While the “bomb cyclone” roils away outside, it seems like an appropriate time to curl up with a short story from the latest issue of North Dakota Quarterly. Here’s is Bill Gaythwaite’s story “Snapshot” which evokes in me warmer days and the gentle melancholy that feels like a lingering winter

NDQ 86.1/2 Editor’s Note and Numbers

The penultimate thing that I do before submitting an issue of North Dakota Quarterly to our publisher, the University of Nebraska Press, is write my editor’s notes. Since I’ve only done this twice, I don’t have a very firm grasp of the genre, and I’m never sure whether I should be lyrical

Two more poems: american idols and the last of the polka dots

We’re hearing that contributors are receiving their copies of NDQ 85, and we’ll continue to make selections from this volume available here on the NDQ blog. Today we feature to poems by Evan Anders, “american idols” and  “last of the polka dots” which both offer searing perspectives on our contemporary condition.

Apartment Windows in January

It would seem that my penchant for literalism continues for another week with Marjorie Power’s poem “Apartment Windows in January.” We’re enjoying a few more days of January type temperatures here in the Northern Plains and her poem evokes the beauty of the cold. It appears in NDQ 85 which

Chronoscope 126: The moon, the closest orbit

At the risk of being accused of a kind of literalism, this poem by John Walser which will appear in NDQ 85 has been banging around in my head all week. Check out more from volume 85 here. Subscribe. Submit. Chronoscope 126: The moon, the closest orbit By John Walser The


A sample from NDQ 85: Clay Matthew’s “clutch”: clutch at the transmission shop talking with an old man who tells me about his bad hip, the pipe that blew from his semi and knocked all his teeth out, his boy running a crotch rocket into a van, steel rods screwed

An NDQ Volume by its Cover

We’re getting closer and closer to NDQ 85 being ready. I will send back the final edits to our partners at University of Nebraska Press this morning and finalize the cover design. I think we’re far enough along now, though, to give our readers a sneak peak of the cover.

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