Idaho is graced with several Writers in Residence. (Note: If you know of others, feel free to let me know and I will add to this post as appropriate.)
The writer must apply and be evaluated.
The post is for a limited duration (from months to years).
The recipient receives a stipend.
The Writer in Residence is typically expected to present public events, speaking about their work and/or the craft of writing.
Kerri Webster is the state of Idaho’s Writer in Residence for 2024-2025. She is the recipient of numerous prizes for her work and is the author of four books of poetry. She’s a former professor of poetry at Boise State University and has taught poetry at Boise’s The Cabin.
The post is funded by the City of Boise is the initial six-month residency was awarded to Heidi Kraay and Natalie Disney, alumni and teachers at Boise State University (links to article detailing their background).
Natalie Disney is currently serving (Oct. 2023 through March 2024) and Heidi Kraay will serve Apr. 2024 through September 2024.
Margaret Koger has written to let us know that the group Boise Spoken Word will shortly be coming out with a new chapbook featuring the work of several Idaho writers. You’ll find several of Koger’s poems, including: “The Muses Sing,” “The Rosebud,” “Who Called Himself Black Sheep,” and “The Shoemaker’s Ashes”.
Read more about Boise Spoken Word and their mission, and download their previous publication Home Grown: An Anthology of Local Voices from their website.
Mark your calendar for a celebration of the new chapbook at Clairvoyant Brewing (2800 W. Idaho St. location, in Boise) on Monday 28 August from 7 to 9 p.m. (MT).
Khabaar is a food memoir and personal narrative that braids the global journeys of South Asian food through immigration, migration, and indenture. Focusing on chefs, home cooks, and food stall owners, the book questions what it means to belong and what does belonging in a new place look like in the foods carried over from the old country?
Join in with Treasure Valley Reads for 2023. Contact your local library for more information on any local events.
George Prentice of BSU public radio recently interviewed local authors and poets Rebeca Evans and Maggie Koger to discuss finding love — and reminding us of another event at Boise’s Ming Studios, this one on Sunday 12 February.
Readers, mark this date: March 4 — And, indies: also February 18.
Nampa Public Library is hosting a Treasure Valley Indie Book Fair. March 4 is the date of the fair. February 18 is the last day for an open call — to all local indie writers, illustrators, and publishers — to submit an application.
Note that there’s no tabling fee for participants. NPL will provide 1 table and up to 2 chairs per vendor. There will be 1 hour to set up before the beginning of the fair. All sales and proceeds go directly to the vendor.
Visit nampalibrary.org/bookfair to sign up and for more information. Be sure to pass this info along to anyone not on the Idaho Writers Update newsletter list!
The Cabin, in Boise, is giving away three prize bundles. You’re automatically entered if you make a donation at TheCabinIdaho.org/give between now and the end of January. (Multiple donations would seem to indicate multiple entries!)
A New Program in the Treasure Valley Solicits Writers
If you’re a writer, you might find it difficult to get your work into potential readers’ hands (and ears). Writers Read, a program in Star, addresses the problem by giving writers a chance to read their work in public.
Your participation will encourage the organizers to continue!
More about it
Every month we’ll meet, featuring up to four authors per event. Participants can read anything they’re working on:
Writers Read organizer Tina Johnson is looking for writers to read at upcoming events in January, February, and March. “We’re inviting writers with all levels of experience across the Treasure Valley and beyond. “We’re excited to hear from teen as well as adult writers,” she said.
Be the audience
The program also seeks audience members. “It’s a great event for listeners as well,” Johnson said. The program lasts about an hour and includes time to chat with authors around the refreshment table.
If you have any questions, contact Tina Johnson at: firstname.lastname@example.org To sift out spam, please use this subject line — Writers Read Firstname Lastname — for example, Writers Read Jane Smith
It’s just 90 days (can you believe it?) until 2023’s LUNCH FOR LITERACY “where Learning Lab’s friends and supporters gather to celebrate the successes of students and the generosity of our community”. The guest speaker will be New York Times bestselling author Amanda Turner.
Show your support by purchasing tickets and watch for an upcoming SILENT AUCTION opportunity.