MARCH 20 - 24, 2019


Storyfort is a unique literary and storytelling festival within the larger arts and music festival, Treefort Music Fest. Storyfort is all about great writing and compelling narrative, bringing in top-notch authors, poets, journalists, spoken word artists, memoirists, refugee storytellers, podcasters and much more.


As part of Treefort Music Fest, Storyfort is able to offer its artists and attendees an experience unlike any other literary festival – one full of vigor, excitement, knowledge and wide-ranging cultural, political, and artistic insights. As a major component of Treefort Music Fest, Storyfort artists bring their powerful narratives beyond the literary festival, infusing voice, wisdom, and story to the overall scope of a festival that brings music, technology, yoga, culinary arts, craft beer and cider, performance art, and comedy to the Pacific Northwest.

Storyfort’s mission is to keep its events free and open to the public, and to continue to perpetuate great art and discourse in the Boise community and far beyond. Storyfort has grown from approximately 500 attendees in 2014 to 2,600 in 2018.


Christian Winn, Storyfort Director

Christian Winn is a fiction writer, poet, teacher of writing, and lover of great stories, interesting humans, the occasional card game, Miranda July, The Mountain Goats, Jennifer Egan, and this amazing thing called Treefort. He is the co-founder of Storyfort and is stoked to see Storyfort move into its sixth year as a bigger, badder, kickass celebration of story!

Re Zickau. Storyfort Assistant Director

RE Zickau is a queer librarian, reader, and story-collector. RE has a BA in Literature from Boise State University, and a MLIS from San Jose State University. RE believes in equitable access to information, intersectional feminism, and the power of good words. Outside of work, RE loves baking desserts, exploring Boise, discovering new authors and poets, and binging on podcasts. This is RE’s third year with Storyfort.

Grace Lovera, Storyfort Assistant

Grace Lovera has lived in Boise since 2006. Even with generous doses of travel and living outside of the country for a period of time, Boise has always felt like her home. Grace believes that storytelling is a wonderful way to share in the collective human experience and build connections with others. In her spare time she can be found writing, making short films, and/or collecting useless thrifted goods, oh and she is also currently a student at Boise State University working on a BFA in Narrative Arts. This will be Grace’s third year with Storyfort.

Joe Davidson, Storyfort Assistant

Joe Davidson started out as the ultimate Storyfort fanboy and somehow managed to sneak his way on to the team. He is currently in the process of obtaining a BFA in Fiction at Boise State University, and when he’s not getting thoroughly involved with stories he’s probably out playing with his dog.

Amy Burton, Storyfort Intern

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Amy has bounced around Boise and the Pacific Northwest since 1987. She has a BFA in theatre from the University of Idaho and is currently pursuing an associates in creative writing from the College of Western Idaho. She loves to read, journal, bake cookies, sew, do yoga, and enjoys spending time with her partner Noble and their dog, Chimichanga.

Forest Gerlach, BSU Intern

Forest Gerlach has been in love with storytelling in its many forms ever since he created a four-page comic for fun in kindergarten.  He is only a few months away from a BA in Rhetoric & Composition, but he wants to explore every possible opportunity to learn.  Outside of writing and school, he enjoys finding new recipes to cook, trails to hike, and music to listen to.  He’s okay at Super Smash Bros too.

2019 Storyfort Lineup!

Tommy Orange

Camille Acker

NPR’s Kirk Siegler – Life in Paradise After the Fire

Jamie Ford

Sarah Manguso

Reema Zaman

Tara Conklin

Bridget Quinn

Ashley Toliver

Jonathan Evison

Janalyn Guo

Erin Rose Belair

Border Stories – Modern Immigration

Dora Ramirez

Ester Ceja

Maria Andrade

Rixa Rivera

Daniel Ortiz-Lopez

Ben Stein

Rebecca Evans

Ameerah Bader

Tracy Sunderland

Larry Rosen

That Was EPIC – Stories of Failure, Folly, Fandom and Fame

Poetry and Mimosas

Tooth & Bristle: A Reading Series

Jake Black

Andrew Wiscomb

A Guide to Crying in Public

Zack M. Evans

Michael Green

Veronique Giwe Tongbi

Kasey Allen

Bethany Martinez

Kimberly Azzarito

Huma Aatifi

“It’s Tough Being a Werewolf” By Amethyst Tagney

Daniel Giron

Amy Granger

Telling it Strange

Wendy Peppercorn

Gaelynn Lea in Conversation

Sarah Gardner

Jennifer Kite-Powell

Sara Behunin

Chris Longo – Den of Geek

Ben Chappell

The Lucky One – A Refugee’s Story

Linqua Franqa

Matthew Melton

Genuine Wrestleboys

Jacqui Reiko Teruya

Katie Miller

Tessy Ward

Lacey Daley

Erin Nelson

Amanda Peacher

Nisha Jae Newton

Gaelynn Lea

Frankie Barnhill

Timothy Randall

Laura Veirs – Songwriting Workshop

C.J. Boyd

Activating Queer Spaces: A Dialogue

Wafaa Alwan

That Baseball Show

We Choose All of Us – Stories Toward Liberation

Catherine Kyle

Riley Johnson

Building Boise Podcast

Andy O

Patty Costello, Author

Malia Collins

Michelle Crosby

Neel V. Patel

Alex Jangard

Emily Ruth Herbster

The Dork Forest

This is Wack – Why Isn’t Idaho Hip Hop Taken Seriously

Dalton Tiegs

Nate Hegyi

Ann Lemay, WB Games Montréal

Matt Stone

Sena Clara Creston

The Human Library – Challenging Stereotypes and Prejudices

Joel Wayne

Drag Queen Story Hour

DJ Winkle

Gwen Ayres


NOT ONE MORE – Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America

Layla Bagwell

Mary Pauline Lowry

Jimmy Bowman

Ceri Young, WB Games Montréal

Derek Oster

Esai Saldana

Nicholas Darlington

Choose Your Own Adventure: Micro D&D

Big Stories of the Modern West – Journalists Break it Down

Leta Harris Neustaedter

Refugee Artisans – Quilting a Narrative

The Poetry Confessional

Corey Mitchell

Writing & Illustration Workshop with Brandy Brune and Tara Kennedy

Kate Concannon

Dark Tank

Brandon Mizrahi

Evan Leacox

Gina Gregerson

Lisa Hunter

Lyd Havens

Idaho Reports: Live

Penelope Windsor

Rebecca Sweetland

Caitie Fredrickson

Stephen Covell

Peace Corps Stories

Heather Sweeney

Cocktail Stories

Charlotte Iradukunda

Alyssa Wainaina

Cassandra Perez

Storay Faizi

Dani Elizabeth

Shadi Ismail

Melissa Davlin

Maria Shefa

Laura Veirs

Nell Josephine

Why Podcasting Sucks and Why We Still Love It

Nick Quah

CL Young

Briana Kimball

Lindsey Appell

Jessica Hernandez

Minerva Jayne

Erin Rose Belair & Migration Theory: Love, Loss, and Letting Go (or not)

Benjamin Schmitt

Hannah Ball

Daphne Stanford

CWI Presents: Writing the Novel with Jamie Ford and Jonathan Evison at Storyfort

Sally Mwangi