North Dakota Quarterly

North Dakota Quarterly

Edited by William Caraher

ISSN 0029-277X


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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.

Table Of Contents

Volume 88, Numbers 3-4 (Fall/Winter 2021)


The Art of Reinaldo Gil Zambrano 

Special Section
The Poetry of Don Quisenberry
Paul Worley

Baseball Cards
Time to Quit
Grasping at the Poet Rumi
What If
Don Quisenberry

Peter D. Gorman

An Arcane Saga
Cynthia Graae

Protective Instinct
Kasey Peters

The Famous Patient
Talia Deitsch

Trudy Lewis

The Story I Tell Myself
Ian Woollen

Pilgrim at Fifty-Third and Fifth
George Choundas

In Praise of Grass
Judith Fetterley

The Kid’s Last Stand
Steve Wing

Teach a Girl to Make a Fire
Serrana Laure

Finding Self in the Bakken North Dakota Oil Boom
Richard M. Rothaus

Whither Sun Ra?
William Caraher

the mitt
Corbett Buchly

The Book Lady
Nolo Segundo

Cold Grapes
Danny P. Barbare

Blood Orange
Hollie Dugas

Street Talk
Lolalee Walke

Office Above a Busy Sidewalk
Riding the Tiger’s Head
Robert Tremmel

Psychic Overload: The Watchman Considers
Mark DeFoe

The Shower
Your June
Day Job
A Whittenberg

Going to Ruin Is Silent Work
Andrew Gent

Hege Anita Jakobsen Lepri

Archaeology of Rumors
Tom Daley

Temporary Measure
Original Lesson
Autumn Schraufnagel

Jackrabbit Round Up
Stephen Barile

Not the First
John Krumberger

Plain Living
John Zedolik

July 20, 1969
Susan Michele Coronel

Off-Road Diner: Panhandle, Oklahoma
Red Oklahoma Cries
Susan Kates 

By the Roadside
Bog Jumping
Jeanine Stevens

Whatever is going on

An invitation to workers
Learning the time and the alphabet
Spartakos Anganostaras

I reckon a move to Cuba
Ron L. Dowell

Tidal Wave
Kye Woodward-Ganz

Brenton Booth

Hard Times
The Persistence of Memory
Snapshots of Brighton
Robert McNamara

Thanksgiving, 1993
Mallory Nygard

David Sapp

Winter Ghazal
D.S. Waldman

Matthew J. Andrews

The Tree in Our Garden
Milton P. Ehrlich 

Clint Bowman

What Winter Brings
What Else Have You Got?
What Is Done
When My Valentine Explains the Universe
Helen Marie Casey

Through the Plane Window
Hannah Whiteman

Kareem Tayyar

Ode to the Glass Slipper
Stephanie L. Harper

Salting the Driveway (With Help)
Robert Fillman

Laura Zucca-Scott

My mom is not
Emma Charlton

North Dakota Gold
Garland Strother

hummingbird in my hollyhocks
Bonnie Larson Staiger

Cameron Morse

A Word for Crow
John Minczeski

Hell Was Full, So I Came Back
What Seems to Be My Life
J. Tarwood

Becky Kennedy

Brief Delight
Frederick Wilbur

Finishing My First Agatha Christie Novel over Breakfast, Then the News
Lisa Creech Bledsoe

Dana Holley Maloney

Birds After a Fashion
Rebecca Lilly

Anderson Elv
James Gifford

Friday Namaz
Faiz Ahmad

for the evil eye
Kashiana Singh

Sonnet on being truly lucky
William J. Joel

The Howl
My Daughter and I Gather Stones at Empire Beach
Kimberly Ann Priest

Robins Revisited
Song for Curtis Hayes
John Steven Beauchamp

Christ Came Down to Capel Celyn
Tobacco Offering in a Welsh Graveyard
Brett Evans

A Little Coat of the Metaphysical
Mark Wagenaar

Dragonflies Hunting
Matthew J. Spireng

That Lighter, Brighter World We Sleep In
Boomerang Poem
Deborah H. Doolittle

That Moment
Anthony DiMatteo

“Dust (Singapore Galaxy)”—Ni Youyu
Peter J. King

Timothy Dodd

Making Room
Bruce Cohen

Even with Eyes Open
Letter to Terwilliger from Nowhere
The Spreading Wide
Robert Okaji

Sick and Sad
Janelle Cordero

Olaitan Humble

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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To celebrate the revitalization of the journal, thank its supporters, and encourage potential new readers, the entire text of Volume 85 is available as a free PDF.

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