Month: February 2018

Egyptian Reflections: The Nile is Life

The Nile is Life* Rebecca J. Romsdahl This is the second of four essays reflecting on Egypt. Please also read the introduction to see how they are all linked. Enjoy! The Nile River is considered the longest river in the world.  The Nile is formed by the merging of its two major

On the Speed of Nostalgia

By W. Scott Olsen Just off Peoria Avenue and 11th street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on a clear midsummer morning when the temperature is already 83 degrees and the forecast passes 100, a sign for Meadow Gold milk and ice cream holds to scaffolding atop a large brick shelter, an historical

Paul Worley’s translation of “The Train”

Last month, Paul Worley, whose translated volume of Tsotsil Mayan poetry was released as a North Dakota Quarterly supplement contributed a translation of Martín Tonalmeyotl’s “The Train” to well-known literary translation site, Asymptote.  As the U.S. continues to wrestle with borders, immigration, and immigrants the act of translation becomes a particularly

Egyptian Reflections: Culture of Bribes

Culture of Bribes* Rebecca J. Romsdahl This is the second of four essays reflecting on Egypt. Please also read the introduction to see how they are all linked. Enjoy! Our first day of touring Egypt took us outside Cairo to the historic sites of the oldest pyramids at Dahshur and Saqqara.

Migrants, Exiles, and Refugees: Reading Literature in times of Racism

Migrants, Exiles, and Refugees: Reading Literature in times of Racism Gayatri Devi 1. When news reports started coming out last week of the sitting president of the United States referring to Africa, Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole countries” in the presence of other elected politicians, my mind recalled the

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