Camas is a testimonial to the raw, on-the-ground power that continues to rise out of Montana. Not only is there the fine tradition of western writing rooted in this part of the country, but it is growing, stretching, taking more risks, and bearing a greater diversity of voices. I find the words of these students and other writers deeply inspiring. They carry our imagination forward in both idealism and longing, what all readers yearn to find.
— Terry Tempest Williams

Camas welcomes contributions and submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, art and photography. Over nearly a quarter century of publication, we have been honored to feature the work of emerging writers alongside pieces by established authors such as Bryce Andrews, Rick Bass, Wendell Berry, Judy Blunt, Brian Doyle, William duBuys, David James Duncan, Derrick Jensen, William Kittredge, Bill McKibben, Ellen Meloy, Robert Michael Pyle, Janisse Ray, Sharman Apt Russell, Eva Saulitis, Annick Smith, Kim Stafford and Kim Todd.

We receive support from the Associated Students of the University of Montana, the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana, and many generous individuals and businesses. Camas rests on the foundation created by each of you who have purchased or subscribed to our magazine. Don't hesitate to contact us; we are eager to hear from you!

Upcoming Issues

Camas is published bi-annually in Winter and Summer installments. Each issue emerges from a distinct theme which is meant to be a starting point for conversation and inspiration, not an impediment. We review all submissions, so please send us your thoughtful, evocative, and inspired work, even if we'll have to get creative to link it to the issue's theme.

Senior Editor

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Jessica Eller is originally from Homer, Alaska. She is currently a graduate student in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana, where she also teaches writing. Before moving to Montana, Jessica worked at salmon hatcheries around Alaska, most recently living and working remotely in Southeast Alaska on Baranof Island.


 

Genre Editors

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Nonfiction Co-Editor Kitty Galloway was raised on saltwater. She grew up on an island in the Puget Sound and spent her youth exploring the rivers, forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. She took a circuitous route to further her education, splitting her twenties working as a backcountry guide, farmer, foot traveler, baker and environmental educator, and exploring cultures and ecosystems from the southern wilds of Patagonia to rocky coastline of northern Maine. In 2010, she made her way to Montana by foot via the Pacific Northwest Trail and has been grateful to call Missoula and the Rockies home ever since. Kitty is studying writing in Environmental Studies graduate program at UM and will most often be found with her hands in the dirt or feet on a trail.

 

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Originally from Georgia, Nonfiction Co-Editor Zach Goodwin studied psychology at the University of Georgia before moving to Colorado where he worked as an interpretive ranger for Boulder County Parks and Open Space. After getting married, he and his wife took a year to travel, first exploring and backpacking through 15 US National Parks and then spending 3 months in India and Nepal. During these travels, his passion for responsible land management became solidified, as well as the challenges faced by environmentalists and advocates. He is a first year graduate student in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana.

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Fiction Editor Heidi Daulton hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota but moved to Montana seeking mountains and huckleberries. She is a masters student in the Environmental Studies program where she is interested in using GIS as a tool for conservation. Though she now spends most of her time struggling with invasive plants, barbed-wire fences, and mapping software, she used to teach high school science and submit humorous fiction to hipster blogs. Heidi hopes to be the next David Attenborough. 

 

 

 

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Poetry Editor Jonathan Pierce is a first-year MFA candidate in the poetry cohort, writing with a locative/historical focus—and with particular fascination in liminal spaces, where frictions produce questions of value. He was birthed and bridled amongst the fetid bayous and pristine quartz beaches of northwest Florida; later educated in a vaulting gothic enclave on Chicago's southside; later still honed to sharper points by the high chaparral of central Arizona; and lately arrives in Montana transfixed by the fiercely protean (and problematic) American west, where frequent arid vastness finds intersection with occasional florid intransigence. Additional interests include good beer, bad pulp, and any excuse for a road-trip.

 

Editorial Boards

Fiction: Mattie Lehman, Jessie Hampton, Claire Foley, Elissa Chott

Nonfiction: Casey Valencia, Sylvia Doyle

Poetry: Tommy D'Addario, Liam Cody, Mason Parker