Vol. 36, No. 3 & 4, Winter/Spring 2020

About the Cover

About the cover and photographer

A display of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, illuminates November night skies above Mendeltna Creek in southcentral Alaska. © 2020 Roy Corral.

Roy Corral’s photography has been widely published in national magazines including National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Sierra, Audubon, Travel and Leisure, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, and Sports Illustrated for Kids. Many of his photographs are currently displayed at the Anchorage Museum’s Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Corral is also the photographer for several books, including What the Elders Have Taught Us, My Denali, A Child’s Glacier Bay, Children of the Midnight Sun, and Children of the First People.



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Table of Contents

Editor’s Note Ronald Spatz


Autism, Poetry, and the Art of Transformation Chris Martin
Neighbors Gathered Michael Downs
Beauty in a Time of Darkness Bonnie Nadzam


The Party Katya Apekina
Simon’s Home for the Gently Loved Molly Gutman
Photographers Daniel Pearce
Missing Kirsten Madsen
The Wastrel’s Curse Matthew Lansburgh
The Velvet Elise Juska
Breaking In Joy Lanzendorfer
Village Girl Patricia Page


Monarchs, Viceroys, Swallowtails Robert Hedin
Apology Girl Lisa C. Krueger
Many Savage Things John McCarthy
True Loss Emily Yaremchuk
Inside Lynn Domina
What I Shouted and You Shouted Marjorie Saiser
Natural Selections Bruce Cohen
How Many Days Can a Camel Survive Without Water?
Wishbone Carey Salerno
Sick Horse
Before the Wolf Moon Brendan Galvin
Two Coyotes Appear to Me in the Empty Parking Lot of Mix 92.9 Joanna Currey
On Marriage and American Coots Charlotte Pence
Dowser Samuel Green
Street Corner Market, Philadelphia Amy Alvarez
Summer Imperative Michael McGriff
A Short History of the Rain
Cows Returning From Pasture Judith Harris
Kesslers’ Warehouse John Bargowski
Mom-in-a-Box Elaine Terranova
Upon Reading that a Soldier who Survives an IED Explosion… John Hodgen
Five Years Ago Today Katherine Lo
Yukon Insomnia File Jamella Hagen
The Astronomer
Anhedonia Heather Treseler
Substance and Accident Margaret Ray
The Clearing
Regional Echo Colby Cotton
The Steadfast Tin Soldier Margaret MacKinnon


Carrying the Fire: Celebrating Indigenous Voices of Canada
A Literary Anthology


Carrying the Fire Sophie McCall, Deanna Reder, Sarah Henzi, Sam McKegney, Warren Cariou
Letter to an Emerging Writer Daniel Heath Justice


Selected Winners and Finalists

From nipê wânîn: my
way back
têpiya pîkiskwêwina
Mika Lafond
just words
From This Wound Is a World
Notes From a Public Washroom
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Colonialism: A Love Story
Queen Bee Elaine McArthur
Hair Raizing Treena Chambers
From Full-Metal Indigiqueer “d” Pairs Well With Vowels Joshua Whitehead
The Hand Trembler Nazbah Tom
Pejipug (Winter Arrives) Amanda Peters
Uashteu (Il y a de la lumière) Marie-Andrée Gill
From #haikuaday and other poems
a love poem to your great great grandmother
Smokii Sumac
what you don’t understand
From #IndianLovePoems
Tenille K. Campbell
From Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl
Since Time Immemorial
Francine Merasty
From De vengeance
RÉAL et Carolanne
J.D. Kurtness
Roy and Carol Anne
(Trans. Pablo Stauss)
From Manikanetish
Le texte
Naomi Fontaine
From Those Who Run in the Sky Aviaq Johnston
Ode to Nanabush Brandi Bird
Marriage ‘à la façon du pays’
All That Was Left David Agecoutay
From Glass Beads
Excerpt from “Two Years Less a Day”
Dawawn Dumont
From Bad Endings
Carleigh Baker


Special Thanks