Congratulations to N. Scott Momaday

It was exciting to hear this week that N. Scott Momaday received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. This is hardly Momaday’s first award, of course; he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his novel, House Made of Dawn. In 2007, he received the

Poetry on the Page

I had an interesting conversation with a contributor to the next issue of North Dakota Quarterly. We accepted some poems with lines that might exceed the width of our standard page, and the author asked whether we could find a way to publish them without breaking them. There are, of

A Poem: An Olive Grove in Crete, 1941

Each summer, I spend time in Greece doing archaeological field work and thinking about historical landscapes that stretch from deepest antiquity into the 20th century. Certain events in the 20th century have left indelible scars in the Greek countryside and on our collective spirits. David Pratt’s short poem, which appears

The Gay as Pariah

Sharon Carson | This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion in New York City, which began as a citizen uprising against constant police harassment.  On June 28th, 1969, at a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn, a wonderfully motley crew, in the “motley pride” sense of the

The Next Song

Sharon Carson | We at NDQ are delighted to help spread the good news of Joy Harjo’s appointment as Poet Laureate of the United States.  From the official announcement made on 6/19/2019 by the Library of Congress: “Harjo is the first Native American poet to serve in the position –

An Interview with William H. Gass

It’s pretty rare that we post two posts to our blog in a single week. This one is pretty special. It’s an interview by Crystal Alberts with William H. Gass that appears in the tribute that we published in NDQ 86.1/2.  Do check out Prof. Alberts’ introduction to the Gass tribute.

Festschrift: A Tribute to William H. Gass

One of the first things that I did when I became editor of North Dakota Quarterly (after putting about 20,000 back issues in boxes) was to chat with my old friend Crystal Alberts. I don’t remember which of us had the idea for a special section on the late William

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