Our 99th issue is filled with stories of progress and unlikely martyrdom. Here’s a preview:
THE UNLIKELY BARONESS: Sarah Rector, who was born in Indian Territory into a poor family of Creek Freedmen, received an allotment of land unsuitable for farming through the Dawes Act. By the time she was an adolescent, she’d become rich off the oil that flowed beneath it. Steve Gerkin examines the life and circumstances of the most unlikely oil tycoon of the early 20th century.
A SIX-GUN AND A SONG: Dale Ingram rewrites the liner notes for Woody Guthrie’s famed song for the infamous outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd.
STEAK, EGGS, AND A SUBMACHINE GUN: Ryan Daly travels to Perry, Oklahoma, to have lunch at the same counter as Pretty Boy Floyd.
LIVING ROOM KITCHEN: Sasha Martin offers reflections on the rough and tumble course of her childhood.
THEY DIED FOR THEIR SINS: James French, the last to die in Oklahoma’s electric chair, was first sentenced to life for murdering a man in Stroud and got the chair for killing his cellmate. Bob Gregory recalls his conversations with French, from cigarettes and poetry to prison reform and insanity, before watching him die from a lethal charge of 2,200 volts.
A CREEK WOMAN MOVES TO NORTHERN NEW YORK: A meditation on searching for much-needed ingredients in a strange market. By Stacy Pratt.
EULOGY FOR IRELAND: A new poem for Irish identity and heritage, from the Emerald Isles to Green Country. By Declan Kiely.
ORIGINAL OKIE: Karl Siewert, who has a day job at NSU-BA’s library, is a feminist and a father of three with some very interesting hobbies.