Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL) is the only journal in the United States that focuses exclusively on American Indian literatures. With a wide scope of scholars and creative contributors, this journal is on the cutting edge of activity in the field. SAIL invites the submission of scholarly, critical pedagogical, and theoretical manuscripts focused on any aspect of American Indian literatures as well as the submission of bibliographical essays, review essays, and interviews. SAIL defines "literatures" broadly to include all written, spoken, and visual texts created by Native peoples.
SAIL is the official journal of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literature and members receive the journal as a benefit of membership.
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Special Section: Water
Guest Editors Christina Boyles and Hilary E. Wyss
From the Editors
Water Is Life: Ecologies of Writing and Indigeneity
Christina Boyles and Hilary E. Wyss
Writing Water, Writing Life: Silko as Environmental Activist
Water, History, and Sovereignty in Simon J. Ortiz’s “Our Homeland, a National Sacrifice Area”
Robin Riley Fast
Intervening in the Archive: Women-Water Alliances, Narrative Agency, and Reconstructing Indigenous Space in Deborah Miranda’s Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir
Shanae Aurora Martinez
Mnisose / the Missouri River: A Comparative Literary Analysis of River Stories from the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the #NoDAPL Movement
Straight Talk: Two Spirit Erasure as the Price of Sovereignty in James Welch’s The Heartsong of Charging Elk
Lydia R. Cooper
“I Got This AB Original Soul / I Got This AB Original Flow”: Frank Waln, the Postmasculindian, and Hip Hop as Survivance
“This Story Needs a Witness”: The Imbrication of Witnessing, Storytelling, and Resilience in Lee Maracle’s Celia’s Song
Laura J. Beard
Revitalization Strategies in Gaspar Pedro González’s A Mayan Life
Molly McGlennen. Creative Alliances: The Transnational Designs of Indigenous Women’s Poetry
Elizabeth Kryder-Reid. California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage
Shanae Aurora Martinez
Heid E. Erdrich. Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media
The editorial board of Studies in American Indian Literatures invites the submission of scholarly manuscripts focused on all aspects of Indigenous literatures, including bibliographical essays, review essays, and interviews. We define “literatures” broadly to include written, spoken, and visual texts created by Indigenous people in what are
currently known as the Americas. Submissions should demonstrate critical engagement with the fields of Native American and Indigenous literary studies; we are especially
interested in publishing work on lesser-known and non-canonical authors and texts. Manuscripts of roughly 5000-7000 words should be prepared according to the most
recent edition of the MLA Handbook and emailed as an attachment. SAIL observes a “blind reading” policy to maintain academic integrity, so do not include any identifying
information anywhere in the document. All submissions are read by outside reviewers, and the entire peer-review process from submission to publication can take up to a full
year. Manuscript submissions and any queries should be sent to email@example.com .
Special Issue Proposal Guidelines
SAIL invites proposals for special sections of the journal, particularly those addressing lesser-discussed authors, texts and genres. A special section may include between 3-5 article-length essays (5000-8000 words each), with a shorter introductory piece (1000-5000 words) by the section editor(s).
Potential special section editors should send a 250-word proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org . Include the rationale for the special section and a listing of the essays and their authors to be included. We request that special section editors undertake a first round of peer review with their authors. SAIL will also submit the entire special section to two external readers for peer review. Because the process of finding reviewers for special sections can be more time-consuming than for individual essays, special section editors will want to plan for a full year from initial submission to final publication.
Call for Reviews
The field of American Indian literature includes poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction, critical theory, cultural theory, history, and all forms of story in the shape of comics, movies, videos and games. Tell us what makes you think, answers your questions, or asks for response and revision. What are you reading, watching, playing, scrolling through? Studies in American Indian Literatures welcomes reviews of scholarly and creative works relevant to the field of American Indian literature. Reviews should be at least 500 words and no longer than 1000 words. To submit a review contact SAIL Review Editor, Margaret Noodin.
June Scudeler, Simon Fraser University
Siobhan Senier, University of New Hampshire
Book Review Editor
Birgit Brander Rasmussen
Daniel Heath Justice
Daniel Heath Justice
Robert M. Nelson
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