Month: April 2020

Essay: Role Playing Games

In my other life, I’ve been thinking about digital media, computer games, and archaeology of contemporary American culture. These musing may be why Evan Higgins’s essay, “Role Playing Games” resonated with me. It also happens to be a very fine essay that appears in NDQ 87.1/2. If you’d like to

NDQ Issue 87.1/2 for Free

We know that things are rough out there. Between COVID-19 and personal, economic, and emotional challenges associated with social distancing, there doesn’t seem to be a lot right happening in the world. To do our part to make the world just a little bit better, we thought we’d make the

An Interview with Laila Lalami

In light of the fact the University of North Dakota’s Writer’s Conference had to canceled due to COVID-19, organizer Crystal Alberts was able to arrange for North Dakota Quarterly’s poetry editor Paul Worley to interview Laila Lalami whose 2014 novel, The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2015 and was a

Short Fiction: how it will happen

To celebrate NDQ 87.1/2 going to the printer, despite all the confusion, uncertainty, and tragedy in the world, here’s Terry Toma’s story “how it will happen” which will appear in the next issue of the Quarterly. There’s something about this story that captures the contemporary mood. It goes without saying that

A Poem for a Time of Pandemic

North Dakota Quarterly is very pleased to share Maunel Tzoc Bucup’s poem, “Bullshit in oblivion” written for International Poetry Day in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the author notes: “I wrote this poem as we sit on the verge of mass death.” The poem was originally posted on Facebook. The poem

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