Susan Swetnam

Idaho Women Writers

From the earliest days of settlement in Idaho, women writers have produced fiction, poetry, and nonfiction literary forms like personal histories and journals. This presentation provides an introduction to the state’s rich heritage of women writers, ranging from those who wrote primarily for themselves and their families (LDS pioneer women, for instance), to nationally known writers like Mary Hallock Foote, Carol Ryrie Brink, Grace Jordan, and Mary Blew. It includes an overview of the variety of themes, styles, and forms that Idaho’s women writers have chosen; biographical sketches of several representative writers; and samples of their work. Bibliographies for further reading are included.