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50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest
6:18 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Short Fiction Contest: Chasing Happiness

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For our 50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest, we asked you to send a 700-word, or less, story in which Montana Public Radio is mentioned in some way. We'll be accepting entries until March 15, 2015. Winners will be announced in April. This story is by Marged Bernstein.

It's barely 5 a.m. and Tess is outside talking to the moon backlighting the movie set that is rural Montana's Hi-Line.

“Damn cowboys,” she says, thinking about how Billy had dumped her.

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Fiction
6:02 am
Wed February 25, 2015

A Prison Riot, A Fiddle, And The Love Of A Good Woman

S.M. Hulse talks about the characters in her debut novel Black River. She also reads passages from the book.

About the book:

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50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest
6:20 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Short Fiction Contest: What The Cat Saw

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For our 50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest, we asked you to send a 700-word, or less, story in which Montana Public Radio is mentioned in some way. We'll be accepting entries until March 15, 2015. Winners will be announced in April. This story is by Geoffrey Taylor.

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Monday Poems
10:17 am
Mon February 23, 2015

"Muriel"

My mother held out for tangerines.
They were more willing than the orange,
Rare as China, still, and carried the
Thought, which was never spoken,
That life was no more than that.
Peeling them now in the darkened
Kitchen, the taste of them almost in
My mouth. A mouth forged
From the soft melding of two others
Slipping open like caves found
In darkness, moistening the sweet,
Heavy air that fell between them
With the thought that was never spoken.
My thumbs enter the skin
No differently than did those

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50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest
6:07 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Short Fiction Contest: The Night Before The Wedding

For our 50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest, we asked you to send a 700-word, or less, story in which Montana Public Radio is mentioned in some way. We'll be accepting entries until March 15, 2015. Winners will be announced in April. This story is by Derin Dorsett.

The weight above her eyebrows felt heavier and heavier, creating a deep wrinkle.

“Are you mad?” her daughters teased her and giggled.

The joy from those giggles didn’t erase the furrow.

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Memoir
6:07 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Resilience: Two Sisters And A Story Of Mental Illness

Jessie Close talks about and reads from her memoir, Resilience: Two Sisters And A Story Of Mental Illness.

About the book:

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50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest
1:18 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Short Fiction Contest: Morning Addition

For our 50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest, we asked you to send a 700-word, or less, story in which Montana Public Radio is mentioned in some way. We'll be accepting entries until March 15, 2015. Winners will be announced in April. This story is by Mark Leichliter.

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Fiction
6:06 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Unlikely Relationship Between A Deputy And A Killer

Kim Zupan talks about his debut novel, The Ploughmen. He also talks about his writing process and reads passages from the book.

About the book:

A young sheriff and a hardened killer form an uneasy and complicated bond in this mesmerizing first novel set on the plains of Montana.

Steeped in a lonesome Montana landscape as unyielding and raw as it is beautiful, Kim Zupan's The Ploughmen is a new classic in the literature of the American West.

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Fiction
6:14 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Riding Into The Heart Of The Cowboy Myth

Molly Gloss talks about and reads from her novel Falling From Horses. She also tells what she knows about the welfare of animals that appear in movies, particularly westerns.

About the book:

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Monday Poems
3:58 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

"I Was There As Rain"

I was there
as the rain
hesitated;

drizzle contemplated
itself.

I could feel
the world changing
its mind.

Until the drops
thickened into
glycerine.

Like I was there
at snow's invention.

The sound changes,
you know,
once the snowflakes
hit the ground
they decide
to rejoin

The day was wild with certainty.
For a small moment there,
I knew what matters.

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