Poet and non-fiction author CMarie Fuhrman of McCall has been named Idaho Writer in Residence by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Fuhrman’s application was reviewed anonymously by a panel of out-of-state judges and was selected based on writing samples, professional accomplishments and audio samples of her reading from her work. According to the review panel, “Furhman is an expert writer with compelling views. Her work draws in the reader, conveying an intimate tone with strong emotional force and challenges us to see narrative structure in new ways.” Idaho’s Writer in Residence is the highest literary recognition accorded an Idaho writer and those selected embody preeminent quality in the literary field. In assuming the title of Writer in Residence Fuhrman joins literary luminaries such as Diane Raptosh (2013), Anthony Doerr (2007) and Kim Barnes (2004). Fuhrman will receive $10,000 and serve a two-year term, starting July 1, 2021, during which she will give at least four readings annually throughout the state.

CMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo 2019). She has published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals including Emergence MagazineYellow Medicine ReviewCutthroat a Journal of the ArtsWhitefish ReviewPoetry NorthwestPlatform Review, as well as several anthologies. CMarie is a regular columnist for the Inlander, translations editor for Broadsided Press, non-fiction editor for High Desert Journal, and Director of the Elk River Writers Workshop. She teaches nature writing and poetry for the low residency MFA at Western Colorado University. She resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho with her partner Caleb and their dogs Carhartt and Cisco.

According to Fuhrman, “I have been writing in some form for many years, but it wasn’t until after the death of my young husband and the discovery of my biological mother’s Ute tribal identity that my poetry and prose took on greater focus and urgency. My efforts as a writer are in the tradition of literary storytelling, and my hope is that, by sharing my own personal experiences, I can celebrate the beauty of and bear witness to the difficulties of others, especially underrepresented voices, while encouraging heightened self-recognition, education, healing, and protection of the land.”

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Stefan Karlsson received his MFA in Poetry from the University of California-Irvine, where he served as the poetry editor for Faultline, UCI’s Journal of the Arts and Literature, and taught as a Composition Lecturer. He is currently based in Long Beach, CA.

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