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 Co-Editors

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Jackie Bussjaeger is a graduate student in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana, with a focus in writing. She is especially interested in science writing and science communication. Originally from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, her passion for the environment is inspired by the wild lakes, woods, and prairies of her home state. Before coming to Montana, she worked as a community news reporter with a penchant for writing stories about the fascinating intersections where people meet nature. She continues to work as a freelance writer and editor.


Sydney Bollinger is a graduate student in the Environment Studies program, focusing on Environmental Writing. She’s interested in the connection between the environment and spirituality, which likely as something to do with the questionable theology of her youth. She grew up in Ohio amongst cornfields, and then moved to Atlanta as a teenager. Both places still feel like home, though nothing compares to Missoula’s mountains in every direction. Sydney can often be found spoiling her cat, Lux Lisbon, reading cli-fi, or watching a b-rated movie with skeptical friends.

Genre Editors


Nonfiction Editor Stephanie Maltarich calls Colorado home. She wasn't born there, but a transplant by the age of three provided her with plenty of time to get acquainted with the state's tall and ragged peaks. She's happily called Missoula her "for now" home since August; she enjoys the new and different meandering paths and snow-filled runs into Montana's wild spaces. As a first year Environmental Studies graduate student, she is interested in learning how to tell the human stories relating to climate change. She is still adapting to the school-life balance thing, as she almost always would prefer to be outside in the fresh air. She is excited to work with Camas again in a new role as the Nonfiction board chair. 


Poetry Editor is Elizabeth Pellegrino. She is a first year Environmental Writing student at the University of Montana. With a background in poetry and geology, Elizabeth is most interested in how to write about geologic time in a way that feels meaningful. You can find her walking the trails and sidewalks of Missoula, head down, looking at every rock in sight. She’s excited to be working with Camas as Poetry board chair and looks forward to reading what poetry submitters have to offer.


Fiction Editor is Amanda Wilgus. She is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Montana. Born in Texas, she came to Missoula from Los Angeles and continues to be astounded by Montana’s mountains, flora, fauna and infinite sky. She stubbornly is waiting out the winter temperatures for the familiarity of spring and summer heat because layers still confound her. Send her stories of anything and everything that makes Montana tick. 


Editorial Boards

Fiction: Elissa Chott, Jenny Gessaman, Jonathan Pierce, Maise Powell

Nonfiction: Mary Auld, Mattie Lehman, Sophia Cinnamon, Sophie Frank

Poetry: Jackie Bussjaeger, Olivia Allen, Rachel Ackerman

Blog Editor


Marko Capoferri is a 35-year old restless transplant from the quieter part of New Jersey. He spent the better part of a decade lighting out for all corners of the lower 48 to cut trail, spray weeds, string fence, anything to stay close to the land. All dirt paths eventually lead to Missoula, or so it would seem. He crash-landed at the University of Montana in 2015 to take part in the Wilderness & Civilization program, and is currently completing a BA in Creative Writing and Literature & the Environment. If you live in Missoula and have an Italian last name, he’d really like to meet you.