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This Land Press


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  1. Three Sonnets

    1. Richard Roberts, ca. 1954 He used to hold her down (my mother used to say) and lick. His long, pink tongue would dart from chin to forehead as snail trails cruised along her face, her eyes part-way closed, part- way opened. His face, suspended art- fully like the moon, watching, waiting, hoping that she […]

    September 30, 2014

  2. Sam Gillaspy

    Sam Gillaspy has lived in Arcadia, Oklahoma, for 88 years. He’s devoted the last eight of those to giving tours at the Round Barn of Arcadia on historic Route 66. To folks who visit the antique attraction, Gillaspy is known simply as Mr. Sam. Tourists and locals alike have made it a mission to stop […]

    September 29, 2014

  3. The Red Shift

    North of the Red River, in the “Land of the Red Man,” on the iron-rich red soil and matching dust, with red Russian wheat waving, and rose rocks abounding, and red-tailed hawks circling, and redbuds blooming, the red “46” state flag was flying over the 1914 State Capitol, and inside were six Socialist Party legislators.[1] Our Populist […]

    September 23, 2014

  4. An Apparition and a Refuge

      It’s one of those buildings that everyone has seen and many have noted, but hardly anyone can locate. Even those who pass it daily on the local streets hesitate when asked precisely which one it’s on, exactly what it’s called. From the highway, only the cupola and spire are visible for fleeting seconds, an […]

    September 22, 2014

  5. Marcello Angelini

    How long does it take to dance from Italy to Oklahoma? For Marcello Angelini, almost 35 years. He began studying ballet as a child in Naples, Italy, before graduating from the Kiev Institute of Dance in the former Soviet Union. He wound up in Tulsa after a bout of tendonitis pulled him off the stage […]

    September 19, 2014

  6. Signs of Forgotten Times

    In a small meeting room in a Unitarian Universalist church a few miles north of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, people of different races and age groups gathered in late 2001 to pore over the large and comprehensive “Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot.” Between bites of doughnuts and sips of coffee, they […]

    September 18, 2014

  7. The Dirt Room

    She couldn’t resist the photographs online, or the sellers’ description: Adorable Cape Cod with walk-out basement! Main floor has master suite, spare bedroom (or office), kitchen, dining and living room. Upstairs kids’ bedrooms with built-in desks, a window seat with cedar storage, bathroom and three attic storage areas. Basement has a huge space for additional living, […]

    September 17, 2014

  8. Wild Life

    The rock formations that spill out from the wooded foothills of the Sans Bois Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma were once a draw for outlaws and outcasts. Legend has it that these rocky cliffs and canyons served as a refuge for a number of personae non gratae, from Civil War deserters to infamous outlaws like Jesse James, Belle […]

    September 16, 2014

  9. Greed Is Good

    During the final phase of military conquest of the continent, surviving Indigenous refugees were deposited in Indian Territory, piled on top of each other in smaller and smaller reservations. In 1883, the first of several conferences were held in Mohonk, New York, of a group of influential and wealthy advocates of the “manifest destiny” policy. These […]

    September 12, 2014

  10. The Train Singer’s Song

    I had been watching freight trains from the window of my 10:00 Tuesday-Thursday class all semester. The classroom was on the third floor of a four-story brick building, a converted dorm, located on the edge of campus, beyond which a set of railroad tracks rose out of a shallow ravine on a gravel ballast. Class ended at 11:10 and usually […]

    September 09, 2014


October 01, 2014

In this issue, we investigate coercion, fraud, impulse, and constraint: Marcos Barbery solicits an alternative solution to sex trafficking, Brian Ted Jones discerns political action from criminal action, and Matt Lardner reports on a strange accusation of political fraud. Plus, a collection of rare Dust Bowl-era photographs reveals past and future duress, and new poetry by Ken Hada.

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September 15, 2014

Volume 5/Issue 18

In this issue, we bring you the fascinating rise and fall of Oral Roberts' empire, which evolved from a traveling tent crusade to a worldwide ministry and an expansive South Tulsa university. But—as Oral was fond of saying—success without a successor is failure, and finding a suitable heir to pass down the scepter proved more difficult than he imagined. Understanding the curse and privilege of the Roberts name is only half the story; the rest is wrapped up in the culture of charismatic evangelism, betrayal, and forgiveness.

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September 01, 2014

In This Land, Vol. 5, Issue 17, we bring you an exclusive look into the anthropomorphic subculture that meets every year in southeastern Oklahoma. Plus, we've got Larry Guthrie on Oklahoma's political path, Adrian Brune on riots, and more. Here's a preview at what you'll find inside: WILD LIFE: Jezy J. Gray embeds himself with a pack of therians for a weekend of camping, archery, and debauchery—and leaves with a better grasp of the furry fandom. GREEN IS GOOD: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz examines the making (and taking) of Indian Territory fro...

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August 15, 2014

Our Summer Fiction Issue is filled to the brim with new work by Oklahoma authors. Guest Editor Constance Squires worked with writers from all over the state to curate a fiction issue that represents a mix of sensibilities and subject matter.

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Rilla Askew was born in the San Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma, a place she’s noted for its harshness and beauty—both qualities that cling to her prose like campfire smoke on an old jacket. She also cites Oklahoma’s rich language, a mixture of Southern vernacular and the King James Version of the Bible, as inspiration for her own na...

August 01, 2014

There's hardly anything about McAlester, Oklahoma, that Steve Adams doesn’t know. For 35 years, he’s been the local historian, amassing a vast collection of hometown history through newspaper clippings research, books, and photos, which he displays at the McAlester library. A lifelong resident, Adams worked as a security guard for 25 years at t...

July 15, 2014

These men know how to roll with the punches. A decade ago, Cornel Williams (right) created Tulsa Crime Monthly — the satirical tabloid famous for its copy-and-pasted illustrations and bold, all-capped analyses of crime and politics in T-Town — to heighten awareness of violent crimes after a close friend was murdered. Next to him is his good fri...

July 01, 2014

Untitled (Woman and Man) by Woody Guthrie. New York City, December 1942. © Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. Pencil with pen-and-ink on poster board illustration for Guthrie’s autobiography Bound For Glory.