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.
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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.
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.
Jane Sheffer grew up on the central coast of California, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies. She spent her summers with a pick and shovel in hand, laboring on backcountry trail crews in Yellowstone and Big Bend National Parks. Following graduation, she monitored seabirds on a tiny mid-Pacific island, radio-tracked wolves in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley, cared for a flock of California condors on the Big Sur coast, and conducted songbird surveys in the Sierra Nevada. She moved to Missoula with her fiancé and dog to study writing in the Environmental Studies graduate program at UM.
Nonfiction Editor Elissa Chott is a master’s student in the Environmental Studies program. Her area of interest is climate change and how ecotourism can play a part in conservation efforts, with a thesis focus on polar bears and tourism in Churchill, Manitoba. After graduating from UT Austin with a BA in English, she bounced around between Montana and Alaska. She moved to Missoula for work with the Great Bear Foundation several years ago and stayed for graduate school and the summer sunsets. She is a lover of all animals big and small, but the cuddlier, the better! She is a strong promoter of long walks on the beach, having at least a gallon of huckleberries in the freezer, and always being bear aware.
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.
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.
Fiction: Mattie Lehman, Jessie Hampton, Claire Foley, Kitty Galloway
Nonfiction: Casey Valencia, Sylvia Doyle, John Potenberg, Jane Sheffer
Poetry: Mason Parker, Rachel Ackerman, Melissa Phelan, Cara Grula
Blog 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.
Mason Voehl is a first year graduate student in the Environmental Philosophy program with a focus on the ethics of climbing and “phiction” – which blends philosophy with fiction and other literary mediums. He and his wife Sarah moved here from the Black Hills of South Dakota and now live in the Nine Mile Valley west of Missoula with their two dogs.