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  1. Bobby Wants to Get in Touch

    Bobby Berryhill served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Oklahoma National Guard from 2010 to 2012. He's lived on and off the streets ever since.

    August 21, 2014

  2. Her Dad, Oral Roberts

    Roberta Roberts Potts shares memories of what it was like to have an Evangelical rock star for a father.

    August 20, 2014

  3. Near McAlester

    When folks ask me where in Oklahoma I live, I say “near McAlester,” because this is where I go to shop, use the library, eat out, get my oil changed. It has the post office I visit most often, the courthouse I’ve been inside more than any other. I’ve set portions of two novels and a […]

    August 20, 2014

  4. LaDonna’s World

    LaDonna Osborne muses on her parents' unconventional art collection.

    August 19, 2014

  5. Thirty Minutes of Terror

    The afternoon opens with a birthday party. Your neighborhood friends are ramping BMX bicycles in the driveway. You’re playing jacks with the girl who will take you to Sadie Hawkins when you’re 15. Dad pulls up in his work truck with a birthday card from Grandpa with a $10 bill in it. Life at 10 is […]

    August 18, 2014

  6. The Hollering Fool: A Love Note to Bob Wills

    Folklorist Guy Logsdon tells us about Bob Wills.

    August 14, 2014

  7. Pork and Greens

    Commercial pig farms have a reputation for their smell. Stephen Green was more troubled by their sound.

    August 13, 2014

  8. The Society Gang Killing

    One of Tulsa’s most notorious crimes occurred on Thanksgiving night, 1934. Twenty-one-year-old John Gorrell’s body was found around midnight slumped over the steering wheel of his car, which was jammed over the curb at the intersection of Victor Street and Forest Boulevard in the exclusive Forest Hills section of Tulsa. Two days later, 19-year-old Phillip […]

    August 13, 2014

  9. Cornel Williams and Keith Reed

    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 […]

    August 12, 2014

  10. Group Fitness by Roxanne Gay

    A meditation on life in a gated community in Naples, Florida.

    August 12, 2014

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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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August 01, 2014

In this issue, Russell Cobb examines the life of Iron Eyes Cody, a Sicilian actor who made a career out of pretending to be Indian, and wonders why so many white people still insist on fashioning Native identities out of thin air. Also, we've got Rilla Askew on McAlester, Aaron Toney on tornados, Jessica Puckett on the 1904 Olympic Marathon, and new poetry by Angelia Herrin.

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July 15, 2014

This issue of This Land is packed with tales of crime and consequences. Jamie Birdwell-Branson shares an outlaw family legend, Kent F. Frates illuminates the darker details of a murder-extortion plot, Glenn Shirley cross-examines an unorthodox legal strategy, David A. Farris takes us from Chicago to Guthrie to Cheyenne in search of a missing cult member, and James A. Pearson shines a bright light on our state's crime statistics. Plus, new poetry by Julie McConnell and a striking back-cover portrait.

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July 01, 2014

In this very special music-themed issue of This Land, we get ready for the Woody Guthrie Festival with stories of rock stars, troubadours, riot grrrls, and impersonators. Michael Mason sits down for a conversation with Jimmy LaFave, Tyson Meade sends us a letter from Shanghai, Jeff Martin remembers a surreal encounter with Bob Dylan, Thomas Conner ponders authenticity and persona, and Adrian Margaret Brune explains an underground feminist punk-rock movement. Plus, Britton Gildersleeve reminds us of the musicality of words with two new poems.

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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...
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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...
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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.
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June 15, 2014

In 1935, at age 14, Gunther Renberg emigrated from Germany, changed his name to Kenneth, and settled in Enid, Oklahoma, with his second cousins. He volunteered for the Army when he was just 17. First Lieutenant Kenneth Renberg earned a Purple Heart after he was wounded 70 years ago during the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. That A...