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Russell Rowland


Russell Rowland

Russell Rowland was born in Bozeman, Montana, in 1957. His first novel, In Open Spaces, made the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and was named among the "Best of the West 2002" by the Salt Lake City Tribune. It received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly.

Rowland's second novel, The Watershed Years, has garnered rave reviews. The Missoulian said, "Rowland writes with precision about the fabric of people's lives - fabric that sometimes flutters smoothly, but that sometimes is tattered by family conflicts."

Rowland lives in his home town of Billings, where he teaches at the Gotham Writers' Workshops. He has taught at Boston University and was a writer in residence at St. Mary's College. Russell holds a BA from Pacific Lutheran University and an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He also offers private consulting for fellow writers, and is available for public readings and speaking engagements. He has been a frequent guest speaker for business organizations throughout Montana.

Rowland was a MacDowell fellow in 2005, and his work has appeared in numerous publications.

Russell Rowland

Books by Russell Rowland

by Russell Rowland

Set in the vast and unforgiving prairie of eastern Montana from 1916 to 1946, In Open Spaces is the compelling story of the Arbuckle brothers. With breathtaking descriptions of the Montana landscape, Russell Rowland masterfully weaves a fascinating tale of the psychological wars that can rip a family apart...and, ultimately, the redemption that can bring them back together.