© 2010-2016 Elise Atchison








Montana Quarterly
















AN ELK RIVER BOOKS READER: Livingston and Billings Area Writers










The official website of the unofficial Montana author Elise Atchison.



“Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.”  Gustave Flaubert









Pleased to be reading a short story at the Thunderhead Writers’ Collective Incus Night, Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Emerson Cultural Center’s Weaver Room, Bozeman, MT.



UNEARTHING PARADISE: Montana Writers in Defense of Paradise


Thrilled to have a short story, “Trout Tears,” in Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Paradise, Elk River Books Press, December 2016. Edited by Marc Beaudin, Seabring Davis, and Max Hjorstberg, with a foreword by Terry Tempest Williams. Includes works by Rick Bass, Amanda Fortini, Tami Haaland, William Hjortsberg, Jim Harrison, Greg Keeler, Doug Peacock, Shann Ray, and many others.



Montana Quarterly


Book Reviews, Montana Quarterly, Winter Issue, December, 2016.

Edward Unspooled by Craig Lancaster

A Bloom of Bones by Allen Morris Jones

Yellowstone: A Journey Through America’s Wild Heart by David Quammen





Pleased to have a piece, “Land of the Lynx,” paired with artwork by Carrie Wild,  forthcoming in Artists Field Guide to Greater Yellowstone, Katie Holsinger Ed., Torrey House Press, April, 2017.  Includes works by Rick Bass, Gary Ferguson, Doug Peacock, Kelsey K. Sather, Jack Turner, Todd Wilkinson, Terry Tempest Williams, and many others. Thank you Artists Field Guide to Greater Yellowstone!



Montana Quarterly


Book Reviews in Montana Quarterly, Fall Issue, September, 2016.

Fifty-Six Counties by Russell Rowland

The Names of the Stars  by Pete Fromm

Swift Dam by Sid Gustafson

Thank you Montana Quarterly!



Terrain: A Journal of Built + Natural Environments.


Pleased that my short story, “The Last Wild Creatures on Earth,” was a finalist for the Terrain (Dis)placement Fiction Contest. The story was published in Terrain Nov., 2015. Thank you  Terrain: A Journal of Built + Natural Environments!



Silk Road Review


Very pleased to have a short story, “Three Little Ducklings,” published in the spring issue of Silk Road Review, June, 2015. Thank you, Silk Road Review!