Jamil KochaiJamil Jan Kochai is the author of 99 Nights in Logar (Viking, 2019), a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. He was born in an Afghan refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, but he originally hails from Logar, Afghanistan. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Short Stories 2021. Currently, he is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His second book The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories (Viking, 2022) will be published next summer.

Kochai’s short story “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak” will be read by a local actor [TBD].


Caroline PattersonCaroline Patterson is the author of The Stone Sister, winner of the Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press. She published the collection, Ballet at the Moose Lodge, a literary anthology Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart and two children’s books on the natural world. Her work has been included in anthologies including A Million Acres, Montana Noir, Bright Bones, and The New Montana Story. A graduate of the University of Montana creative writing program in fiction, she was awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction at Stanford University, the Joseph Henry Jackson Prize from the San Francisco Foundation, a Vogelstein Foundation Award, the Henfield Foundation, and the Montana Arts Council Fellowship. She was awarded residencies at Ucross, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale (forthcoming). She is currently the executive director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative, which places writers to teach creative writing in more than 39 elementary schools in rural, urban, and reservation schools across western Montana. She lives with her husband, writer Fred Haefele, in the Missoula home her great-grandfather built in 1906 on the banks of the Clark Fork River where, he told his five-year-old son back in Chicago, they could throw stones in the water and the family could come and “cut out all worrying.” Her two grown children visit on Sundays for dinner and laundry.

An excerpt of Patterson’s novel The Stone Sister will be read by a local actor [TBD].