Caroline Patterson — Executive Director
Caroline Patterson is the executive director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative. Patterson has been teaching for the Missoula Writing Collaborative since 2009 and at the University of Montana-Missoula since 2002. The author of Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart, two children’s books on the natural world, Patterson has published numerous short stories in journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Outside, Southwest Review and Seventeen, and was awarded fellowships including the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction and an award from the San Francisco Foundation and the Henfield Foundation. She has a story collection, Ballet at the Moose Lodge, forthcoming in spring 2016.
Sheryl Noethe — Artistic Director
Sheryl Noethe is both Artistic Director and a writer-in-residence for the Missoula Writing Collaborative. She is co-author of the teaching text Poetry Everywhere, now in its third printing. She is the recipient of a Montana Arts Council Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the CutBank Hugo Prize, a McKnight Prize for Literature, an American Academy of Poetry Award, an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize, and other honors for her poetry. In 2004 she received the Cultural Achievement Award from the Missoula Cultural Council for her work in Missoula schools. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, and she has published four collections of poetry: The Descent of Heaven Over the Lake; Ghost Openings, which won a Northwest Publisher’s Best Book Award; As Is; and Grey Dog Big Sky. In 2011 Sheryl became Montana’s fourth Poet Laureate, an honor she held until 2013.
Sheryl’s role in the founding of the Missoula Writing Collaborative is the subject of Mackenzie Enich’s short film, “Notes From a Poet and a One Eyed Cat.” Watch it here.