© 2010-2017 Elise Atchison








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



Elise Atchison lives in an off-the-grid cabin on the edge of the Absaroka Wilderness in Montana. She earned an English degree 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.


Atchison’s work has appeared in Montana Quarterly, Silk Road Review, Cutthroat Journal, South Dakota Review, Terrain, Jackson Hole Review, Reflections West Radio, and elsewhere, and she was awarded an Artist Grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for her book in progress. Atchison reviews books for Montana Quarterly and is former director of Elk River Arts and Lectures and the Elk River Writers’ Workshop.