Elk River Arts and Lectures

Elk River Arts & Lectures is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing great writers, artists and lecturers to Livingston, Montana. We seek to provide educational, entertaining and edifying opportunities for the people of southwest Montana in the form of readings, lectures, discussions and workshops presented by national and regional authors and other artists.


Board of Trustees

Elise Atchison
Elise lives in an off-the-grid cabin on the edge of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in Montana. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Montana Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Jackson Hole Review, An Elk River Books Reader, Cutthroat Journal, Owen Wister Review, Reflections West Radio, and elsewhere, and she recently received an artist grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for her novel-in-progress. Elise reviews books for Montana Quarterly. More information at eliseatchison.com.

Kelly Dick
Kelly has taught English and Psychology at Park High School for the past 14 years. He was born and raised in Butte, Montana, and currently resides in Livingston with his son Ezra.

Joan Kresich
Joan is a long time teacher who has recently turned her attention to restorative justice as a trainer and practitioner. She is the author of Picturing Restorative Justice and the co-founder of HOOP Community Circles in Livingston, Montana. She is also a poet, with her poems have appeared in CounterPunch, Chrysalis Reader, and Adanna Literary Journal, among others.

Laurel Peacock
Laurel is an independent sustainability consultant with extensive experience in stakeholder collaboration, organizational development, program management and advocacy for the natural environment. At Blu Skye, a leading boutique consulting firm in San Francisco, she worked with companies to develop and implement strategic initiatives to create sustainable value including Wal-Mart, Staples, Nestle Purina and Alcoa. She authored dozens of briefing papers on a variety of sustainability issues and is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at the San Francisco State Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business. Prior to Blu Skye, Laurel worked in marketing and public relations for a multinational winery in Napa Valley. She was awarded a BA in Psychology and Leadership from Claremont McKenna College and earned an MBA from San Francisco State University in 2010.

Linnea Pritchard
Linnea worked in New York publishing for years before moving to California, where she taught literature and cultural anthropology at the college level, designed gifted programs and alternative schooled her children. Freelance writing in the Bay area for environmental organizations led to a position with The Nature Conservancy managing the San Juan Island Preserves in Washington.

Natalie Storey
Natalie Storey currently teaches English at Park High. She holds a B.A. from the University of Montana in English literature and journalism, a MFA in creative writing from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in education from Montana State University and a high school diploma from Park High School. She is a former Fulbright scholar to Morocco, where she taught at Hassan II Ben M’sik University in Casablanca, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where she taught English in a public K-12 school. She has taught creative writing, literature and composition at Penn State. Her writing has been published in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The Montana Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, The Rumpus and many others.

Maryanne Vollers
Maryanne is an author, journalist and producer based in Livingston, Montana. A former editor at Rolling Stone magazine, Vollers reported for Time and NBC News from Africa. Her work has been published in magazines including Esquire, Mother Jones and The New York Times Magazine, among many others. She is a noted ghostwriter who has collaborated on projects with Jerri Nielsen, Connie Rice, Sissy Spacek, Hillary Clinton and Ashley Judd. Vollers’ books include Lone Wolf and Ghosts of Mississippi, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Marc Beaudin – Secretary
Marc is a co-owner of Elk River Books and the author of Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals and co-editor of Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone. He was a founder and artistic director of the 303 Collective, a non-profit radical arts and theatre group in Saginaw, Michigan. Before that, he was a founder and artistic director of Saginaw’s Collective Artists Gallery. Currently he is the artistic director of the Caldera Theatre Company. His poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and collected into the book The Moon Cracks Open: A Field Guide to the Birds and Other Poems. His plays have been produced at theaters in Michigan, Montana and Minneapolis. More information is at eliseatchison.com.

Andrea Peacock – Treasurer
Andrea is an author and journalist who has covered Western politics and environmental news for more than two decades. She has written two books, Libby, Montana: Asbestos and the Deadly Silence of an American Corporation, and The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears (co-authored with Doug Peacock). A former editor of the Missoula Independent, she received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship for her work on a project about the ways oil and gas development affects communities in the West. She is the co-owner of Elk River Books in Livingston, Montana.


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