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 86, Numbers 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2019)

Editor’s Note
            William Caraher
Snow-Covered Ground
            Joseph Buehler
F Is For…
            Dave Wieczorek
The Snow
In Life
            Danny P. Barbare
Shadow Matter
            J. A. Bernstein
Portage Lake
            Edzordzi Agbozo
            Alamgir Hashmi
            Michael Cohen
Oh, Winnipeg
the car like metal sinks in mud; the pond is a coffin for rain
            Tom Pescatore
            TS Hidalgo
A Completely Useless but Somehow Essential Guide on How to Answer the Question “What is Your Tattoo About?”
            Skylar Peyton
what had been
rocking on the heel of an ostrich oxford
            Megan Stratford
Heat Wave
Locked Out
The Cold
            Eric Greinke
Hokkaido Seasons
Bear's Heart: Haru. Spring
Rain: Natsu. Summer
Hanko: Aki. Autumn
The Nakayama Pass: Fuyu. Winter
            Paula Kaufman
THE WAY of ELEGANCE, or Forty-One Dunks
Brett Kavanaugh
            Candice Kelsey
            Lauro Palomba
Come Winter, Father and Son
            Robert Stothart
My Daughter Turned Eleven Today
Creaking Floor, Silent Bed
Phantom Pain
Pushing Up Daisies
            Jim Daniels
A Man Who Lives Alone
After the Gold Watch
An Olive Grove in Crete, 1941
            David Pratt
Bachelor Party
            Derek Dubois
[over and over]
[heavy doors]
            Darren C. Demaree
Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust
What Good These Gregorian Chants?
            John Dorroh
Double Helix
            Ronna Wineberg
In Your Mind You Go to Water
Missio Mei
The Beds of Children
            Kimberly L. Becker
The Refrigerator Talmud
            Judith Gold Stitzel
Fruit Bowl
            Mark Danowsky
I Never Wanted to Be an Astronaut
            Alan Haider
A Cold House
            Michael Walsh
Coal Country
            David Dodd Lee
A Prayer for my Christian Father
            Danielle Hale
Partly True, Partly False: My Romance with Law & Order Characters
            Aruni Kashyap
Echoes in the Song of Time
The Night Unwritten
Daydreams in the Dark
            Tom McFadden
Rohingya refugees
            Sandip Saha
            Dana Salvador
Theophilus Luatima at the End of the World
Tourism Theory
            George Fragopoulos
Ivan Krastev’s After Europe and the Dramatic Risk of European Disintegration
            Daniela Koleva
Planet Trump
            Daniel de Culla
If You
            Matt Mason
            Anum Sattar
Quilt on Wall
            Richard Dinges
A Tribute to William Gass
            Crystal Alberts, Guest Editor
            Crystal Alberts
An Interview with William H. Gass
Tributes to William Gass
            Robert Coover
            Garth Risk Hallberg
            Joy Williams
            Kathyrn Davis
            Matthias Göritz
            Michael Eastman
To ‘Contemplate the World through Words’: On Teaching William H. Gass in the Fiction Workshop
            Patrick Thomas Henry

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


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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