North Dakota Quarterly

North Dakota Quarterly

Edited by William Caraher

ISSN 0029-277X

eISSN 2836-175X


North Dakota Quarterly is a literary and public humanities journal with roots extending back to the early days of the University of North Dakota. With an international roster of contributors, each issue is a rich mixture of articles, essays, fictions, and poetry. NDQ stands as one of the region’s most widely admired ambassadors and as a persistent landmark in the global literary landscape.

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Table Of Contents

Volume 91, Numbers 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2024)


Editor’s Note
William Caraher

Birdie, Alone
Gina Willner-Pardo

Chris Viner 

Miss Emily Berghauser
John Mort 

Rest Assured
Michael Merlo 

Lisa Wessling 

Ryan Kenedy 

Prudence Faith
Claire Gochal 

A Brief Excerpt from the History of Tobacco
Ben Roth 

Why I Read the Slush Pile
Peter Brown 

Nine Variations on Pete Townshend
and Abbie Hoffman
David Susman 

chore boy 4 mommi
Cyrus Stuvland 

Angry Young Linguist
David Carkeet 

The Cost of Doing Business
Billie Pritchett 

Sugar Bowl of the Universe
Jeanne Blum Lesinski 

Massarti, the Lion Tamer
My Father Asks to Be Cremated
Daniel Ginsberg 

a skull on a desk, and it is early morning
delineamented giants
Cory Dawson 

My Locksmith Novel
Michael J. Galko 

The Blanket
Paul Martin 

Call the Stars by Name
Left Behind
Mary Salisbury 

Spring Break
John Abbott 

David Solheim 

The Names of Things
Understanding Physics
Michael Rogner 

Birds in a Bush
Birds on a Feeder
William Virgil Davis 

God’s Garden
Louis Efron 

Kurban Bayram
Keith Carver 

A Tree
Not a Meeting
The Child’s Cry
Liliya Gazizova (translated by Olga Karasik-Updike)

Clearing the dreamfields
Andrea Moorhead 

My Ancestors
Debra Prazak 

This is a Shopping List
Tyler Reilly 

An American Election
Jon Ward 

Wilfred Owen’s Release
Rupert Brooke at Skyros, 1915
Edward Thomas Shoves Off for France
Edward Thomas at Havre, January 1917
Wilfred Owen: Shellshocked at Gailly
Daniel Weeks 

Combat Manual
Alessio Zanelli 

My Presidents
Kurt Olsson 

A Foreign Language
Dana Yost 

As We Stay Marooned inside Our Respective
Nandini Dhar 

Night Song
Ernest O. Ògúnyemí 

On He Mni Can
All Water Desires to Return to the Ocean
Indian Summer
Halee Kirkwood 

The Incredible Floridas
Ed Lyons 

We Are Nature
Ndaba Sibanda 

Deep Watering
Brandon Lamson 

On Days
Light Music
Shed No Sound
Jim Richards 

Aubade: Woman with Roses
Paso Doble
Joanne Mallari 

The Desire Catalogue
Parable of Daphne
Parable of Io
Lillian Emerick Valentine 

Daniel Brennan 

Good Fences
Into Darkness
Before My Eyes
Diane Webster 

Autumn in the Blue Ridge
The Job
Danny Barbare 

It’s a Little Coffee Shop
James Foritano 

Dear Grey Hair
Jainab Tabassum Banu 

The Case with Puddles
James B. Nicola 

Allen Braden 

The Johnson Boy, Age 11
Caitlin Johnson-Castelaz

Amazing Grace
Atom Bomb the Second
Robert Halleck 

Last Thoughts of Hebron
Brandon Krieg 

The Wilderness
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Mea Culpa, USA
Rich Murphy 

A Prophet in Her Own Country
Rachel Rinehart 

[Polaroid of]
Katie Jean Shinkle 

burning book
Chris Butler 

You’ve been coding in that cave of yours for days
to Beşiktaş
Christie Borely 

Delayed Taste
Mark Taksa 

Sharing the Trail
Jim Kevin Tilley 

A Renegade Tour Guide Educates
Visitors to the White House
Kevin Brown 

What Is Living
White on White
Partial Mending During Hospice Care
Terri McCord 

To S.
Gabriella Garofalo 

Any Hospital USA
Judith Skillman 

Monologue in a Pinhole into an Asylum
(an interview session)
Saheed Sunday 

Bradley Clompus 

Evening Drive
Cameron Morse† 

The Pipes and John Wayne
Edward Lee 

The Craft of Art
Code Mountain
Kenton K. Yee 

Our Lands
Irene Villaseñor 

Timothy Dodd 

Landscape with Fox
James Kangas 

On my way home
The bag
Laura Zucca-Scott

Submissions & Book Reviews

NDQ is now accepting submissions in non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. For detailed instructions, see General queries should be emailed to

Editorial Board


William Caraher

Fiction Editor

Gilad Elbom

Poetry Editor

Paul Worley

Assistant Poetry Editor

Kelsey Woodburn

Nonfiction Editor

Sheila Liming

Art Editor

Ryan Stander

Book Review Editor

Sharon Carson


Andrea Herbst

Editorial Board

Eric Burin

David Haeselin

Andrew Harnish

Joseph Kalka

Adam Kitzes

James Mochoruk

Sheryl O’Donnell

Richard Rothaus

Brian Schill

Kate Sweney


NDQ Volume 87, Nos. 1-2 Available as Free PDF and Subscriptions Discounted
(April 23, 2020)
The latest issue of North Dakota Quarterly is available as a free PDF download from the editorial website. This is part of an effort by editor William Caraher and the University of Nebraska Press to make content more readily available to all during the COVID-19 pandemic. Go here to download the PDF

Additionally, subscriptions to the journal are 10% off and copies of single issues are $2 off when ordered online on the UNP website. Use coupon code 9389VT to receive the discount through 6/30/2020.

North Dakota Quarterly Partners with University of Nebraska Press
The College of Arts and Sciences of the University of North Dakota and journal editor William Caraher, associate professor of history at UND, have selected the University of Nebraska Press as the new publishing partner for North Dakota Quarterly. The journal’s editorial home will remain at the University of North Dakota, and Dr. Caraher, along with the journal’s assistant editors and editorial board, will continue to control the journal’s content and direction. The University of Nebraska Press will assume production, marketing, and fulfillment responsibilities beginning in 2019.
Dr. Caraher explained the decision by saying, "For us partnering with University of Nebraska Press makes perfect sense. They allow NDQ to draw upon the marketing, production, and distribution resources of a major university press while allowing us to keep our distinctive identity and traditions intact. We're looking forward to starting this exciting new chapter with UNP and continuing to publish excellent fiction, poetry, and non-fiction for years to come."
 “We’re pleased to be partnering with North Dakota Quarterly. University of Nebraska Press is the largest publisher in the region and, as such, we’re committed to using our expertise to support excellent journals like this,” said Donna Shear, the press’s director.

Volume 85 Available for Free Download
To celebrate the return of North Dakota Quarterly after a brief break in publication and the start of William Caraher's term as editor, the entire Volume 85 is available as a free PDF. Download it

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