Executive Director

Claire Compton graduated from the University of Montana where she studied Creative Writing and Literature and the Environment.  In addition to her work with Free Verse in the classroom and in the office, she teaches place-based after-school programs to elementary students at Clark Fork School.


Director of Development

Taylor White holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. In her free time, Taylor roams Missoula's mountains on her cross country skis, ghostwrites for Radish Fiction, and wrestles her own writing projects. 


Free Verse Americorps VISTA

Clara Moser currently serves as the 2019-2020 VISTA for Free Verse and the Missoula Writing Collaborative. She holds a BA in English Literature with a concentration in poetry from Skidmore College. Moser hopes to pursue a career in social work while continuing her practice as a poet. She is excited to be serving both Free Verse and the Missoula Writing Collaborative; two organizations that blend together her interests in prisoner's rights, restorative justice, creative writing, and youth advocacy through the arts. Previously, Moser has worked as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and has served as an Americorps Leader with high school youth.


Teacher, Missoula

Nicole Rose Gomez received her BA in International Relations from Stanford University. She is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Montana, where she is the Online Content Co-Editor at Cutbank.


Teacher, Missoula

Silas Miller recently graduated from the University of Montana where he studied literature and political science. He lives in Missoula, Montana.


Teacher, Missoula

Catalina Baker has a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, and she is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Montana. She is also an instructor of composition and rhetoric and a fiction editor at CutBank.


Teacher, Missoula

McKenzie Watterson studied at the University of Montana where she received bachelor's degrees in both French and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is passionate about engaging young people with diverse literature. Her current project is Ter, a young adult dystopian novel. 

Teacher, Missoula

Brian Groh is the author of the novel Summer People (Ecco/HarperCollins). He holds an MFA in fiction from The University of Montana, and his non-fiction has appeared in The New Republic and National Geographic Traveler.


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Intern, Missoula

Emma McMullen is an undergraduate at University of Montana where she studies creative writing.

Teacher, Billings

Ashley Warren has an MFA in fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches writing at Montana State University Billings, the Big Sky Writing Workshops, and in Billings public schools through the nonprofit organization Arts Without Boundaries. 


Teacher, Billings

Brittani Hissom received her MA in literature from the University of Montana where she focused on cultural appropriation. At UM she taught undergraduate classes on writing and literature.