Cultivating & Celebrating

Literary Livingston

Welcome to Elk River Arts & Lectures

Elk River Arts & Lectures cultivates and celebrates the literary arts in Park County, enriching lives through free programs for people of all ages. Through our lecture series, storytelling nights, workshops, poetry classes,
and so much more, we encourage community members to be creative, encounter new ideas, and connect with one another.

Our organization brings in a dazzling and diverse array of world-class authors to share their perspectives in public lectures, then interact with students in local classrooms. Other programs enlist the many writers, artists, and creative individuals who give our community its unique character to share their knowledge and passion with others. We draw on the ideas of local youth to help them create their own stories, poems, and publications.

At the same time, Park County’s natural beauty and cultural amenities have made it a popular destination, driving up home prices to the point where working writers struggle to keep a roof over their heads. To combat this trend, we are innovating new ways to keep Livingston’s literary heritage a living legacy, and not an artifact of our history.


Community Book Club:

A Council of Dolls

Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m.

Elk River Books (122 S. 2nd St.) 

To RSVP, email

Want to read and talk about Mona Susan Power’s latest book before her April 4 public lecture? Join us for a Community Book Club discussion of A Council of Dolls — a novel Debra Magpie Earling called “resplendent and deeply compelling—a mighty, dazzling whirlwind of powerful storytelling.”

Our Mission



Expose Park County to diverse ideas to strengthen our community.



Cultivate and celebrate Livingston’s literary heritage.



We advocate for affordable living conditions for the literary arts community.



Enrich the lives of Park County students and residents with educational, entertaining and edifying opportunities.



Enhance and invigorate the landscape of ideas within our rural community.



Provide vibrant programming for our community’s young people.

Livingston’s Literary Heritage

A river of stories runs through us

A brief history of literary Livingston, from Jo Sykes to the Montana Gang and beyond.