Chérie Newman

Arts and Culture Producer

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at and

Her articles, essays, and book reviews have been published in Montana Magazine, High Country News, the University of Montana Alumni Newsletter, Whitefish Review, the Billings Gazette, the Missoulian, Montana Senior News, Outside Bozeman Magazine, and on numerous websites.

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The Poetry Of Life

Aug 24, 2016

In When We Were Birds, Joe Wilkins wrests his attention away from the griefs, deprivations, and high prairies of his Montana childhood and turns toward “the bean-rusted fields & gutted factories of the Midwest,” toward ordinary injustice and everyday sadness, toward the imminent birth of his son and his own confusions in taking up the mantle of fatherhood, toward faith and grace, legacy and luck.

Penguin Random House/Viking Books for Young Readers

This is Logan, here to tell you about The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, a book for middle-school readers written by Janet Fox.

For as long as there have been people on earth, we have been killing each other — for lots of reasons: lust, land, money ... In his new book, "Blood on the Marias: The Baker Massacre", Bozeman author Paul Wylie associates the escalation of murder in Montana with the discovery of gold.

Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet EVER
Farrar Straus Giroux

As much a moving memoir as it is an amusing pet manual, Misunderstood is a unique nonfiction book for teens and tweens about domesticated rats in general and a wonderful rat named Iris in particular.

Penguin Random House

Hi, I’m Logan, here to tell you about The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy, a novel for young readers written by M. A. Larson.

Barbara Van Cleve - All Rights Reserved

Barbara Van Cleve has been photographing ranch life since she was eleven years old. She grew up on her family’s cattle ranch near Big Timber, Montana. But she doesn’t just stand around holding a camera. More than a third of her images have been captured while she was riding a horse.

Simon Huggins / Creative Commons

by  Rob Schlegel

I watch a silent film about the sea and I am forced
To imagine the sound the schooner is making.

Upstairs, you fill the bath with everything that has
Or could ever happen between us.

You think you have lived this day before. Earlier
At the fair we found a magician who claimed

cover image credit : Tom Mangelson / Rizzoli Publications

Celebrating the most famous family of grizzly bears in the world — specifically matriarch 399 and her offspring — renowned nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has been tracking and photographing these bruins of Greater Yellowstone for 10 years, amassing an incomparable portfolio that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of this celebrated bear family.

Penguin Random House

This is Logan, and I’m here to tell you about Supergirl at Super Hero High, the sequel to a previous book that I reviewed, Wonder Woman at Super Hero High. Both books are by the same author, Lisa Yee.

Supergirl at Super Hero High also takes place at Super Hero High, but this time the story tells us how Supergirl becomes a super hero. The book is third person limited, which means, as I said in a previous review, you only see inside one person’s thoughts. The book is exciting, funny, and VERY suspenseful.

A type of music called “Americana” has been played in Montana for more than two centuries (that we know of) beginning with the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Aaron Parrett, author of a new book Montana Americana Music: Boot Stomping in Big Sky Country, says " The Corps of Discovery had a high percentage of people of Indian extraction along with them. I think it’s a half or two-thirds were Métis Indian, including Pierre Cruzatte, one of the fiddlers (there were two). And he played a lot of what we would now recognize probably as Métis fiddle tunes."

Chérie Newman: But what, exactly, is Americana music?