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Our Staff

Ken Egan • Executive Director

Ken Egan has served as the executive director of Humanities Montana since 2009. He earned his B.A. in English at the University of Montana, his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught English at Middlebury College, Rocky Mountain College, and Drury University. He served as department and divisional chair at Rocky and Drury and sat on the board of Humanities Montana (then Montana Committee for the Humanities) from 1989 to 1992. Egan is a member of the Leadership Montana Class of 2013. His books include Montana 1864, Hope and Dread in Montana Literature, and Writers Under the Rims: A Yellowstone County Anthology.


Kim Anderson • Director of Programs and Grants

Kim returned to her hometown of Missoula in 1989 and spent the next eleven years caring for her two children and working out of a home office as both a free-lance writer and editor and the executive director of several nonprofit arts organizations. Before returning to Missoula, she worked in New York City as the editor for an international business newspaper, The Journal of Commerce, an associate editor for a national magazine, Quest, an associate editor at Arbor House Publishing, a division of the Hearst Corporation, and as subsidiary rights agent for the literary agency Lescher & Lescher, Ltd. As a free-lance writer articles, essays, fiction and poetry have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Journal of Commerce, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Horizon, The Financial Times, Quest, and others.


Sarah Kahn • Program Officer

Sarah has a Masters in Literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. She received her BA in English from the University of San Francisco. Sarah is particularly interested in bringing the arts and humanities to young people who have limited access. She started a nonprofit, Free Verse Writing Project, which brings the study of literature and creative writing to juvenile detention centers and correctional facilities across Montana. She has also spent three years working for the Missoula Writing Collaborative.


Jason Neal • Digital Communications Specialist

Originally from Bellingham, Washington, Jason moved to Montana in 2007. Although educated in the humanities (B.A. in English literature from the University of Washington, M.F.A. in creative writing from Mills College), he spent much of his professional career working in software design and development for companies in Oakland, Seattle and Washington, DC. Jason has been working on Humanities Montana's websites and various digital initiatives since 2009. In 2014 he and his wife, Lisa Simon, opened Radius Gallery in Missoula.