Second Wind Reading Series Spring Finale

Sunday, May 1 // Doors at 7 PM // Readings begin at 7:30 PM // Free & Open to All // *Please be advised: This performance may contain adult themes and language. The Second Wind Reading Series is a public reading series pairing students in University of Montana’s Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers.  Join us for our final event of the Spring season where we will have three 2nd year MFA students reading: Annie Kolle, Emmett Knowlton, and Mark Spero. ANNIE KOLLEAnnie grew up in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Tufts University with a BA in English. Since then, she’s taught English in New Mexico, worked in publishing in New York, and waitressed in Missoula. She is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at The University of Montana and her work has been published in The Madison Review and Shark Reef. Her great loves include Fiona Apple and her dog, Gately, and she’ll talk your ear off about both.EMMETT KNOWLTONEmmett Knowlton is a second-year fiction candidate in the University of Montana’s MFA program and a retired glamping butler. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey and graduated from Amherst College. Before moving to Montana, he worked in production at HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ and has also written about sports for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Insider. His fiction has appeared in The Masters Review and MAYDAY Magazine, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and recently won first place in the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Contest. He’s thrilled to be reading for you tonight.MARK SPEROMark Spero is pursuing an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Literary Studies at the University of Montana. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mark received a BA in English at Grinnell College before moving to New York to pursue a career in live music production. His work has been awarded the Madeline DeFrees Prize from the Academy of American Poets, selected by Phillip B. Williams. His writing can be found in the American Journal of Poetry. When not writing, Mark can be found listening or playing music, biking, reading, or ranting, sometimes about capitalism, sometimes about queerness, and mostly about nothing. To learn more about the series visit For further information, accessibility, and inquiries please visit