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Nathaniel Miller

Nathaniel Miller is a writer and teacher in Missoula, Montana. He has won AP journalism awards in Colorado and New Mexico, and is working now on a book-length collection of essays.


The Pit

Fall 2010 | Reporting

In Montana, you need not go far in search of wounds. The place is rife with them. All you have to do is look between the familiar postcards of The Last Best Place and you’ll see them: slick, deforested hillsides connecting at sharp angles in a quilt-pattern over every national forest; dams holding back decades of poisonous sludge, buried deep in some of the biggest waterways; trees cracking and listing in burns that are bigger than certain East Coast states; vast pits of toxic mineral water sidling right up to the highway.