Callan Wink Reading

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Callan Wink Reads Monday, March 27th @ 7pm in the Mansfield Library.

Callan Wink is a writer and fly-fishing guide from Livingston, Montana. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Men’s Journal, Ecotone, The Best American Short Stories and others. He is also an NEA Fellowship recipient.


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Submissions are OPEN for Volume X of The Oval: Undergraduate Literary Magazine

To submit, you must be an undergraduate at The University of Montana.

Submissions are outlined as:

  • Two pieces of fiction or of dramatic works, limited to 5,000 words each, double-spaced, submitted as Word documents.
  • Two pieces of non-fiction, limited to 5,000 words each, double-spaced, submitted as Word documents.
  • Five poems, each must be submitted in separate Word documents.
  • Three pieces of visual art.

An individual may submit to more than one genre.

Under Cover Letter/Biography, please include a brief biography written in third person and your UM student ID number (790). Please note that your submission is incomplete without this brief biography.

Submissions for Volume X open November 15, 2016 and close at midnight on February 22nd, 2017.

Submissions are OPEN!

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img_4365The Oval has opened its submission doors for all you undergraduates. Although stuffed from Thanksgiving, our editors are salivating at the chance to review your work!

Please send us your most delicious creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art.

Submission window closes Feb 15th, 2017. Please refer to our Submission tab or Submittable page for guidelines.


Oval 10 Co-Editors

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We are incredibly excited to announce the co-editors for The Oval Volume 10: Stacial Hill & Hanna Ziegler. Both are experienced Ovalites & literati. Please join me in celebrating their promotion.

Bios and facial recognition as follows. . .

Stacia grew up in Missoula and is currently a senior studying wildlife biology. She was first introduced to creative writing when she was part of Big Sky High School’s literary arts magazines Aerie Big Sky and Aerie International. This spring will mark her third year being on the staff of The Oval at the University of Montana. Some of her favorite things include poodles, rabbits, and Montana rivers. She hopes to pursue creative writing more in the coming years.

Hanna is a Senior in the Creative Writing program with minors in Irish Studies, Linguistics, and Media Arts. She has published two short stories with The Oval and has served as the co-editor for The Oval’s Fiction Board and as a member of the design and layout team. She plans to attend graduate school for book publishing, become a book editor and one day work for Penguin Random House. This is her second year working with The Oval.


Lorilee Evans-Lynn Memorial Service

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Dear Friends of Aerie,

Aerie hearts are heavy this week. It is with tremendous sorrow that we inform you of the death of Aerie’s longtime advisor and our beloved teacher, mentor, and friend Lorilee Evans-Lynn. Lorilee passed away on Friday September 23, 2016 in Mount Vernon, WA following a short but aggressive battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday October 5, from 7-8:30PM at the UC Ballroom at The University of Montana in Missoula. Lorilee’s radiant personality, intense revision notes, and loud singing will be missed in Room 44 at Big Sky High School and this week our hearts are with Lorilee’s family and friends.

The Aerie Magazine program is reeling from an enormous loss as we prepare for Aerie International’s tenth year, but we are committed to honoring Lorilee’s tenacity and passion as we move forward this year. Past Aerie members, please know that our doors are always open. We hope you will write and visit and share your wisdom and your memories with us. Board members and friends, thank you for your support of this program from the beginning. We need you now more than ever. Lorilee created a family in this classroom and that still exists here. If there’s anything we have learned from Lorilee during her time with us, it is this: Words Matter.

We are grateful to Lorilee Evans-Lynn for giving so many young writers a home and establishing a community to support them. Thank you for being our community.

With Love,

Becca Carson


Aerie Magazine Program

Episode 155 – Melissa Stephenson / Louis

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Episode 155 – Melissa Stephenson / Louise Gluck – Melissa Stephenson reflects on an interesting parallel between a dormant voice and an iris rhizome. She pairs her thoughts with a poem by Louise Gluck, winner of the Pulitzer prize for poetry in 1993.

Episode 154 – David Allan Cates / Robert

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Episode 154 – David Allan Cates / Robert Hass – David Allan Cates reflects on life’s conflicts and contradictions, and their capacity to bring us into balance. He pairs his thoughts with a poem by Robert Hass, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008..