In the early summer of 2014, Bozeman-based authors Kelsey K. Sather and Molly Caro May came together with a vision: to create a space where a literary community could be cultivated. They knew the writer's life can be isolating. They also knew how necessary community is to maintaining a vibrant writing practice.
Molly had been teaching for five years in Bozeman, while Kelsey had recently returned to Montana after finishing graduate school and teaching writing in Utah. As Thunderhead's mission statement makes clear, their primary goal in facilitating workshops and organizing community events is to provide fellow writers with opportunities to expand their craft.
In essence, Thunderhead is about writers supporting writers. It is about providing a place to be heard and to listen. It is about celebrating the ancient art of storytelling, and the infinite ways we can continue to grow as artists of the written word.
Molly is a writer whose work explores body, place, and the foreign. She teaches writing workshop across the country, though once cut her teeth as a fruit-picker, artist's model and at publishing house W.W. Norton in New York City. She has written for Orion Magazine, Salon, feministing, The Hairpin, and Fourth Genre. Her memoir The Map of Enough: One Woman's Search for Place (Counterpoint Press, March 2014) received the ELLE Magazine Lettres Readers Prize. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and lives in Bozeman with her husband, daughter and Great Dane dog. Her next book explore emotional inheritance through the matrilineal lineage.
Kelsey was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley. After living in numerous crevices around the U.S. and abroad, she moved back to Bozeman to take root and share her passion for writing with the community.
Her collection of essays about the Gallatin Valley’s local food system, Pulling Up Beets, earned her an MA in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah and is available at the Country Bookshelf in Bozeman. Other essays and stories by Kelsey have appeared in various journals and magazines and is forthcoming in the anthology Artist's Field Guide to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (Torrey House, April 2017). She currently works on a magical realism novel about the wild. When Kelsey is not teaching or writing, she can be usually be found outside or in the kitchen, enjoying life's pleasures with her husband and their fur babies, Titia and Jehuty.