March 1, 2014
In this issue, we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of one of Oklahoma’s most important writers, Ralph Ellison. Hilton Als looks Ellison’s life and legacy, Michael Mason explains the enduring influence of Invisible Man, and we unearth an archived interview with Ellison. Plus, an essay by Jezy J. Gray and new poetry by Quraysh Ali Lansana. Here’s a glimpse of the new issue.
IN THE TERRITORY: Acclaimed author and New Yorker staff writer Hilton Als examines the life and legacy of Ralph Ellison.
THE FATHER OF FIGHT CLUB: In 1952, critics hailed Invisible Man as one of the most important books of the times. What critics couldn’t predict, however, was how prescient and influential the book would become.
INVISIBLE STATE: Jezy J. Gray rediscovers Ralph Ellison’s Oklahoma.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ELLISON: This Land offers a rare interview with Ralph Ellison unearthed from the archives.
BIBLE BELTED: MATH: A new poem by Quraysh Ali Lansana.
ORIGINAL OKIE: Bob Wills parades through downtown Tulsa on a September day in 1956 in a photo from the private collection of Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr.