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Associated Press Missoula leads state with 70

BILLINGS - A map showing where 370 Montana writers reside or used to reside has been prepared by a state association of teachers of English.

The map shows Missoula in the lead, with 70 writers.

Prepared by the Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts, the map also features the names of 44 authors from Billings and 17 from Great Falls.

Small places, such as McLeod, have not been overlooked. The map shows the community south of Big Timber as the home of authors Thomas McGuane and William Hjortsberg.

The map was unveiled Thursday in Big Sky, at the regional conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. Copies will be given to every Montana teacher of English, and to every library in the state.

Montana's last literary map was produced in 1991, by the Montana Authors Coalition.

Partial funding for the new map came from the Montana Committee for the Humanities.

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