Cultivating & Celebrating

Literary Livingston

Elk River Arts & Lectures fosters connection through literary arts programming.

Happening now! 

Give a Hoot 2024

July 1-31, 2024 (early giving starts June 24!)

GIVE A HOOT is Park County’s 6th annual community-wide online giving challenge to support nonprofit causes, hosted by the Park County Community Foundation. It takes place from July 1 – 31, 2024 and Elk River Arts & Lectures is thrilled to be a part of it!

How does GIVE A HOOT work? Starting July 1st, donors can make gifts to participating nonprofits by giving online, sending a check made out to the Park County Community Foundation as well as an official donor form to the Park County Community Foundation (P.O. Box 2199 Livingston, MT 59047), or stopping by the GIVE A HOOT Headquarters (104 S. Main Street in Livingston).

We will receive 100% of the gifts designated to Elk River Arts & Lectures through the GIVE A HOOT campaign AND those gifts will be  partially matched by the Park County Community Foundation! Donations can start as small as $5 but they all add up to a big impact. Visit our campaign page to get involved:

Thank you for helping us make sure that Literary Livingston continues to thrive.


Story slam! A walk on the wild side

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 at 7 p.m.

Elk River Books (122 S. 2nd Street)

Come on out for ERAL’s first-ever STORY SLAM! The theme is A Walk on the Wild Side. Free event! 

How it will work: Storytelling Night alumni storytellers and the public will be invited to throw their names in a hat. Those chosen will have the opportunity to tell their short (5-minute max), true, first-person, wild-side stories in front of a supportive audience!

No registration required. Questions? Email

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.