackie Johnson Maughan will read an essay from her Hollywood hippie years titled “Dancing With The Temptations”. Maughan is also this evening’s MC for the festival. She too is retired from the ISU English department and has been a long-time supporter of the RMWF.

Arthur Dolson, a retired professor of foreign languages at ISU, will read from his satirical novel in progress. In it he features and parodies the pomp and circumstance of a certain prior university administrator and minions.

Mari Christmas, yes that is her name, is a short story writer who wowed the audience last year with her unique approach to character and point of view. Christmas is an instructor of creative writing at ISU.

Last for the evening is poet and artist Anne Merkley. Well known for her outstanding artwork, last year she used her art to illustrate the topic of nature in her poetry. Merkley too is a long-time supporter of the festival.

Thursday evening at the College Market includes Carlen Donovan as MC, prose writers Tera Cole, Brandon Hall, Mike Stubbs and Elise Barker. Poets include Bethany Schultz Hurst.

Friday night at the Bru House features poets Parris Butler, Kai Thomas, Breck Dalley, Mystery Megan, Eric Whiteside, and Storey Holston. Prose writers include Jona Andrist, Chris Swenson, and Ron Brauman.

Saturday night is a grand finale and takes place downtown at Station Square. It is a BYOB affair. The MC for the evening is Leslie Leek.

Featured are the well known Dr. Roger Boe, a retired pediatrician, whose photography is accompanied by the writing of Will Peterson in their recently published book The Flows: Photos and Poems from Craters of the Moon.

There will be a tribute to Penelope Reedy’s contribution to the history of regional literature as the publisher and editor of the Redneck Review of Literature.

Poet Martin Vest will introduce the new edition of Limberlost Review published by Rick and Rosemary Ardinger. Vest will also read his poems published in that edition and others.

Local writers are encouraged to sell their book at all of the festival’s events, but particularly on Saturday as the closing night.