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 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2021)


Pursue _______________: A Crowd-Sourced Letterpress Project
Ryan Stander

A Spy in Vienna, Seduced
Kathleen Baum

Kept Company
Sheila Liming

Katie Edkins Milligan

Eight Men
Anna Maconochie

Jayne S. Wilson

The Shark
Benjamin Steinhorn

Heart on a Wire
Sean M.F. Sullivan

Non Fiction
Jennifer N. Shannon

Garnett and the Lavender-Lit Room
Debra Monroe

State Lines
Mary Mullen

The Day the Sun Didn’t Rise
Katrin Arefy

Baked Alaska
Coyote Shook

Holy Shit!
Priscilla Long

The Informed Heart
Carl Schiffman

Little Stars and Little Children
Growing Into Myself
Carol Hamilton

Morgan Bazilian

Expecting Spring
Surely, It Must Be True
Sally Dunn

The Hough Riots
Active Shooter
A Life More Abundant
William Heath

“Must I change my triumphant songs?”
Ace Boggess

Virginia Woolf’s Diary: September 10, 1913
Mac Campbell

Envious I am of the hermits
Ilhem Issaoui

Woman-Tied Knots, Sichuan, 1986
Serenity Prayer, Old Chapel Cemetery
Mary Alice Dixon

a northern cemetery
Rebecca E. Bender

Allen Kenneth Schaidle

The Truth of It
Robert Grunst

Chronoscope 181: And that spot
John Walser

Day 1
As a Child
Diente de Leche
Laine Derr

Will Cordeiro

North Country
David R. Solheim

Explaining Extinction to My Son
Brett Ortler

I am your silence
Peter Grandbois

Script for a Deathbed Confession
David Rock

Five Contemporary Dutch Poets
Translated by Arno Bohlmeijer
Saying goodbye at age seven
Judith Herzberg

Ted van Lieshout

Paul Demets

Phebe Rasch

Grown up
Arno Bohlmeijer

What is More Beautiful Than Winter
Samuel Swauger

Some Light Can Never Be Seen
Brian Clifton

Birth Story
Andrena Zawinski

Andrew Koch

James Kangas

The Ants
Vlad Tumanov

Dog & Human
Alan Britt

Day of small talk
Mark Danowsky

Down in Another Country
Roberta Santlofer

Sleepy Whale 470
Terry Brinkman

A Poor Wolf’s Poem
Michael S. Walker

M. Nasorri Pavone

For C
Brandon Krieg

Making balance
Cows and sometimes horses
DS Maolalai

If Mouse Could Slip Her Skin
Barbara Saunier

The End of the World Cookbook
Kurt Olsson

How the Body Can Be a Sky to Hold the Stars
Jose Luis Oseguera

Caves, Whether Sacred or Profane,
Nick Conrad

Masha Ko and Adam Kravitz

“About Suffering They Were Never Wrong”
David Keplinger

Online Auction
Changing Weather
Christina E. Petrides

Peter Vertacnik

Polyurethane Covid
George Stratigakis

from the wright brothers to icarus: a history of aviation
an ode to the social distance skating club
Jona L. Pedersen

Space Cadet 1
Waking from the American Dream
Mindfulness Over Matters
Rich Murphy

Misquoting Churchill
Andrew Johnson

First Rod
Iain Twiddy

Lauro Palomba

My Father’s Paranoid from Various Angles
Nnadi Samuel

Taking Mom to See the Pope
Jake Sheff

Carol Ellis

The Windows Are Too Wide at Starbucks
Ilan Mochari

Leslie Schultz

A Full Decade
John Tustin

i rituals
dystopia à la carte
Evan Anders

A. Molotkov

Much Ado about a Dawn That Dimmed
Ndaba Sibanda

In the Hiccup of Their Yelling
John McCarthy

Exit Interview
Michael Milligan

Any adequate delusion
Forever has a way
After a Lotus birth the life cord
Richard Weaver

Sanjeev Sethi 

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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Free Download of Volume 85

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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