• Lori Messenger on Flathead Lake with daughter
    677-2224 ext. 5728

    During my rural Colorado and Idaho childhood I followed a lot of deer and cow paths. They never ran straight, which is also how my various careers have proceeded.  I earned an undergraduate degree in English at Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, Washington, but followed my own passion for cross-country ski racing into work as a junior Nordic coach for six years.  When I decided to go to graduate school in creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh, my manuscript on women in smokejumping drew me into that fiery world and I worked on hotshot crews and as a smokejumper out of Missoula for a decade, meeting my husband Scott in the process.  


    Throughout it all I have been a reader and writer - exploring my experiences in articles for publication in anthologies and magazines. Injuries and raising a family led me back to the U of Montana, where I earned my masters’ in English education.  My love of literature now inspires me to share how reading can enrich our lives and writing challenges us to think and speak and become who we want to be.  Entering my fourth year of teaching at Seeley-Swan, I am appreciating the curiosity, energy, resiliency, humor, and downright goodness of the teen-agers that I get to spend my days with.


    When I am not planning classes or responding to student papers, I am wandering in wild places with my family; supporting daughter, Freya (13), and son, Virgil (9), to raise hogs and chickens for the fair;  weeding the vegetable garden (summer) or grabbing a ski (winter).  I enjoy the smoothness of the groomed trails, but still point myself to make new trails at least a few times each year.