Brett Puryear

Brett Puryear

Contributing Writer

Brett Puryear is a fiction and outdoor sporting writer from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and based in Missoula, Montana. He’s a passionate fly fisherman who has contributed essays and reportage to Field & StreamSporting Classics, Men’s Journal and Wildsam Field Guides on subjects ranging from fishing, conservation, photography and cooking. He’s also published fiction in numerous literary journals and works for a small, family-run distillery in Montana.


  • Serious fly fisherman
  • Contributor at F&S
  • Leading contributor for the Wildsam Western Montana Field Guide


Puryear has taught English and Creative Writing in Montana, Tennessee, and Washington DC. His writing experience is extremely diverse: In addition to outdoor journalism, his fiction appears in The Iowa Review, CutBank Literary Magazine, Deep South Magazine, Storyscape Journal, and many others. He’s a scriptwriter for an upcoming horror podcast. He’s worked as an editor for literary journals, photo-essayist for Field & Stream, and a ghostwriter.


Puryear earned his MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana.

Fun Fact

Puryear is a singer-songwriter who gigs regularly in Montana and throughout the northwest, and his collaborations with singer William Russell Wallace can be found on Spotify and most other music streaming platforms.

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