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  1. Scalpel

    Almost every patient mentions how it’s cold in the operating room. We keep the room around 60 degrees, in part to keep comfortable in our layers of clothes and gowns, and in recognition that keeping a chillier room helps keep infection rates lower. Lisa is no exception. As she’s being wheeled in on the gurney, […]

    August 27, 2015

  2. Passing Over

    I check my email before going to bed and find a message from my ex-husband with “Sad News” in the subject line. I know immediately what it’s about: Java, my cat. I left her in his care prior to my move to Daegu, South Korea. Ever since I met Java’s eyes in her cage at […]

    August 25, 2015

  3. Shalom, Ardmore

    I went down to Ardmore looking for the last Jews in a town that could—if it were so inclined—lay claim to the title of “The Birthplace of Judaism in Oklahoma.” Even before the first land run, Jewish peddlers had established themselves in fledgling towns across Indian Territory. Early towns like Boggy Depot were set up […]

    August 19, 2015

  4. The Gold and the Glory

    When Oral Roberts was 16, afflicted with tuberculosis and convinced he was going to die, a voice came to him out of the blue: “Son, I am going to heal you and you are going to take the message of My healing power to your generation.” Years later, when he was a discontented pastor in […]

    August 16, 2015

  5. Letter to My Son the Weekend He Died

      Friday Dear Paul, February 15, 2008— You died today—maybe you know that. Twenty-four. It’s a number. Jack Bauer. Chromium. Willie Mays. You. It’s not a life. As I look at you, lying on your stomach, propped up on your elbows, in your room with three members of the Tulsa Police Department in and around […]

    August 12, 2015

  6. Home State

      somehow you became pixel became less dust and sky   turned into newsfeed away from rain   I hardly remember the hollow fields   of storm shelter of football of miles and miles of jesus   my god the heat and ice- buckled limbs o oklahoma   I miss the fade and shimmer of […]

    August 10, 2015

  7. New Documentary Details Japan’s Country Music Culture

    This Land Films is pleased to announce a new partnership with director James Payne and producer Matt Leach to produce our second feature documentary film, Far Western. This Land Films is the film and video production unit of This Land Press. Last year, This Land Films premiered its first documentary, This May Be The Last […]

    August 07, 2015

  8. Video Killed the Pulpit Star

    A young guy wearing a cobalt blue hoodie and shiny leather jacket has just robbed a woman’s purse. Rummaging through his quarry, the thief, all sinister swagger and furtive glances, passes by one of those fortune-telling machines with the wood finish and flashing white lights dancing across a litany of potential fates. He greedily pulls […]

    August 05, 2015

  9. Lament

    oh, woe to the woeful, aloe to the alone, tissues for the tears, this bitch world on its knees, the danger of want, bruises of desire, effort of loving in lovelessness, sapping of disappearing energies, the tawdry milling of bodies on dance floors and sandy beach patios, how sex and love insinuate from empty pelvic […]

    August 04, 2015


June 30, 2015

Issue 101

This issue explores faith and spirituality in the middle of America. Russell Cobb takes a day trip to browse the remnants of an early Jewish settlement in south-central Oklahoma, Randy Roberts Potts points his lens at Islamophobia at the Capitol, Mike Mariani tunes into, and Sarah Morice-Brubaker considers the economy of heavenly tourism. Plus, letters and meditations from some of Oklahoma's most interesting leaders in faith, lessons on psycho-magic, and so much more. The cover features a stunning photograph by Brooke Golightly, a...

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March 01, 2015

Vol. 6, Issue 5

Our 99th issue is filled with stories of progress and unlikely martyrdom.

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February 15, 2015

Vol. 6, Issue 4

In this issue, R.E. Graalman Jr. explains how a classified World War II program in Stillwater launched an academic and cultural transformation, LeAnne Howe reflects on Japan, Wall Street, and indigenous ancestry, and Cheryl Pallant criss-crosses the country with T.C. Cannon's "Two Guns Arikara" in her backseat. Plus, we've got new poetry by Benjamin Myers and Victoria McArtor and more.

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January 15, 2015

Wilber Glasby knows some folks think he’s a hoarder, but he sees cash value in his eight-acre junk-strewn kingdom in Yale, Oklahoma. Deaf since birth and retired from laying railroad track, the scrap dealer says he now lives off selling old soda machines, rusty farm implements and anything else on the place. His wife, Jane, hopes American Pick...

January 01, 2015

Lee Lyles of Sulphur, Oklahoma, forged a love for heavy metal as a kid and blazed a farrier career that earned him an induction into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. He’s shod horses for Elvis Presley and Loretta Lynn and amassed one of the world’s largest collections of blacksmith tools displayed at his National Museum of Horse...