About Naomi

Industrialization, environmental devastation, and my family history in Western Montana inspire my work. My ancestors came to this state as immigrants from Croatia and Cornwall in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, drawn by the promise of good jobs in the copper mines in Butte and at the smelter in Anaconda.

In writing and film, I journey through boomtowns, ghost towns, wilderness, and toxic waste. My climate-fiction novel in progress, RUIN, is based on stories my mother told me about her childhood in the shadow of the Washoe Smokestack.