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 89, Numbers 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2022)

In Memoriam: Donald Junkins
The Editors

Special Section on Literature in Translation
Introduction to A Special Section on Translation
Melissa Birkhofer

The Summer My Mother Had Green Eyes
Tatiana Ţîbuleac (Translated by Jozefina Komporaly)

My unfinished poem
Spartakos Anagnostaras

May I?
A Rainy Day
Dmitry Blizniuk (Translated by Sergey Gerasimov)

New York, 1968
Fifth Avenue, New York
But How Much Longer!
Because . . .
The New Greeks
Doros Loizou (Translated by Peter J. King and Andrea Christofidou)

First Voice
Heart of a river
Juana Peñate Montejo (Translated by Carol Rose Little and Charlotte Milholland Friedman)

Unpublished Haikus
Drunkness of poetry
Jaime Pérez González

Introduction to the Poetry of Muyaka bin Haji al-Ghassaniy
Richard Prins

Go Beat On the Hive
All of It Dies Inside You
What Is Mine Is Yours
My Dinghy
The Donkey Breeder
Muyaka bin Haji al-Ghassaniy (Translated by Richard Prins)

Introduction to the Poetry of María Concepción Bautista Vázquez
Sean Sell

I am a traveler
Quiet time
Misty sky
The song of the souls
María Concepción Bautista Vázquez (Translated by Sean Sell)

What I Wrote About
Judita Šalgo (Translated by John K. Cox)

Ophelia’s Understudy
Ross West

Saga of the Past-Life Debutants
Seth Brady Tucker

Carolyn Oliver

Shane Castle

Brownout, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Jules Fitz Gerald

Erica Goss

For Autumn
Autumn Farmer

Ymir’s Blood
Sarah Beck

The Black Hero’s Journey: A Review of Colin in Black and White
Eric Burin

The Countenance Is Upon Us
Millicent Accardi

Anne Dyer Stuart

Tabbitha Erceg

Quiet Attire
Cameron Lovejoy

Natalie Callum

John Grey

Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Passing Judgment
Peter Imsdahl

Peacock Flat
Marc Janssen

I’m Listening
Zarah Parker

Yard Work
Wade Fox

Time is another river
Poetry near you
Merie Kirby

Shoulder To Shoulder
Ken Holland

Trevian J. Hunter

Entertaining Physics in War
Jeffrey H. MacLachlan

The Gravity of Flight
When Sleep Won’t Come
Margo Davis

We All Fall Down
William R. Stoddart

Unguided Mission
Robert Pegel

Fashion Statement
Fred Pollack

Comfort Food, And Not
Pan-demic Of Quesadillas
Our Merry Tradition, Tradition
Wrongly Papered-Over Anniversary
Personal Plus Political Arcs
Gerard Sarnat

Becoming Bulletproof
Debbie K. Trantow

Unforgiven, I Wake to A Burning City, Minneapolis, May 28, 2020
An April Morning in Self Quarantine
Patrick Cabello Hansel  000
Poem with a Little Help from B.B. King
Daye Phillippo

Guinea Pigs
Kim Roberts

Perturbation Midnight
Terry Brinkman

The Day My Son Learns About Death
Katy Luxem

A Prison Farm Spoons with Oxbow Lakes
Coronavirus Diary Redux
Angela Ball

Showers & Rain
Death Certificates
Michael Lee Johnson

Morning Sky
Charlene Langfur

Apnea in the Land of Pandemic
Small World
Robert S. King

If the Shoe Fits
Bonnie Larson Staiger

Daniel Aristi

Robbie Gamble

w.w. harris

Can We All Get Along?
A girl
A shopkeeper
Patti Kameya

Tent City
Cole W. Williams

The Code of George
Hire a Veteran
Richard Cecil

Vanishing Points
Jeffrey Thompson

March 8, 2019
An Atheist No More
Baseball Enlightenment
On an Old Ballplayer Getting Back in Shape
Baseball Sestina
John Poff

Baseball Time
Barry Harris

Robert L. Penick

Fast Food
Anna Kavanaugh

Skeletons Fighting Over a Pickled Herring
Kenneth Pobo

Kevin Neal

First Date
Erik Moyer

In Life, There Is Always an Endgame
Ann Christine Tabaka

We ask wedding guests to wear flats
Beth Oast Williams

Mornings Without Coffee
Man on Twitter Who Isn’t Your Friend
Cyndie Zikmund

The Window
Sam Rose Preminger

when my mother ironed
Susan Triemert

Tom Barlow

Rumors of Abandonment
Red Shirt
Beverly Burch

The Funeral Diviner
Rebecca Lilly

I Never Do This
Gloria Parker

Pack the Weight
Man Pickup
Diane Webster

Parallel Play
A Bit of Mould
Richard Brancato

Whitetip Sharks Below Cargo Pier
Jojo Morelli

You Don’t Want to Be a River
William Doreski

The Road Becomes a River
Brendan Stermer

Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Rémy
The Recluse
Jane Blanchard

Rediscovering Poetry on My Day Off
Karen DeGroot Carter

Caleb Coy

Real Poems: A Rush from Each One I Flag
Rodney Torreson

I Looked for Sylvia in the Library
Alicia Caldanaro Wildfang

Reading Henry Vaughan
William Virgil Davis

We Are All Complicit
Oisín Breen

Honorary Darwin Award
Da Dragon In Me
Polynesians of Da North Atlantic
Joe Balaz

William Heath

S. Mitra

Red Light
Cameron Brooks

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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