camillegriepheadshots-033Camille Griep lives and writes north of Seattle, Washington.

Born in Billings, Montana, she moved to Southern California to attend Claremont McKenna College, graduating with a dual degree in Biology and Literature.

She wrote her way through corporate careers in marketing, commercial real estate, and financial analysis before taking an extended sabbatical to devote more time to her craft.

Camille has since sold short fiction and creative nonfiction to dozens of online and print magazines. She served as the Editor of Easy Street from its inception through July 2018 and as a senior editor at The Lascaux Review from 2014-2018. She is a 2012 graduate of Viable Paradise, a residential workshop for speculative fiction novelists. As the director of communications for Prison Renaissance, she supports the organization’s mission of mentorship and collaboration between free and incarcerated artists to foster empathy.

Her first novel, Letters to Zell, was released in July 2015. Her followup, New Charity Blues, arrived in April 2016. (Both 47North).

Agent: Cameron McClure at Donald Maass Literary Agency.


Nominations & Prizes:

  • “The Perils of Rosella”: Nominee, Best of the Net 2014
  • “Pros & Cons of Montana”: Nominee, Best of the Net 2014
  • “Man in the Moon”: Nominee, 2014 Pushcart Prize; Nominee, Million Writers 2014; Nominee Best of the Net 2014
  • “Blazer”: Reader’s Choice Winner, July 2013
  • “Circumstances”: The Lascaux Review Flash Fiction Prize, 2013

  • thunderstorms
  • power outages
  • shaggy chrysanthemums
  • coffee
  • armchair mountaineering
  • bears
  • & Pinot Gris.

  • wind
  • grocery shopping
  • horror movies
  • food fights
  • laminate flooring
  • sneezing
  • & smelly laundry detergent.

Camille’s assistants: Dutchess & Hippolyta

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello there 🙂 how are you doing?? you gave me so much to read now 🙂 will share my thoughts for sure.. thank for writing…. and please share my thanks to Rayna for sharing your valuable site to me..!!

  2. I know so much more about you, and like you even more than I already did. I don’t care for false scents of any kind – candles, soap, hand sanitizer – you name it.

    There’s a nice hush when the power goes out. I have a friend who calls it the 60 cycle hum in the constant background of life. It is such a relief to have it all end for a moment, since I cannot afford to uproot myself to Costa Rica.

  3. Camille,
    While doing some research on James Lee Burke, I ran across your bio. I’m not sure, but you may have been in my classroom at Lockwood School in Billings, Montana year ago. Just thought I’d say hello and wish you the best of luck in your career. You were always such a bright student with such a pleasant personality. If you are not the same Camille, disregard this message and consider me just another idiot on your e-mail. However, if you are the one and only Camille Griep of Lockwood, know that your fame is quite deserved and your image is forever embedded in my mind ( not in a stalking kind of way). Best of luck in your future endeavors.
    Hank Yasenak

    • Hello, sir! Indeed, it’s me, the red-headed Cami Griep of the famous Wood of Lock. Thank you so much for your note. I remember our class, and Lockwood, so fondly. Fifth grade was a year of big changes for me and having you — a teacher who was smart and empathetic — was a huge gift. I’m not sure which career I was striving for back then, but the part of me who never shut up is giving this writing thing a good run. I hope life is treating you well. Are you still teaching 5th grade? Still tearing up the slopes of Rock Dodge? Thanks for touching base and for being a part of my journey to now.
      All my best,

      • Glad to see your career going so well! My wife and I retired a few years ago and we’re livin’ the dream. We’re still skiing Red Lodge, but I’d hardly call what we do now tearing up the slopes. Skimming over baby moguls and chatting with the ski patrol in the warming hut might be a better description of our skiing prowess these days.
        I was pleasantly surprised to receive your reply. I’m sending my fondest wishes for continued success in your writing career. I’ve got some reading to do now that I discovered my new favorite Montana author. I’ll send my critique of your writings in the near future. Ha!
        Best of luck in your future endeavors, Cami. It was great to hear from you. Maybe we’ll meet again at a book signing some day. Happy trails!
        Mr. Y

  4. Just read Julie Enszer’s post about losing her dog and how you comforted her at AWP. What a kind, gracious person you are. I’m glad you were there for her. I’m looking forward to reading your written work. God bless you.

    • Thank you for the kind words, Pat. I think in this tumultuous world, if we can stop and share kindness and empathy, perhaps we build tiny bridges of hope. I can’t imagine losing a friend while so far from home, and I’m simply thankful Julie wasn’t frightened of my intrusion and allowed me to be a bit of comfort. Thanks, again, for your note.

  5. I was tidying my art studio today (prelude to work) and found a “The First Line” from 2013. I just fell in love with “A Girl Called Blue” and was so happy it was by another Seattleite! I’m SO looking forward to reading more of your work! ….I did EVENTUALLY get to work 🙂

    • Eliza, thank you. It’s such a joy to think a little story can still bring someone happiness long after the magazine gets put away. It is one of my favorite stories, too, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. And hooray for the Seattle connection! I hope to keep in touch. <3

  6. Hello,

    I will follow your work. Lucky and brave that you comforted Julie R. Enszer!

    Your work looks intriguing.
    I am realizing now just how important it is to have an author page!!

    Dinah Dietrich –author of PAPER CRANES, literary lesbian poems, Headmistress Press, 2015….Am also on Facebook…

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