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Emily Withnall

Missoula, Montana

Journalism with Tyrone Beason and Alicia Quiñones


I was born in the mountains of northern New Mexico and lived there most of my life until I moved to Missoula, Montana, eight years ago, to pursue a graduate degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. My essays appear or are forthcoming in Al Jazeera, Gay Magazine, Tin House Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Orion, Indiana Review, Ms. Magazine, and High Country News, among others, and I’ve had articles in Business Insider, The Progressive Magazine, El Palacio Magazine,, the Albuquerque Journal, and the Santa Fe New Mexican. My work has been anthologized in Greetings from Janeland (Cleis Press) and We Leave the Flowers Where They Are (Sweetgrass Books). In 2016, I was awarded first place in creative nonfiction for the AWP Kurt Brown Award. I received a fellowship for the Summer Fishtrap Writers Workshop in 2017, was selected for the 2018 Tin House Summer Writing Workshop, and was the inaugural recipient of the Words of Witness fellowship for Under the Volcano in 2020. I have also served for two years as an economic justice fellow for Community Change. I am currently at work on a book that examines the parallels between domestic violence and hydraulic fracturing. Much of my work interrogates the overlap between environmental and social justice issues. During Under the Volcano I will be working on an article that looks at climate migration in the United States.

I am a solo parent to two teens and we enjoy camping, hiking and reading together.

Emily Withnall - Under The Volcano