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.

About The Montana Quarterly


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.

“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love.”

– 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.

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Where to find us

The easiest thing to do is subscribe. That way, four times a year, you won’t have to go farther than your mailbox to get the latest issue.

We also partner up with some of the finest independent retailers in Montana. Here are the places you can find the latest issue, wherever you are:

Latigo and Lace, 122 Main St.

This House of Books, 116 N. 29th St. Suite B
Barnes & Noble, 530 S. 24th St. W.

Cello, 2 W. Main St.
Country Bookshelf, 28 W. Main St.
Montana Gift Corral, Bozeman Airport
Barnes & Noble, 2825 W. Main St.

Isle of Books & Books, 43 E. Broadway

Cassiopeia Books, 606 Central Ave.

Chapter One Bookstore, 252 Main St.

Montana Historical Society Museum Store, 101 N. Last Chance Gulch
Montana Book Co., 331 N. Last Chance Gulch

Montana Gift and Art (airport), 4170 U.S. Highway 2 E.
The Bookshelf, 101 Main Street

Conley’s Books and Music, 415 E. Lewis St.
Elk River Books, 122 S. 2nd St.
Wheatgrass Books and Gallery, 120 N. Main St.

Fact and Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave.
Rockin’ Rudy’s, 237 Blaine St.
Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. 3rd Street W.
Barnes & Noble, 2640 N. Reserve St.

Beartooth Books, 24 S. Broadway Ave.

Grizzly Claw, 3187 Highway 83

Bookworks, 244 Spokane Ave.

If you’d like to carry the Montana Quarterly at your business, just contact us and we’ll get you set up.