NDQ Books: Maya Poetry and the Great War

The NDQ gang has quietly been experimenting with producing books and have an eye toward a more ambitious and sustained experiment in book publishing next year with their parters at The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota and the University of Nebraska Press.

This all began a few years ago when The Digital Press put together a little volume of reprint from NDQ titled: The University of North Dakota and the Great War. This book was originally a digital design study at The Digital Press, but when frequently NDQ contributor and UND faculty member Patrick Henry asked that we make it available in paperback for his class on WWI literature, we obliged and produced a low cost paperback (and will donate 20 copies to the students in his class in the spring semester).

It has a few warts in its design, but content is pretty interesting especially Wesley R. Johnson’s epic tale of his experiences in World War I

You can download the book for free here or buy a copy for $7. The profits from the book support The Digital Press which, in turn, serves as the financial and production backstop to the Quarterly. It’s a great way to support the journal during this challenging year.

Two years ago, we made our second foray into publishing with Snichimal Vayuchil or Flowery Dream. This is a short volume poetry translated by our poetry editor, Paul Worley, from Spanish or Tsotsil Maya. It was produced by an experimental poetry workshop in bats’i k’op, or Tsotsil Maya, where writers create poetry in their own mother language and Spanish, sharing their work as a form of what they call relational poetry. The workshop is also a place where these young writers reflect upon the origins of literature in indigenous communities, as well as the contributions contemporary indigenous literary creation makes to social change.

The book can be downloaded for free and, if you like it, you can get a copy for $10 via Amazon or via Bookshop.org. Like The University of North Dakota and the Great War, proceeds from this book support the Quarterly as we look forward to publishing more books in the coming year. 

Finally, we think either of these books makes a fine stocking stuff at the holidays or a nice companion for reading by the fireplace. We also hope you’ll consider a subscribing to NDQ for the new year. Little magazines like NDQ rely on their subscribers and contributors to continue to provide a platform for our authors, readers, and community.

If you’d like to subscribe go here.

If you’d like to contribute, submissions for poetry and non-fiction are open until the end of the year and we’re always reading fiction. Go here for more.   

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