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This Land Press


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  1. Allison Hedge Coke

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke lives with her mustangs, dogs, and 92-year-old father in an old rock house just south of Guthrie, Oklahoma, where she sleeps in a moriche palm hammock and is regularly awoken by earthquakes. Allison is musician, filmmaker, and writer who says she’s inspired by nearly everything. She studies change, motion, and migratory […]

    October 23, 2014

  2. John School

    On Valentine’s Day 2012, Jarrae Estepp climbed into the passenger seat of a white Ford pick-up. She was five months pregnant and holding a long-stemmed rose. The truck picked her up from the 3800 block of Oklahoma City’s South Robinson Avenue, drove a dozen blocks, and turned into the Catalina Motel. After the driver registered […]

    October 22, 2014

  3. Suspicious Mind

    The November race for Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional District, which spills out of the Panhandle and fills the western half of the state, is rated a “safe Republican” contest by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Thus, the Republican primary, in June, was the de facto election. The district elected Democrats through most of the 20th century, […]

    October 21, 2014

  4. Hard Times Oklahoma: A Russell Lee Photo Essay

    Seventy-five years ago, in April of 1939, John Steinbeck published his fictionalized account of the severe hardships facing Oklahoma’s rural poor. His novel, The Grapes of Wrath, told a story of “exodusters” forced from their homes by economic and environmental aftershocks of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Inspired by Steinbeck’s tale, social documentary photographer […]

    October 16, 2014

  5. Capitol Coercion

    Texas Governor Rick Perry’s recent indictment by a grand jury in Travis County, Texas, might seem familiar to the people of Oklahoma County, if they’ve been following the case of Albert Gustava Gerhart, founding member of the Sooner Tea Party. These cases call into question the definitions of blackmail and coercion—and whether those words ought […]

    October 14, 2014

  6. An Interview with Ralph Ellison

    Ellison was not known for giving interviews, but in 1966 he sat down at his home in New York City with Robert Hughes. The video of their conversation shows Ellison dressed in a sweater vest and dark-framed glasses. He’s in his element—an office decorated with stacks of books and Buddhist statues. When answering questions about […]

    October 13, 2014

  7. Homecoming

     For Uncle Max Greed, I guess—my father answered me uncharacteristically critical of our ancestors, their impulsive move to New Mexico Territory stopping somewhere around Clayton where nothing worked out. When the horses died from grazing locoweed they loaded their sparse selves in a wagon and bleakly headed back to northwest Oklahoma—the grass in those Gypsum […]

    October 13, 2014

  8. The Cathedral Cruiser

    When GM decommissioned the Parade of Progress, 12 Futurliners went up for sale. We know that a couple of them found their way to the Michigan State Police and were used as traveling exhibits for fairground displays. We also found out that at least one Futurliner found its way into the hands of the Oral […]

    October 03, 2014

  9. This Is My Beloved Son

    The fall of the first family of televangelism came swiftly. Two Oral Roberts Ministries employees crouched on a desk on their hands and knees, their heads sticking through a hole in the wall. The voices of the Oral Roberts University Board of Regents on the speakerphone conference call one floor below carried up through the thin […]

    October 02, 2014


October 15, 2014

Our second annual Poetry Issue, guest-edited by Scott Gregory, celebrates John Berryman's centennial, explores the new literary trend of making poetry to order, and overflows with new work by Oklahoma poets.

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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

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.