Russell Rowland's first novel, In Open Spaces (Harpercollins 2002), made the San Francisco Chronicle's bestseller list and was named one of the Best of the West by the Salt Lake City Tribune. Both In Open Spaces and The Watershed Years (Riverbend 2007) are loosely based on Rowland's maternal grandparents, who were pioneer ranchers in southeastern Montana. He has been a MacDowell fellow, and a Writer-in-Residence at St. Mary's College. Rowland, who has an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, recently returned to his home state after a twenty-year absence, and he teaches with Gotham Writing Workshops. He is also co-editor, along with Lynn Stegner, an anthology of western writers exploring what it means to be from the West and how they see the Western identity changing. This collection, entitled WEST OF 98: LIVING AND WRITING THE NEW AMERICAN WEST, was released by the University of Texas Press in the fall of 2011, and it includes writings from Larry McMurtry, Louise Erdrich, Ursula Le Guin, Jim Harrison, Gretel Ehrlich, Rick Bass, and sixty other writers from every state West of the 98th meridian.
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Harpercollins, Riverbend Publishing, University of Texas Press
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