Montana has a long tradition of listening to and respecting — revering — its writers and the state’s literary tradition. In an unprecedented show of unity, more than forty of Montana’s best writers have gathered, in rapid response fashion, to write original essays and testimonials advocating for the protection of our public lands, and endorsing Democratic House of Representatives candidate Rob Quist’s position on this (literally) most common ground of issues. Please vote on May 25.
My family came to Montana at the turn of the last century and I grew up where we were free to wander the prairie and river valley. This need to go out and explore, to see what might be around the next bend in the trail is in my bones and blood. When I spend enough time in wild places, the buzz of technology goes away and I fall into an ancient, meditative rhythm. Having access to public land gives us the opportunity to find the best of our human nature. I can’t imagine life in Montana without wild land.
A former poet laureate of Montana, Tami Haaland teaches at Montana State University Billings and is the author of two books of poetry, Breath in Every Room and When We Wake in the Night.