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  1. Irena Kendrick

    Irena Kendrick was born February 5, 1976, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She immigrated to Oklahoma, by way of Germany, as a war refugee when she was 22. After slogging away as a pre-legal subrogation specialist for a decade, Irena cashed in her 401K and opened a restaurant, Joey’s Pizzeria, in Oklahoma City in 2007. She […]

    December 22, 2014

  2. Letter from Ferguson

    By sundown Monday evening, November 24, the scene in front of the Ferguson Police Department was nothing short of dystopian. A metal barricade that stretched nearly a block was flanked on one side by citizens, protesters, and journalists and on the other by scores of police officers outfitted head to toe in riot gear—all awaiting […]

    December 22, 2014

  3. A Pentecost of Bicycles

    The attraction between a boy and his bike, as William Maxwell writes about the attraction between boys and dogs, can be taken for granted. One Sunday morning, I felt a moist hand touch my cheek. When I opened my eyes, the light through the window was gray and I could only see the shadow of […]

    December 19, 2014

  4. The Disappearance of Ford Beckman

    Editor’s note: On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Ford Beckman, the subject of this story, died at his home in Tulsa. He was 62 years old. This article was originally published in November/December 2009 in The Believer magazine. It is included in the new anthology of essays, Read Harder, published by McSweeney’s Books, September 2014. When […]

    December 18, 2014

  5. Icee Dates, Evangelical Games, and Missional Positions

    I remember the crying. Girls with mascara smeared across their faces, racing down the aisles of the tabernacle toward the preacher. Some went in pairs, clutching each other and whispering. The boys typically walked alone, proud and sure of themselves as they went down to inform a Falls Creek counselor of their decisions, whether it […]

    December 17, 2014

  6. Making the Case for Martyrdom

    Stanley Rother was an unlikely martyr. He was born in a small farmhouse outside Okarche, a small town in western Oklahoma. After high school he decided to pursue the priesthood, but flunked out of seminary and was only allowed to transfer to another because of the influence of his bishop. He briefly served a number […]

    December 16, 2014

  7. When Kansas Was Ahead of its Time

    With the celebration, remembrance, and commentary that has come with 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act this year, we should also remember and celebrate that legislation for equal public accommodations was introduced on the Kansas House floor as early as 1956 by a gentleman who was not yet allowed to join his fellow members […]

    December 11, 2014

  8. Religion of Silence

    A curving road led me from the expressway into a neighborhood where American flags adorned brown, brick houses and kids’ plastic cars were parked on front lawns. An RV claimed half of a driveway, looking spick-and-span for the Fourth of July weekend. At the end of Lakeview Drive came a swooping turn right onto the […]

    December 09, 2014

  9. Father George Eber

    Father George Eber, an Okie since the ’80s, is originally from Buffalo, New York. After three years as an infantry officer in Vietnam, he worked in business in Colorado, only to find he needed “more important”work. That’s when Oral Roberts University offered a home for his preparation for the priesthood. Soon after embracing the Orthodox faith, he […]

    December 08, 2014

  10. CJ Wells

    If you ask CJ Wells what brought him to Tulsa, he’ll say, “An ‘87 Toyota pick-up truck.” He’d been throwing mud at a spinning wheel for a decade by then, but it was at the University of Tulsa under the guidance of Professor Tom Manhart that he got some formal training and earned his MFA […]

    December 04, 2014

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December 15, 2014

Volume 5, Issue 24

In this issue of conflict and travel, Derek Dyson sends us a Ferguson, John Alley and Steve Gerkin celebrate war heros, and Richard Higgs explains how a military academy became a school for country music. Here's a preview: LETTER FROM FERGUSON: Derek Dyson went to Ferguson, forged a press pass, and planted himself within the riots that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. HONKY-TONK UNIVERSITY: Following the anti-war protests of the ‘60s, the Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremor...

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December 01, 2014

Volume 5, Issue 23

In this issue, we bring you stories of Okies searching God, or something like that, and finding the divine in unexpected places. Okarche's Father Stanley Rother found himself martyred in Guatemala, and might very soon become Saint Stanley. Baptist golden-child Jamie Birdwell-Branson looks for God at Oklahoma's favorite Baptist summer camp, but only finds a politician.

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November 15, 2014

Volume 5, Issue 22

In this issue, we tell the stories behind some of Oklahoma's most iconic images. Mark Brown writes of James Earle Fraser's journey to The End of the Trail, James McGirk takes art lessons from Muskogee's Bacone College, and Tony Beaulieu resurrects the Tulsa Driller's forgotten designer. We've also got poetry, stunning photographs of Oklahoma's most beloved icons, and more.

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November 01, 2014

Volume 5, Issue 21

In our Science Fiction Issue, guest-edited by Jeff Martin, Natasha Ball profiles Oklahoma's most prolific sci-fi writer, R.A. Lafferty. His work transcended the genre and captivated an entire generation of devoted readers before quietly falling into oblivion. November 7 marks the centennial anniversary of Lafferty's birth.

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December 01, 2014

Father George Eber, an Okie since the '80s, is originally from Buffalo, New York. After three years as an infantry officer in Vietnam, he worked in business in Colorado, only to find he needed “more important”work. That’s when Oral Roberts University offered a home for his preparation for the priesthood. Soon after embracing the Orthodox fa...
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November 15, 2014

If you ask CJ Wells what brought him to Tulsa, he’ll say, “An ‘87 Toyota pick-up truck.” He’d been throwing mud at a spinning wheel for a decade by then, but it was at the University of Tulsa under the guidance of Professor Tom Manhart that he got some formal training and earned his MFA in ceramics. He still likes to call himself a crafts...
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November 01, 2014

Ryan LaCroix is the operations manager at KOSU Radio and co-hosts the weekly radio program The Oklahoma Rock Show. He also serves as contributing editor for Oklahoma Today magazine and has written essays on Oklahoma music for two Oklahoma Historical Society books. He started the online music hub OklahomaRock.com in 2003 and lives in Blanchard with ...
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October 15, 2014

The wandering poet, writer, and musician Joy Harjo returned home three years ago. She left Oklahoma for an Indian boarding school in New Mexico in the late '60s, and since then has taught at several universities, recorded several albums of music, published many volumes of poetry, children's books, and a memoir, and performed theater. She's lived in...