By Jameelah Crawford ● 2023

Inspired by True Events • CONTENT WARNING: Gun Violence   “Where did you get the nickname ‘Blaze?’” Fatimah tilted her head, then took a sip of water. “That’s my rap

Asking For A Friend

By Tara Flaherty Guy ● 2023

Danna was already terminally ill when she parachuted into my life and landed a permanent place in my heart. I was presenting a PowerPoint on Zoom to a half dozen

Sacred Water

By Diane Wilson ● 2022

The Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, which includes the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota peoples, carry an origin story that teaches the sacred nature of water. This relationship is embedded

Animal Economics

By Eric Wilkinson ● 2022

How do we quantify the cost of an animal’s life under the shadow of our current economy? As the global COVID-19 pandemic dissipates, it seems clear that America’s reckoning with

Big Lake Smelt Don’t Lie

By Robert Hale ● 2022

It’s early spring on Lake Superior. The Big Lake has shed its ice, and the April sun has warmed the waters to a temp of 38F. Rainbow Smelt begin to


By Meckenna Holman ● 2022

CONTENT WARNING: Implications of domestic violence   The bone had healed wrong, or so the doctor said. I’d squinted real hard at the x-ray and couldn’t see what he saw.

Interlude with Cadaver Seeking Dogs

By Isadora Gruye ● 2022

There was a villa in southern France where a billionaire went missing. He just disappeared one summer evening while out for a walk. His private jet missed him terribly. His


By C.M. Finch ● 2022

Charlie’s enthusiasm was infectious as he showed me around his living space.  My living space now, I supposed, as room had been made for me here.  The entryway was bright

Gifts of the Superior Hiking Trail – The Dragonfly

By Mikkel Beckmen ● 2022

“Flora or Fauna, we are all shapeshifters and magical re-inventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.” – Diane Ackerman   Mid-way along my thru hike of the

School of big and small

By Didi Koka ● 2022

It has been an occasional evening routine to watch a nature program.  It is a nod to the bigness of world and a balm to how little seems to get

Isaac’s Blessing Bags

By Tanaǧidaŋ To Wiŋ ● 2022

When we left our quiet townhome in Inver Grove Heights to move to our first home on the Eastside, as a mother of two young men I was extremely nervous.

Art by Demont Peekaso Pinder

Survive These Evil Fates

By Valerie Castile ● 2019

Children are a gift from God, a small, innocent replica of ourselves. Our job as parents is to love, nurture, protect, and teach, to bring forth the great qualities of