Local Writers to Share Nature Stories During Free Event

April 17, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s environmental writing magazine, Camas: The Nature of the West, will host its first annual "Prairie Songs," a reading event that celebrates the abundance of nature writing in western Montana. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Top Hat Lounge located at 134 W. Front St. in downtown Missoula.

Local writers will share stories that are reminiscent of the beauty, loss and joy that define human relationships with the places we love. The environmental storytelling event will feature prose and poetry by Sheryl Noethe, Josh Slotnick, Richard Manning, Bryce Andrews, David James Duncan, Annick Smith, Phil Condon and Janisse Ray.

Founded by UM environmental studies graduate students in 1992, Camas is a biannual environmental literary magazine that continues to be produced by students in UM’s Environmental Studies Program. The magazine encourages dialogue on environmental and cultural issues in the West; celebrates the people who work, study, write and live here; and provides an opportunity for students and emerging writers to publish their work alongside established environmental authors.

Camas is published bi-annually with winter and summer installments. Each issue emerges from a distinct theme that is meant to be a starting point for conversation and inspiration.

For more information on the “Prairie Songs” event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/655816221134117/. For more information about Camas: The Nature of the West, visit http://www.umt.edu/camas/.

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Contact: Rachel Dickson, Camas intern, 406-529-9029, camas@mso.umt.edu.