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Jokerst Receives Award At 2017 Outdoor Writers Conference
Montana Senior News August/September 2017
The Outdoor Writers Association of America announced the winners of their 2017 Excellence in Craft Contest at the organization’s 90th annual conference, which was held this year in Duluth, MN. First, second, and third-place winners were chosen in nine contests. Prize money, plaques, and certificates were presented to the winners.
Jokerst Receives Awards At 2016 OWAA Conference
Outdoors Unlimited
MISSOULA, Mont. – The Outdoor Writers Association of America is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Excellence in Craft Contests. First, second and third-place winners were chosen in nine contests. Entries were from work created in 2015. Cash prizes totaled more than $13,000. Prize money, plaques and certificates were presented to winners at OWAA’s 89th annual conference in Billings, Montana.
Local author pens new cookbook
Hungry Horse News Wednesday, September 12, 2012
West Glacier author Gail Jokerst grew up in a kitchen and has been cooking since her youth. Her new 128-page cookbook, “The Hungry Bear Kitchen: Recipes and Writings,” includes essays as well as 123 of Jokerst’s favorite recipes.
Hammonds, Jokerst, Scott receive 2013 OWAA Madson Fellowships
Outdoors Unlimited, June/July 2013

MISSOULA, MONT. — Outdoor Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that Julie Hammonds, Gail Jokerst and Gillian Scott have been selected as co-recipients of the 2013 OWAA John Madson Fellowship.
Cookbook author holds signing, sampling
Daily Inter Lake - Dec 12, 2012
The Montana House and the Glacier National Park Fund will co-host a sharing, signing and sampling book event with Gail Jokerst and her first cookbook, “The Hungry Bear Kitchen: Recipes and Writings” December 22.

Me at age 3, eating a bowl
of my nana's chicken soup
It all began with poppy seeds-my freelance writing career that is. Some 25 years ago, I failed a drug test because of a hankering for Oregon Hazelnut Bread, which contains just enough poppy seeds to create a false-positive reading. Coincidentally, around this time The Christian Science Monitor ran a story about the pros and cons of drug testing. I was upset enough about the erroneous results to write a letter to the editor citing the woes of someone falsely accused of taking drugs. To my surprise, they printed my letter, which prompted me to try my hand at other writing and to take pictures to illustrate those stories. When various editors began giving my words and photos space in the pages of their publications, my story repertoire started to embrace an array of Montana people, places, events, and natural history.

At work in Glacier Park
Since then, I've included travel writing, food essays, and restaurant reviews-among other topics-into the mix-and wrote portions of guidebooks for Michelin and Ulysses Press. I've sold hundreds of articles and photos to regional and national publications such as Big Sky Journal, Montana Magazine, Montana Senior News and Northwest Travel, won seven writing awards, taught writing classes, and published a Montana cookbook. In addition, I consult with a New York-based foodservice company, The Good Table, to assist with their communications.

My West Glacier home
Living in the Flathead Valley next door to Glacier National Park, I spend much of my free time there alongside my husband, Jim who is a wildlife artist. The Montana House in Apgar Village carries his work year-round and the Clarke Gallery in East Glacier features it every summer. Our home looks out into the park and I am ceaselessly entertained by the cloudscapes and critters that share this special corner of the world with us. From May through October, I do my best to hike weekly (and often succeed) in Glacier Park or on Forest Service lands in the valley. During the quieter months of winter, I enjoy cross-country skiing, making bread-and-soup suppers, and getting lots of writing done. It's a good life and I'm fortunate to be able to say that my work is my play and my play is my work. It's all one. Amazingly, that long-ago drug-test fiasco turned into a wonderfully fulfilling career. As hard as it is to admit, I am grudgingly grateful to those poppy seeds.