To be available in bookstores in September 2012.

After searching far and wide, we have compiled a wonderful selection of essays from writers around the country on topics around the world.

Contributors include:

  • Adrienne Ross Scanlan
  • Cassie Nelson
  • Rick Borsten
  • Jennifer Li-Yen Douglass
  • Sara J. Call
  • Michelle Lanzoni
  • Chavawn Kelley
  • Lauren Koshere
  • Russ J. Van Paepeghem
  • Jeremy Pataky
  • Grace Brogan
  • Beth Baker
  • Beth Raboin
  • Sharon Guynup
  • Robin Keisic
  • Matt Holloway
  • Kate Sheridan
  • Kurt Caswell
  • Jennifer Duffield White
  • Kathleen Yale
  • Nick Engelfried

Ask your local bookstore to order copies of A Natural History of Now: reports from the edge of nature in the upcoming fall!



Call for Papers/Essays

A Natural History of Now: Reports from the Edge of Nature will be published by Kelson Books (Portland) in Fall 2012, as a joint project with the Environmental Studies Program of The University of Montana. It will be a small book of memorable prose.

We are looking for edgy, sharp essays and stories (fiction and nonfiction) that expand the definition of “nature writing.” Length: 500 to 2500 words. We’re open to many approaches:  personal , lyric, experimental, or formal  – for an informed general audience (nothing footnoted or exclusively academic). We expect urban and social themes and we long to be surprised by fresh approaches to outdoor, wild, semi-wild, and tamed spaces. We hope for responses to our global mess and also explorations of the intimate and local. We are seeking funny and sexy and serious and unexpected.

Submission Deadline:  12:00 noon MST, Thursday, March 29, 2012

Email: ReportsFromTheEdge (at)

Surface Mail:
Reports from the Edge
c/o Environmental Studies Program
Jeannette Rankin Hall 106A
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320

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