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.


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Teacher, Poplar

Carly Hosford-Israel is currently serving as the VISTA Leader for the Montana Campus Compact at the University of Montana. She holds a BA in Global Studies from LIU Global and an MA in Journalism and Media Studies from the University Currently Known as Rhodes in Grahamstown, South Africa.


Teacher, Missoula

Jacquelyn Davis graduated from the University of Montana, where she received her BA in English Education and a minor in piano performance. She currently works for the Humane Society of Western Montana while she pursues her MPA in Nonprofit Administration at UM.


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

Taylor White received her BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and is currently pursuing a fiction-focused MFA at the University of Montana.


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.