author bios


Heather E. Bruce is Professor of English-education at The University of Montana-Missoula and Director of the Montana Writing Project. She previously taught English/language arts for 13 years in public schools both at the secondary and elementary levels. She is involved with pedagogical and curricular work that aims to address issues of access, relevance and diversity for students living in poverty and with implementing Montana’s legislative mandate: Indian Education for All. Her book Literacies, Lies and Silences: Girls Writing Lives in the Classroom (Peter Lang, 2003), an ethnographic analysis of Women’s Studies student-writers at Aspen Grove High School, examines the ways in which adolescents compose lives in the writing classroom. Other work has appeared in NCTE volumes Practice in Context (Eds. Miller & Moore) and A Curriculum of Peace (Ed. Monseau). Her articles have also appeared in English Journal, JAC (A quarterly journal for the interdisciplinary study of rhetoric, writing, multiple literacies and politics) and The Quarterly Journal of the National Writing Project. She is at work on a volume, As If Our Lives Depended on Rhetoric: Social Justice Pedagogy in the Post-Civil Rights Era.


Anna E. Baldwin teaches English at Arlee High School on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana and also taught at Two Eagle River School, the tribal alternative school on the same reservation. She is a recipient of the Montana Office of Public Instruction’s Ready-To-Go grants to develop teaching materials for Native American literature. She has presented teaching ideas for Native Literature and other topics at numerous state and national conferences, and her articles and poems have appeared in the English Journal as well as the Montana English Journal.


Christa Umphrey taught high school English, drama and creative writing on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Ronan, Montana for seven years. During this time her classroom was a demonstration site, and she was a mentor teacher with the Montana Heritage Project, a state-wide community-centered education program. She resigned in 2005 to complete her master's degree in English education and her library media endorsement while also teaching composition in the digital writing classroom at the University of Montana. She continues to live and work from her hometown on the reservation and is currently the technology liaison for the Montana Writing Project, the editor of the Journal of the Montana Writing Project and editor of the Montana English Journal, the publication of Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts (MATELA).