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MFA Program Helps Launch Storyfort at Treefort Music Fest

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 2:01 pm / March 17, 2014

Storyfort LogoBook-loving Boise treats writers like rock stars, so why not add a lineup of fiction writers, poets and storytellers to the burgeoning Treefort Music Fest?

The first-ever Storyfort, March 20-23 at the Arts and History Sesqui-Shop, will be a mix of readings, panels, music and story slams. It’s the work of many hands in the literary and music community, said author Christian Winn, one of the organizers.

Winn, who teaches creative writing at Boise State, said The Cabin, Boise State’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, local bookstores, Story Story Night and others helped launch the event.

Storyfort joins other 2014 newbies: Hackfort, Yogafort and Film Fest in the expanded Treefort.

Boise State’s involvement includes bringing writer Jessica Anthony to town as part of its MFA Reading Series. Anthony is the author of the award-winning “The Convalescent.”

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Christian Winn

Winn will moderate a publishing panel that includes Boise State’s literary journal, The Idaho Review, and poetry publisher Ahsahta Press. MFA program graduate Tyler McMahon, author of “How The Mistakes Were Made,” will participate in the panel and read from his novel about a Seattle band.

Other events include Jeff Chu, author of “Does Jesus Really Love Me?” and editor-at-large for Fast Company.

Events are free to those with Treefort wristbands and open to the public if space allows.

Winn said Storyfort organizers hope it will grow into more.

“We’d like to have Storyfort-type of events throughout the year,” he said. The group hopes to raise money to perhaps bring authors Dennis Johnson and Claire Vaye Watkins next year.

So, that glass of wine or beer you buy at Storyfort? That will help raise money for next year’s literati.

And in the meantime, look for Winn’s story collection “Naked Me,” which will be published by Dock Street Press in July.

See a list of Storyfort events at http://treefortmusicfest.com/storyfort.