The River Poetry Project began in January 2023 with a collaboration between two nonprofit organizations: MWC and American Rivers. MWC writer-in-residence Sam Olson piloted an exercise in creative place-making with seven classes of seventh grade students at C.S. Porter Middle School.
In 2022, MWC writers and students created place poems that tell creative, moving, and often hilarious stories about their towns. The result is a stunning collection of poems highlighting 13 rural, tribal, and town schools in western Montana.