We’re looking for — and finding — stories you won’t find anyplace else: the way the oil boom alters our small towns, whether grizzly bears or sheep get the first shot at public land, who swings the real weight in politics, who’s on the federal dole and who’s not, how our justice system works.
We cover our state’s creative side, the artists and writers and scientists who make Montana a landscape of the mind as much as it is of the heart and the eye.
We look at the state’s history, but it’s the real deal, not some faded Western myth.
Travel with us and you’ll find the state’s quirkiest restaurants and its most interesting drinking holes, from the wine bars of our cities to the rural joints where you’d best keep your lip zipped and one eye on the door because you might have to scamper.
And we don’t forget the tribal lands. The tribes were here first. Their stories count.
And we have some laughs along the way. We think that’s pretty important.
The Montana Quarterly is a big idea. But it’s a big state. We think it’s a good match. The Society of Professional Journalists agrees. In three of the last four years, they’ve named us the best magazine anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. We think they’re right.
Who we are. What we do.
– John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: in Search of America
At the Montana Quarterly, we feel the same way. Some of us came from someplace else and some of us grew up here but all of us made the decision to live here. And none of us sank roots in Montana because we thought we’d get rich. There’s something a lot bigger than money going on in this place.
Our core team of writers, editors, designers and photographers has worked together for years. We know each other. We know our craft. We know the state. And like Steinbeck, we’re pretty fond of the place.
In addition to the core team, we work with many of the state’s best writers, photographers and editors. Doing so always makes us happy.
Contributing writers include Bill Kittredge, Tim Cahill, Jeff Hull, Allen Morris Jones, Craig Lancaster, Glen Chamberlain, Rick Bass, Charles Finn, Tom Groneberg, David Quammen and many more. Our contributing photographers include Erik Petersen, Jeremy Lurgio, John Zumpano, Bill Bilverstone, Bill Campbell, Tony Bynum and others.