Almost a year after the July 2015 publication of his short story collection Naked Me, Boise author Christian Winn was named Writer in Residence by the Idaho Commission on the Arts the morning of May 20.
"I value writing so much in my own life, my immediate community and in all the far reaches of this wonderful state that it excites me, and kind of blows me away, to have been given the opportunity to represent Idaho as an ambassador of the written word," he wrote in a statement released Friday morning.
Winn, a former Boise Weekly staff writer, has, in addition to his story collection, written for McSweeney's, The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal, Ploughshares and Chattahoochee Review. This fall, Dock Street Press will release a second collection of stories by Winn, What's Wrong With You Is What's Wrong With Me.
Beyond authorship, Winn is active in Boise's broader literary community, helping organize Storyfort events at Treefort Music Fest, the Death Rattle Writers Festival, Couch Surfer Series and the upcoming Campfire Stories, which will begin Monday, June 2, and run every second Monday through September at the Modern Hotel and Bar. Winn is also an instructor in creative writing at Boise State University and The Cabin literary center, and a regular Boise Weekly Fiction 101 Contest judge.
Winn will serve a three-year term as Writer in Residence beginning July 1 and be awarded $10,000. He will also give four annual readings—eight of which will be in rural communities.
He was selected by panelists including former Wallace Stegner Fellow and novelist Val Brelinski, Montana Poet Laureate Michael Earl Craig, and authors Peter Montford and Deborah Reed.
Preceding Winn in the role of Idaho Writer in Residence are luminaries Kim Barnes (2004), Anthony Doerr (2007), Brady Udall (2010) and Diane Raptosh (2013).