visiting writers

Our Visiting Writers program brings eminent authors to Park County for extended stays to enhance and invigorate the landscape of ideas within our rural community.

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visting writers

Our Visiting Writers program brings eminent authors to Park County for extended stays, during which they interact with the public, the local arts community, and regional school children in order to enhance and invigorate the landscape of ideas within our rural community. In turn, our visitors become ambassadors for literary Livingston.

In 2019, we hosted the utterly original mother-son, author/artist/curator team of Maira and Alex Kalman who spent a week-long residency in Park County creating new work, inspiring students at Sleeping Giant Middle School, and giving a standing-room-only talk at the Elks Lodge in Livingston.

Enjoy this video of Maria & Alex Kalman’s visit to Livingston in 2019

The Visiting Writers program has paused due to the pandemic. We expect to resume the program spring 2023.

We are planning a residency for Michael Pollan, a writer and thought leader so original that his work has actually shifted American culture, especially the way we eat and how we think about our place in the natural world.

Author of trailblazing books including The Botany of Desire and How to Change Your Mind, Pollan’s territory is the place “where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds.”

Pollan will work with students enrolled in the Park County Farm to School program and the Livingston Food Resource Center during his stay. His visit will include a public lecture.