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!

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.

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.

2019 Storyfort Lineup!

Tommy Orange

Camille Acker

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

Jamie Ford

Reema Zaman

Sarah Manguso

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

Peace Corps Stories

Activating Queer Spaces: A Dialogue

Big Stories of the Modern West – Journalists Break it Down

Linqua Franqa

DJ Winkle

Katie Miller

Riley Johnson

Larry Rosen

Catherine Kyle

Lyd Havens

Lacey Daley

Amanda Peacher

CL Young

Benjamin Schmitt

Gaelynn Lea

Michael Green

Bethany Martinez

Mary Lowry

Ann Lemay, WB Games Montréal

Tessy Ward

Kate Concannon

Rebecca Evans

Erin Nelson

Lindsey Appell

Laura Veirs – Songwriting Workshop

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

That Baseball Show

Amy Granger

Gaelynn Lea in Conversation

Huma Aatifi

Jennifer Kite-Powell

Leta Harris Neustaedter

Timothy Randall

Evan Leacox

Andy O

Daphne Stanford

Sara Behunin

Melissa Davlin

A Guide to Crying in Public

Ben Chappell

All Fantasy Everything

Layla Bagwell


Frankie Barnhill

Jimmy Bowman

Building Boise Podcast

Derek Oster

Maria Shefa

Nisha Jae Newton

Idaho Reports: Live

Genuine Wrestleboys

Briana Kimball

Refugee Artisans – Quilting a Narrative

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

Tooth & Bristle: A Reading Series

Cassandra Perez

Telling it Strange

Gwen Ayres

Cocktail Stories

The Poetry Confessional

Alyssa Wainaina

Why Podcasting Sucks and Why We Still Love It

Storay Faizi

Joel Wayne

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

Zack M. Evans

Nick Quah

Kimberly Azzarito

Rebecca Sweetland

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

Jessica Hernandez

Sarah Gardner

Charlotte Iradukunda

Malia Collins

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

Emily Ruth Herbster

Esai Saldana

Neel V. Patel

Writing & Illustration Workshop with Brandy Brune and Tara Kennedy

Matt Stone

Drag Queen Story Hour

The Human Library – Challenging Stereotypes and Prejudices

Michelle Crosby

Alex Jangard

Wafaa Alwan

Poetry and Mimosas

C.J. Boyd

The Dork Forest

We Choose All of Us – Stories Toward Liberation

Chris Longo – Den of Geek

Patty Costello, Author

Tracy Sunderland

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

Dalton Tiegs

Laura Veirs

The Lucky One – A Refugee’s Story

Kasey Allen

Matthew Melton

Veronique Giwe Tongbi

Ceri Young, WB Games Montréal