Russell Rowland was born in Bozeman, Montana, in 1957. His first novel, In Open Spaces, made the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and was named among the "Best of the West 2002" by the Salt Lake City Tribune. It received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly.
Rowland's second novel, The Watershed Years, was recently released and has garnered rave reviews. The Missoulian says, "Rowland writes with precision about the fabric of people's lives - fabric that sometimes flutters smoothly, but that sometimes is tattered by family conflicts."
Rowland recently moved back to his home town of Billings, where he teaches at Montana State University and with the Gotham Writers' Workshops. He has taught at Boston University and was a writer in residence at St. Mary's College. Russell holds a BA from Pacific Lutheran University and an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He also offers private consulting for fellow writers, and is available for public readings and speaking engagements. He has been a frequent guest speaker for business organizations throughout Montana.
Rowland was a MacDowell fellow in 2005, and his work has appeared in several publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, The Big Sky Journal, a story compilation called Literary Cash, a collection of stories inspired by the music of Johnny Cash, and Roger, the literary journal from Roger Williams University. His story, "Ed Got a Job," which appeared in the online journal failbetter.com, was nominated for the Million Writer's Award. And he will be the featured author in December's edition of the online journal The Smoking Poet.