Montana Public Radio has received a $20,000 grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation and a $6,000 grant from Humanities Montana. Both grants will support production of “The Write Question,” a weekly literary program that features writers from the western U.S.
The funds will allow producer Chérie Newman to build new relationships with Native American writers and rural communities throughout Montana.
The Steele-Reese Foundation was founded by Emmet and Eleanor Reese and provides grants in rural Kentucky, Idaho and Montana. Humanities Montana is Montana’s independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Since 2007, “The Write Question” has featured writers such as James Lee Burke, Thomas McGuane, Maile Meloy, Rick Bass, Kim Barnes, Barry Lopez, Mary Blew, Karl Marlantas, Judy Blunt, William Kittredge and dozens of poets, including Montana’s poet laureates.
The program presents a mix of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for adults and occasionally young readers. Through social networking, a blog and live presentations, the program is also a networking and education tool that connects regional writers with new readers, students and a worldwide audience.