Not Montana-born, but Montana-raised, Autumn Toennis grew up in a small town on the eastern half of the state. Ensconced in a giant family (both immediate and extended) she was passionate about writing from a young age, and read enough that the local librarians knew her by name. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in English Writing from Montana State University, and has spent her time since then following words around the country and the world.
Told recently by her mother, “you were always interested in the far-away places when you were little,” the truth of that comment is found in nearly everything she creates. Whether it is poetry in the spring humidity of Texas, or watercolors in the beginnings of winter in France, her work centers on the idea of being home while wandering, and the wonder in everyday scenes.
Autumn currently resides in Bozeman with the love of her life and a menagerie of plants in their Brooklyn-esque apartment, and works for Open Country Press, a small, independently-run Montana press. In the beginning of May, Open Country is releasing Bright Bones, an anthology of contemporary Montana writing featuring writers from or with a strong connection to the Big Sky State.