NDQ 2019 Year in Review

As readers of this blog know, one of my most meaningful side-hustles is being editor of the literary and public humanities journal North Dakota Quarterly. As part of that deal, I post weekly on their blog. Often it’s a poem, story, or essay from a volume of NDQ. Sometimes it’s an update on the next issue. Other times it’s something unique to the blog for an editor or a contributor.  If you sort of like what I do here and want to explore some of my other interests, do check out the NDQ blog.

I always urge folks to contribute, subscribe, or otherwise support (by, for example, sharing links when we do post), with the same little paragraph: 

It goes without saying that NDQ relies on our outstanding contributors, editors, and subscribers to thrive. Please consider submitting to NDQsubscribing, or downloading our previous volume.  For some content from NDQ 86.1/2, click here, and for content from our most recent issue, 86.3/4, click here. You can download volume 85 for free here.

This past week, I linked to the 15 or so most popular posts on the NDQ page posted over the past year. There’s a ton of great stuff, but the readers of this blog might be most interested in these:

“Lullaby For Bones,” “Saint Pocahontas,” and “Trickster Story” by Jenny L. Davis is a great series of poems that explore the relationship between indigenous academics and their past.

Shadow Matter” by J. A. Bernstein is a haunting story of academic life.

“Tourism Theory” and “Theophilus Luatima at the End of the World” by George Fragopoulos speaks of tourism and the end of the world, which are familiar themes to anyone who visits the Mediterranean.

Images of Austerity” by Wyatt Atchley comes from our work at the Wesley College Documentation Project.  

David Pratt’s “An Olive Grove in Crete, 1941” refracts with Greek history.


Here are the rest of the most popular posts from 2019. 

The Gay as Pariah” by Sharon Carson (and also check out her essay “Trickle Up Art”)

“In Your Mind You Go to Water” and “Missio Mei” by Kimberly Becker.

Double Helix” by Ronna Wineberg.

Green Scarf” by Judith Ford.

The Rain” by Marcus Amaker.

An Interview with William H. Gass” by Crystal Alberts (also check out her essay “Festscrift”)

Indians of Alcatraz: 50th Anniversary of the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz (1969-1971)” by Gayatri Devi.

Chronoscope 126: The moon, the closest orbit” by John Walser.


And here are three post that deserve more attention:

Paper Man” by Paula Brown.

Clutch” by Clay Matthews.

“american idols” and “the last of the polka dots” by Evan Anders.

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