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Reframing Rural

Megan Torgerson grew up in one of the most geographically remote corners of the United States: Sheridan County, Montana. In the decade since leaving the dryland wheat farm and black angus cattle ranch on which she was raised, Megan became painfully aware of pervasive stereotypes and incomplete narratives on rural America. Beginning with stories from the prairie homeplace of her youth, Megan strips the stigma from “Red America” with storytelling from farmers and ranchers, preachers and teachers, and professionals in the oil and gas industry.


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Megan Torgerson

Hailing from the windswept Great Plains of Dagmar, Montana, Megan Torgerson is the creator of the original podcast series Reframing Rural. Megan holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a BA in English with a creative nonfiction emphasis from the University of Montana. Fueled by storytelling’s ability to bridge divides, Megan divides her time between producing audio stories, copywriting, grant writing for other artist-activists based in Seattle, Washington and working as a farmhand on the ancestral Assiniboine land of her family’s farm in Northeastern Montana.


Reframing Rural was awarded the 2020 residency and fellowship from Guest House Cultural Capital Residency in Richland, Washington, and is the recipient of a Seattle Office of Arts & Culture smART Ventures grant and a 4Culture Cultural Relief Fund award.