Modern Event


This Spring, Campfire Stories returns to the Modern! Join us around the fires in the Modern courtyard every second Sunday to experience this intimate storytelling event.

Stories are central to the Modern Hotel. Our story is planted deep in Idaho, in the rich history of the west, Basque boarding houses, sheep herding, immigration, the American dream and stories told around the campfire by pioneers. We tell the story of how the Modern came to exist each time a guest inquires about the pictures on the walls of our lobby.

Thanks to Story Forward and a grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History, original fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenplays and more will be offered from Idaho’s rich literary community. Campfire Stories is produced by Christian Winn, who has invited writers from around Idaho to read their work. We are thrilled to work with Christian again this year!

Visit now to secure a table!


MAY 12 – JR Rivero Kinsey, Sarah Sentilles, Taryn Birdsall

JUNE 9 – Kim Barnes, CMarie Fuhrman, Robert Wrigley

JULY 14 – Rebecca Evans [Book Launch], Tessy Ward, David Guiotto

AUGUST 11 – Erin Rose Belair, From Boise Crew Marissa Lovell, Julie Sarasqueta, Amanda Patchin

SEPTEMBER 8 – Natalie Disney, Jodi Eichelberger, Alice Nelson

OCTOBER 13 – Christi Nogle, Isabelle Shifrin, Heather Sinnes


Christian Winn is a fiction writer, poet, creative nonfiction writer, journalist, teacher of creative writing, and literary and storytelling event producer based in Boise, Idaho. He’s the co-founder and Director emeritus of Storyfort, co-founder of To Taste Life Twice a Ketchum Writers Seminar, founder and Director of Story Forward, Campfire Stories, the Couch Surfer Artist Series, and served as the Idaho Writer in Residence, the state’s highest literary honor, from 2016-2019. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Joyland, Glimmer Train, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal and other fine and generous literary magazines. More about his publications and overall writerly work can be found at