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Brian Schott

whitefish review editorial board

Brian Schott  |  Mike Powers  |  Ryan Friel
Cristina Eisenberg  |  Rick Bass  |  Matt Holloway  |  Lowell Jaeger
Adam Blue  |  Monica Pastor  |  Ian Griffiths
Lyndsay Schott  |  Sarah Ericson  |  Tom Haines  |  Ben Polley


Brian Schott founded Whitefish Review in 2007. His recent fiction has been featured in Big Sky Journal and Camas. He is a travel correspondent for The Boston Globe and a contributing writer at Mountain magazine. His stories and photos have appeared in national publications like the New York Post, New York Daily News, CNN Travel, USA Today, and many others. He holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. See some of his writing and photography at BrianSchott.com.


Mike Powers is a Colby College alumnus with a B.A. in English. After graduating in the spring of 1993, he left the ocean and Southeastern Massachusetts for one winter in Whitefish. Sixteen years later he is still in awe of Montana's wilderness and mountains. An avid traveler, he has followed his skis to South America for two seasons, one winter in the Italian Alps with his wife Pam and all over British Columbia in search of powder and good stories. Mike has always been moved by words and people. He has put pen to paper for years, but mostly kept it to himself. He lives in Whitefish.


Ryan Friel graduated with a B.A. in political science with a concentration in English from Colby College in 1993. As a writer, he spins his tales from experiences touring celebrities around the various ski resorts of the Rockies, guiding along the rivers of Alaska and flying with clients over the mighty Iditarod. Wildlife and nature's elements source his passions.

Lowell Jaeger teaches creative writing at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. He is author of six collections of poems: War On War (Utah State University Press, 1988), Hope Against Hope (Utah State University Press 1990), Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press, 2009), WE (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2010), How Quickly What's Passing Goes Past (Grayson Books, 2013), and Accidentally Still Blue (Shabda Press, 2015). He is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from western states. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. Most recently, Lowell was awarded the Montana Governor's Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse.

LEAD EDITOR, THE CHANGE ISSUE (#19): Cristina Eisenberg
NON-FICTION EDITOR (Issues #11 & #16 Lead Editor)   

Cristina Eisenberg is an author and the Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute, where directs a strategic global research program that explores key environmental issues. As an ecologist she studies wolves and fire in Rocky Mountain ecosystems. She has a master's degree in conservation biology from Prescott College and a PhD in Forestry and Wildlife from Oregon State University. She is a Smithsonian Research Associate, a Boone and Crockett Club professional member, and an editor for the Ecological Society of America's scientific journal, Ecology. She also serves on the editorial board of Oregon State University Press. Her books for Island Press include The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving America's Predators, and The Wolf's Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity. She is at work on her third book, Taking the Heat: Wildlife, Food Webs and Extinction in a Warming World, and has received a National Science Foundation Artists & Writers grant to support writing this book. For two decades she lived with her family in a remote, wild corner of northwest Montana, and currently lives in Massachusetts, in a farmhouse near Walden Pond.

EDITOR-AT-LARGE (Issues #12 & #18 Lead Editor): Rick Bass   

Rick Bass is the author of over thirty books of fiction and nonfiction. His most recent novel, All the Land to Hold Us, received France's Prix Laure Bataillon for the best book translated to French, and his memoir, Why I Came West, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In March of 2016, Little, Brown will publish For A Little While: New & Selected Stories. He is a founding board member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council (www.yaakvalley.org), is writer in residence at Montana State University, and teaches in the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA Program. Rick is also the judge for the annual Montana Prize for Fiction Contest. He lives in Montana's Yaak Valley. rickbass.net

FICTION EDITOR (Issues #10 & #14 Lead Editor): Matt Holloway

Matt Holloway lives with his wife, daughter and son in Columbia Falls, Montana and writes when he's not clawing around in the wilderness. His work has appeared in Montana Quarterly, Talking River Journal, Montana Magazine, Big Sky Journal, Montana Headwall, Montana Naturalist, A Natural History of Now: Reports from the Edge of Nature (anthology), the inaugural issue of Whitefish Review, and more. Holloway is the fiction editor for Whitefish Review, lead editor of Whitefish Review Issues #10 & #14 and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop in the summer of 2012. www.matthollowaywriting.com

ART EDITOR: Adam Blue   

Adam Blue completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College and received his MFA from the California College of the Arts. He logged five years between Taos, NM and Steamboat Springs, CO, where his passion for mountain living was fully realized. He now works as part of an incredible team of community arts organizers at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, NH. He would like to take a moment to remind everyone that though the mountains in New England are shorter in stature, they have their own undeniable charm made tastier by maples. A selection of Adam's art can be seen at AdamABlue.com.

ART EDITOR: Monica Pastor   

Growing up in Bigfork, Montana, Monica Pastor hails from Duke University. She earned her MA from the Department of Art, Visual Culture and Theory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1999. She has owned and curated Jest Gallery since 1999. This prominent Whitefish gallery is currently procuring a new downtown location- watch for it in 2016. In addition to Whitefish Review, her heart is vested in enhancing the art scene and other community-building projects in Whitefish. She is a Stumptown Art Studio board member and an avid snowboarder.


A graduate of The University of New Hampshire in 1997 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in fine art, Ian Griffiths got his start in graphic design as the creative manager at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Originally from Boston, he has worked for clients including the Gillette Company, Procter & Gamble and Hasbro, Inc. Ian has over ten years of experience specializing in print collateral, retail design, packaging, interactive, communications and photography. With a passion for skiing, hiking and exploring Glacier National Park, he's back living in the Flathead Valley. His portfolio and photography samples are available online, IanGriffithsDesign.com.


Lyndsay Schott grew up in the suburbs of Boston. After graduating from Colby College in 1995 with a B.A. in Biology, she ventured West to Neverland. Her love of the outdoors guided her to Whitefish, the Last Best Place. She is Wendy with the magic fairy dust of Tinkerbell to this crew of Lost Boys— sometimes you need to sprinkle a little fairy dust around to make things fly. Her favorite part of the process is watching a previously unpublished author read or an artist display their art for the first time at a Whitefish Review event. It's what Whitefish Review is all about.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Sarah Ericson   

Sarah graduated from The University of Wisconsin in 2003 with degrees in English Literature and Women's Studies. Having survived a gypsy upbringing living all over the country, she never thought that a ski trip to Whitefish would result in a permanent home. Sarah is lucky enough to have lived in Whitefish for over a decade, and all the while, her husband has tolerated the ever-burning reading light that sometimes keeps him awake past his bedtime.


Tom Haines teaches nonfiction writing at the University of New Hampshire and enjoys going to the source to find his stories. He has written from more than 40 countries, on topics ranging from coal to cricket, art to revolution. He has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.J. from UC Berkeley, and his work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and others. Find him on Twitter @twhaines.


Benjamin Alva Polley just finished his graduate degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism at the University of Montana. During this time he was awarded an "Outstanding Graduate Career Award." His work has been published in Esquire, Sierra, Bugle "The Magazine of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation," Appalachia Journal (December 2018), Canoe & Kayak, Earth Island Magazine, Lake Superior Magazine, Whitefish Review, Written Rivier, Flathead Living, Literary Orphans, Black Heart Magazine, The Avocet, Montana Headwall, Medium, and in other publications. He is currently writing a book. When he is not writing or reading he is in the mountains.

ISSUE #13—"LUCKY NO. 13" LEAD EDITOR: Pam Houston   

Pam Houston's most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted, published in 2012, by W.W. Norton. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays called A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton. Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, and The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards. She is the Director of Creative Writing at U.C. Davis and teaches in The Pacific University low residency MFA program, and at writer's conferences around the country and the world. She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

ISSUE #9 LEAD EDITOR: Sabine Brigette

Sabine Brigette grew up in East Glacier and Whitefish, Montana. Seeking experiences beyond these mountains, she attended Oxford University in 2010 for the completion of her BA English Literature, and she completed her MFA in Writing & Literature at Bennington College in 2013. She remains proud to call Whitefish her home. She is an Adjunct Professor of English at Flathead Valley Community College. Her poetry and short fiction has been published in The Alchemist Review, Montana Arts & Culture Magazine, The Red Wheelbarrow, NILAS, Fine Lines, The Bennington Review, and the Adirondack Review.