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Sowilo Press









Artists Field Guide to Greater Yellowstone


Trinity University Press










Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Paradise


Elk River Books Press








An Elk River Books Reader: Livingston and Billings Area Writers


Bangtail Press








Montana Quarterly








Elk River Arts & Lectures









“I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten

and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world

in which everything fits, but instead am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I’ve come to

care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my

dearest companions, and whose beauty beats and shines not in its imperfections but

overwhelmingly in spite of them, under the wind-rent clouds, upstream and down.”

Annie Dillard



Elise Atchison has lived most of her life in an off-the-grid home on the edge of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in Montana. She received a B.A. in English/Writing from Montana State University. Much of her work focuses on the changing western landscape and how those changes affect the land and the people who live there. She is interested in exploring the many ways we relate to the natural world, the many ways we relate to each other, and how the two are fundamentally intertwined.


Elise Atchison is the author of Crazy Mountain (Sowilo Press, 2022). Atchison is the recipient of the Eludia Book Award, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award, Montana Arts Council Artist Grant, and she has been a finalist for many other awards. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, radio, and elsewhere.



“Life is but a continual succession of opportunities for surviving."

Gabriel Garcia Marquez