Today I received in the mail my Summer 2012 issue of Camas, a publication put together by graduate students in the Environmental Studies department at the University of Montana. Camas celebrates the literature and photography from the West; the theme for the summer issue is ‘Restoration.’
Although not quite made in Montana, an image I made in southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains is featured in the summer issue. Many of the West’s forests have been devastated by bark beetle infestations, leaving forests of skeletons, rather than trees. To me, this image communicated the theme of restoration, in that some of the forests in the West are starting to recover from these insects through the use of controlled burns, cutting of infested trees, etc.
These sorts of university literary publications are common in the West (I’m not sure about other parts of the country); the University of Montana has Camas, and the University of Wyoming has the Owen Wister Review, for example. I am happy to have my work be a part of this type of publication because they strike me as very grassroots, and are oriented towards a sense of place. I’ve written before about how I’m proud to be a citizen of the West, and I’m proud to have my work featured in Camas.
Camas is published biannually (summer & winter) and contains literature and photography from the West. I’m looking forward to digging into my issue.