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  1. The Unlikely Baroness

    The young black girl poses in a common, patterned dress by an ordinary side chair. Her shadow creates a ghostly presence on the light-colored wall behind her. The pigtails of the 10-year-old Sarah Rector sprout opposite her ears, like antennas on a Flash Gordon space helmet. Historical records conflict over the issue of the first […]

    March 24, 2015

  2. They Died For Their Sins

    On August 10, 1966, just after 10 p.m., James French walked to the electric chair. Escorted in by two guards, French wore a black suit, dark tie, and black shoes, looking fit enough to give a sermon to an impoverished congregation. He briskly took his seat, where 82 others had died before him, and said […]

    March 23, 2015

  3. Karl Siewert

    Karl Siewert always wanted to be a librarian, just like his mother. He’s a compulsive researcher who considers every Facebook status a reference question and has a special affinity for the Oxford English Dictionary. “What I really wanted to do is answer people’s questions… It’s not about finding a book; it’s about finding information,” he says, and he […]

    March 19, 2015

  4. Steak, Eggs, and a Submachine Gun

    “You want me to tell you a story?” asked Marilee Macias, a native of Perry, Oklahoma, with kind eyes and perfectly tended hair. She chided me to eat my chicken-fried steak and eggs while she talked. Perry is 5,000 people and 6.8 square miles nestled in the armpit of I-35 and U.S. 64, in north-central […]

    March 19, 2015

  5. A Six-Gun and a Song

    Woody Guthrie and Pretty Boy Floyd never met, but that didn’t keep Oklahoma’s favorite balladeer and bank robber from forging a legacy together. Since it debuted just over 75 years ago, Woody’s “Pretty Boy Floyd” has become one of the most famous outlaw songs in American history. Folk royalty sing it. Fans praise it as […]

    March 18, 2015

  6. Eulogy for Ireland

    *** Me, Shrouded in green, white, and orange I wake up tossing up electric blankets in my single-bed nook Morning shook, consumed by a fiery torrent as I consume rock-hard porridge That ever familiar sight of orange crescendoing like new sunrise to sever our commonwealth ties Becoming the light to eradicate industrial darkness just north […]

    March 17, 2015

  7. A Creek Woman Moves to Northern New York

    *** At the market they never have what I need: sofke corn, dried pea hulls, canuche balls wrapped in foil, baby food jars of bacon grease, possum grapes, wild onions, poke salad, great big catfish, piles of perch stunned by devil’s shoestring, masa harina for making cvtvhvkv (although occasionally they have some in the foreign […]

    March 16, 2015

  8. Night Hoops

    With tar still sludging our fingers from roofing jobs worked through the heat of day, with scratches down our forearms from cutting brush, with sunburned backs, poison ivy riding our sore calves, behind the old legion hut, around a pole over a patch of cracked concrete illuminated by one leaning lamppost and an August moon […]

    March 13, 2015

  9. Mongolians “R” Us

    For me there will never be another travel adventure like Japan. I was one of four guest speakers at the International Forum on Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights. It had been publicized all over Japan and the organizers were expecting hundreds of people to attend. One of the major sponsors of my trip was the Buraku […]

    March 12, 2015

  10. Ensigns and Sensei

    On April 5, 1945, Oklahoma A&M President Henry Bennett received a telegram from U.S. Senator Elmer Thomas: Captain Taylor of the Navy Department proposes to establish at Stillwater school for teaching Japanese language. Open about 15th of June and build up to enrollment of 750–800 by end of July. Navy official either at Stillwater or […]

    March 11, 2015

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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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February 01, 2015

In this issue, we bring you stories of love, struggle and triumph. Find out how a golf course in western Oklahoma has weathered years of drought, and what happens when an alcoholic dries out in Coweta. Plus, we've got poetry that presupposes all the fabulous things that could come with the legalization of gay marriage, fiction that wades through the morning after a startling breakup, and more.

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January 15, 2015

Volume 6, Issue 2

In this issue, we explore how quickly rumors, fervor, and controversy can travel across Middle America. A preacher in Kansas with new ideas about the Holy Ghost, a boy in Tulsa with a camera pointed toward the sky, and a few farmers in Claremore are points from which word has spread like wildfire.

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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...
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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...