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Montana Western professor to attend art retreat.

July 24, 2015

A previous participant in the colony, Davis said he expects the experience to be extremely helpful in advancing his various projects and skills.

“I look forward to going back.” Davis said, “With the hierarchal barrier between teachers and students gone, I will be able to share ideas with young artists and writers which opens me up to new perspectives and ideas.”

The community is an international artist retreat in the hills of northern Vermont and is the biggest art colony in the United States accepting only fifty residence at any given time.

Artists and writers attend to learn, enjoy the setting, and share their artwork, poetry and short stories.

Davis earned an MFA in fiction at the University of Montana and a Ph.D in English at the University of Nebraska.

He has lived in Dillon since 2012 teaching at Montana Western and raising his family after establishing a career as an accomplished fiction writer, journalist, editor and professor.

Recently his manuscript of short stories, “Why Don’t You Kill Me?,” was named a finalist for the 2015 Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Davis described the book as a collection of linked short stories.