Coffee House Featuring Idaho's Writer in Residence Christian Winn
The April 27 Spring Coffee House, hosted by the Literary Arts Committee of the Mountain Home Arts Council in partnership with the Cottonwood Collective, will feature a reading and Q&A with Idaho’s Writer in Residence Christian Winn, a fiction writer, poet, and teacher of creative writing at Boise State University. Winn is the founder of the Writers Write fiction workshops, co-founder of Storyfort and the Couch Surfer Artist Series, and a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, and the Boise State University MFA program.
Winn’s new collection of novelettes, What’s Wrong with You is What’s Wrong with Me (Dock Street Press, October 2017), “dances gracefully between characters and places with precise sentences and the care for storytelling we’ve come to expect in Winn’s fiction.” Additionally, his novel, Small Disasters, and his short story collection, Naked Me, are set in the west— Idaho, California, Washington State, Nevada—and peopled with men and women at the fringes, characters on the brink, coming to understand—sometimes overtly, sometimes obliquely —what it means to live in a flawed world. His stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Award, as well as The Best American Mystery Stories. His story, “The Dirtiest Hamburger in the World,” won Gulf Coast’s annual fiction award, and “Rough Cut,” was published in a National Magazine Award-winning issue of McSweeney’s.
Scheduled for Friday, April 27, at the Cottonwood Collective with Elmore Books (230 N 2nd E, Mountain Home), doors will open at 6:30 pm, with the program beginning at 7 pm. Wine, hot beverages, and homemade cookies will be served, and Frank Monasterio will act as master of ceremonies.
A book signing will follow the program, and copies of Winn’s books will be available for purchase.
Other upcoming Arts Council events include Good Co electro-swing band at the Parks & Rec Recreation Activities Center on Thursday, May 3; the Spring Art Show, hosted by the Visual Arts Guild, on May 11 & 12 at the Mountain Home Public Library; and the third Community Canvas of MoHo Reveal on July 4 in Downtown Mountain Home. The Summer Concert Series will also return in July, featuring Blaze & Kelly, Fall Creek String Band, and The Uncalled Four.
About the Arts Council:
The Mountain Home Arts Council entertains, enriches, and educates the community by promoting and presenting varied artistic and cultural activities, while the Literary Arts Committee hosts literary events and produces The Whistle Pig, a Southwest Idaho literary journal. For our full season of events or other information, please visit our website, www.mharts.org, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or call the Arts Council office at 208.587.3706.
About the Cottonwood Collective with Elmore Books:
The mission of the Cottonwood Collective is to promote the work of local artisans, provide the community a welcoming place to purchase exceptional gifts and discerning fine art, and create a comfortable place to gather and learn through classes, events, and shared conversations. Elmore Books sells new and used books. For more information, contact the Cottonwood Collective at 208.587.6659.