Short Stories

“The Deathless Lovers,” The New Yorker, July 10, 1965
“Beyond the Bedroom Wall,” The New Yorker, Mar 5, 1966
“Near the Straits of Mackinac,” The New Yorker, April 9, ‘66
“The Brothers,” The New Yorker, May 21, ‘66
“The Visitation,” The New Yorker, Sept 10, ‘66
“On This Day,” The New Yorker, Sept 9, ‘66
“The History Lesson,” The New Yorker, Sept 30, 1967
“Pheasants,” The New Yorker, Nov 18, ‘67
“An Old Man,” The New Yorker, April 20, 1968
“The Long Trip,” The New Yorker, July 13, ‘68
“The Boy,” The New Yorker, Aug 31, ‘68
“The Horses,” The New Yorker, Dec 28, ‘68
“What Can Blow The Wind Away,” Mademoiselle, Jan, 1969
“Don’t You Wish You Were Dead,” New American Review, Aug, ‘69
“The Contest,” The New Yorker, Nov 10, ‘69
“The Suitor,” McCall’s, Jan, 1970, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, 1971
“The Beginning of Grief,” The New Yorker, Oct 17, ‘70
“Burning the Couch,” Atlantic Monthly, Nov, ‘70
“Pneumonia, 1945,” The New Yorker, Feb 13, 1971
“The Old Halvorson Place,” The New Yorker, May 8, ‘71
“Marie,” The New Yorker, Dec 25, ‘71
“Fathers & Sons,” Works in Progress #5, 1972
“The Plumber’s Son,” Audience, Jul/Aug, ‘72
“Owen’s Father,” Partisan Review, Dec, ‘72
“Burial,” The New Yorker, Nov 19, 1973
“The Street,” The New Yorker, June 3, 1974
“The Cold in North Dakota,” North Dakota English, Jan, 1977
“Change,” The New Yorker, Dec 8, 1980, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, 1981
“Poppa John’s Place,” North Dakota History, fall, 1982
“Firstborn,” The New Yorker, Nov 22, 1982, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, 1983
“Sleeping Over,” Antaeus, Winter-Spring, 1983
“Dispositions,” Northern Lights, spring, 1984
“Evidence,” Antaeus, spring, ‘84
“Wanting an Orange,” Paris Review, winter, ‘84
“Ode to an Orange,” Harpers, Jan. 1986
“Blindness,” Antioch Review, summer, 1986
“She,” Gentleman’s Quarterly, March, 1987
“Alpha,” The New Yorker, Oct 28, ‘87
“Inheritance,” Harpers, (Spring/NA), 1988
“Confessionals,” Image, spring, 1989
“A Brief Fall,” The New Yorker, Dec 4, ‘89
“Storms of Summer,” Paris Review, spring, 1990
*“Silent Passengers,” The New Yorker, May 11, l992, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, 1993
“Summer Storms,” Harpers, August, 1993

Foreign Appearance of Short Stories

“The Deathless Lovers,” (Vechnaya Lyubof), Amerika, USSR, 1966
“The Deathless Lovers,” (Niesmiertelna Milosc), Ameryka, Poland, 1966
“The Deathless Lovers,” Pregled, Yugoslavia, 1966
“The Brothers,” Argosy, London, 1966
“Pheasants,” (“Het Web Van Eenzaamheid”), Katolike Illustrate, Netherlands, 1968
“The Beginning of Grief,” Ameryka, Poland, 1971
“A Visitation,” Amerika, USSR, 1981



Creative Non-fiction, Commentary, Reviews and Essays:

“Everybody Knows and Nobody Cares,” by Mason Smith, review of, The New York Times Book Review, Feb. 21, 1971

“The World of Apples,” by John Cheever, review of, The New York Times Book Review (front page), May 20, 1973

“Guns,” Esquire, December, 1975

“New Burlington: Life and Death of an American Village,” by John Baskin, review of, NYTBR, June 20, 1976

“Memory Misremembers,” Op-Ed Page, The New York Times, July 31, 1976

“I Would Have Saved Them If I Could,” by Leonard Michaels, review of, Partisan Review, Vol XLIV, No 1, 1977

“The Land Remembers,” by Ben Logan, review of, Journal of Wisconsin State Historical Society, Vol 60, No 3, ‘77

“An Interview With Larry Woiwode,” Christianity & Literature, Vol XXIX, No 1, privately printed, Kasdorf, Madison, WI, Dec, 1979

“Maxwell: Spotlighting a Master,” literary commentary, Chicago Tribune Book World, Apr-May (date N.A.), 1980

“The Source of Light,” by Reynolds Price, review of,  Washington Post Book World, Apr 26, 1981

“Will’s Boy,” by Wright Morris, review of, Washington Post Book World, July 19, 1981

“Recollected Essays: 1965-1980” & “The Gift of Good Land,” by Wendell Berry, review of, Washington Post Book World, Jan 31, 1981

“One Way To Spell Man,” by Wallace Stegner, review of, Washington Post Book World, April (date N.A), 1982

“Views of Wendell Berry,” North Dakota History, Vol 49, No 3, Summer, 1982

“Mickelsson’s Ghosts,” by John Gardner, review of, Chicago Tribune Book World, June 13, 1982

“Under the Blue Sky of North Dakota,” The New York Times, Travel Section, October 23, 1983

“Mickelsson’s Ghosts: Gardner’s Memorial in Real Time,” MSS, Vol 4, Nos 1 & 2, Fall, 1984

“Placing Poppa John,” Motif, Spring, 1985

“Wild Things,” Art and Antiques, June, 1987

“Against The Grain: Grant Wood’s America,” Art & Antiques, January, 1989

“The It Beyond It,” Special Report, Aug-Oct, 1990

“Memory Misremembers,” Gulf Coast, Vol 4, No 1, (A Tribute to Donald Barthleme), Spring, 1991

“North Dakota: Still the Frontier,” The Sophisticated Traveler: The New York Times Magazine, Oct 20, 1991

“Homeplace, Heaven or Hell, Renascence, Vol XLIV, No 1, ‘91

“Television: The Cyclops That Eats Books,” Imprimus, Feb, 1992

“Politics in American Letters,” Chronicles, Aug, 1992

“The Geography of Literature,” The World & I, Oct, 1992

“Updike’s Sheltered Self,” The World & I, Dec, 1992

“Memories of the Ford Years,” by John Updike, review of, The World & I, Dec, 1992

“The Rest of Life,” by Mary Gordon, review of, USA Today, August 20, 1993

“Working Men,” by Michael Dorris, review of, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov --, 1993

“Of The Modern Era,” North Dakota History, Vol 61, No 1, Winter, 1994

“Teaching the Fourth ‘R’,” Civilization: a publication of the Library of Congress, May/June, 1995

“The Acts Leading to Acts,” Radix, Vol 23, No 3, 1995

“Resurrected Light,” essay-review, John Gardner’s “On Writers & Writing” Books & Culture, Sept/Oct, 1995

“Troubadours from the North,” North Dakota History, Vol 62, No 3, Summer, 1995

“Not Fading to Nothing,” essay-review, Nabokov’s “Collected Stories” and two-volume biography,“The Russian Years” and “The American Years,” B&C, Nov/Dec 1995

“A Martyr Who Lives,” essay on the assassination of Russian priest, A. Menn, Books & Culture, March/April, 1996

“When Christmas Dies,” review-essay, “Mr. Ives’ Christmas,” by Oscar Hijuelos, B&C, May/June, 1996

“The Word Made Fresh,” review of Three Gospels, by Reynolds Price, Washington Post Book World, May 5, 1996

“Updike’s Melancholy Hymn,” review-essay, “In The Beauty Of The Lilies,” Books & Culture, July/Aug, 1996

“A Boccaccio in North Dakota,” review-essay, “Tales of Burning Love,” by Louise Erdrich, B&C, Sept/Oct, 1996

“Inclinations of the Heart,” review-essay, “Mason’s Retreat,” by Christopher Tilghman, B&C, Nov/Dec, 1996

“The Sides to a Story,” commentary, F. Scott Fitzgerald at 100: Centenary Tribute by American Writers, Quill & Brush, limited edition, Rockville, MD, 1996

“The Maxwell-O’Connor Letters,” essay, B&C, Mar/Apr, 1997

“How Tolstoy Became Tolstoy,” review-essay, “The Genesis of War & Peace,” B&C, May/June, 1997

“Telling America its Nightmares,” review-essay, “Bear and His Daughter,” by Robert Stone, B&C, Nov/Dec, 1997

“A Fifty-Year Walk,” (memoir excerpt) B&C Nov/Dec, 1998

“The Word Made Flesh,” (on metaphor) B&C, Jul/Aug, 1999

“Introduction,” The Best Christian Writing 2001, HarperSF

“Letter from Western North Dakota” [Poet Laureate], NDSUMagazine, Spring 2002

“Letter from an Imaginary Friend: An Homage to Tom McGrath [Poet Laureate], NDSU Magazine, Spring 2003

“The Ethics of Writing,” World Journalism Institute, print of speech at Algonquin Hotel, NYC, June 27, 2003

“The Faith of Shakespeare,” essay, B&C, Sept/Oct 2004

“The Poetry Home Repair Manual,” by Ted Kooser, review of, North Dakota Quarterly, Fall, 2005

“Introduction,” More Like Not Running Away, novel by Paul Shepherd, Sarabande Books, 2005

[twenty definitions of American landscape], Home Ground, ed. Barry Lopez, Trinity University Press, 2006

“Sleeplessness, Winter Care, Bio,” State Poets Laureate, 2008, ed. Mary Margaret Carlisle, Poetry Society of Texas, 2008

“Introduction to photographs of Alec Soth,” CommonBond, St. Paul, 2008

“The Place of Memory,” [Poet Laureate] NDSU Magazine, 2009



Anthologizations, Texts, etc:

“The Brothers,” Choice Magazine Listening, 1966

“The Contest,” Readings in Developmental Psychology, Dryden Press, 1971

“Don’t You Wish You Were Dead,” In the Presence of This Continent: American Themes and Ideas, A College Reader, ed. Baylor & Moore, Holt, Rinehart, 1971

“The Beginning of Grief,” Choice Magazine Listening, New York, 1971

“A Deserted Barn” and “The Beginning of Grief,” Here and Now II, Harcourt, Brace, 1972

“The Beginning of Grief,” (Title N.A.), McDougal/Little & Co., 1974

“A Deserted Barn,” Western Wind: An Introduction To Poetry, ed. John F. Nims, Random House, 1st Edition, 1974

“Burning the Couch,” Reality in Conflict, ed. Farrell, Pierce, et al, Scott, Foresman, Glenview, IL, 1976

“Guns,” Mom, The Flag, & Apple Pie: A Bicentennial Salute, Ed. Staff of Esquire, Doubleday, New York, 1976

“A Deserted Barn,” “Hawk’s Nest,” and “Horses,” North Dakota’s Literary Heritage, ed. John Wall, Dept of Public Instruction, Wahpeton, ND, 1978

“Guns,” The Sense of the Seventies, ed. Dolan & Quinn, Oxford University Press, New York, 1978

“A Deserted Barn,” A Galaxy of Verse, ed. Louis Untermeyer, M. Evans & Co., New York, 1978

“The Cold in North Dakota,” The Armor of Light, Dordt College Press, Sioux Center, 1978

“Guns,” Forms of the Essay,” ed. Milan & Ruttson, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, New York, 1979

“The Suitor,” Faith and Fiction, ed. Detweiler & Meeter, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1979

“The Cold in North Dakota,” Wonders, ed. Jonathan Cott, Summit Press/Rolling Stone, New York, 1980

“Guns,” Prose Models, 5th Ed., ed. Gerald Levin, Harcourt, Brace, New York, 1981

“Guns,” The Random House Reader, ed. Frederick Crews, Random House, New York, 1981

“Guns,” Strategies in Prose, ed. Farrell & Salerno; Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, 1983

“Guns,” The Writers’ Voice, ed. Sandra Log, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, 1985

“Guns,” Before and After: The Shape and Shaping of Prose, ed. Emblem & Solkov, Random House, 1986

“Wanting An Orange,” The College Writer’s Reader, ed. William Vesterman, McGraw Hill, New York, 1988

“Wanting An Orange,” Interactions, ed. James D. Lester, Wadsworth Publishing Co, Belport, CA, 1989

“Wanting An Orange,” Roles For Writers, ed. Jack Dodds, Macmillan, New York, 1989

“Wanting An Orange,” The Macmillan Reader, 2nd Edition, ed. J. Nadell & J. Langan, Macmillan, NY, 1989

“Acts: The Church Set Free,” INCARNATION: Contemporary Writers on the New Testament, ed. Alfred Corn, Viking Penguin, New York, 1990; Penguin paperback, 1991

“Summer Storms,” (orig. essay), Summer, ed. Alice Gordon, Addison-Wesley, New York, 1990

“Tolstoy: Marching Straight at Truth,” (original essay, with Carole Woiwode), Reality and the Vision, ed. Philip Yancey, Word Books, Waco, 1990

“An Important Lesson,” Literary Outtakes, ed. Larry Dark, Fawcett Columbine, New York, 1990

“Blindness,” Fathers and Daughters, ed. Jesse Geller & Terry Eicher, New American Library, New York, 1990

“The Pregnant Bride,” THE UNMADE BED: Sensual Writing On Married Love, ed. Laura Chester, HarperCollins, 1992

“Summer Storms,” EDITOR’S CHOICE III: Fiction, Poetry & Art from the U.S. Small Press, ed. Morty Sklar, The Spirit That Moves Us Press, New York, 1992

“The Street,” Every Place With a Name, North Dakota State Historical Society, Bismarck, 1993

“Ode To An Orange,” The Compact Reader, ed. Jane Aaron, Bedford Books/St. Martin’s, New York, 1993

“Killing A Deer,” Prose Models, ed. Gerald Lynch, Gerald Levin & David Rampton, HBJ-Holt Canada, 1993

“The Spirit of Place,” Inheriting The Land, ed. Tommaro & Vinz, Univ of Minnesota Press, 1993

“Beyond the Bedroom Wall,” A Prairie Volcano, ed Meek & Meek, St Ives Press, 1994

“Learning To Walk,” Aluminum Canoe, Spring, 1995

“A Martyr Who Lives,” Twentieth Century Martyrs, ed. Susan Bergman, HarperCollins, 1996

“Ex: What I’m Going To Do, I Think,” FIFTY YEARS: A Farrar, Straus & Giroux Reader, ed. Alan Williams, FS&G, 1996

“What I Value...,” Calling The Midwest Home, ed. Carolyn Lieberg, Wildcat Canyon Press, Berkeley, 1996

“December 22,” Lamp Unto My Feet, ed. Art Toalston, HarperSanFrancisco, 1997

“Immanence in Creation,” (orig essay), Things in Heaven and Earth, Paraclete Press, 1998

“A Fifty-Year Walk,” The Best Spiritual Writing 1999, ed. Philip Zaleski, HarperSanFrancisco, 1999

“The Feel of Internal Bleeding,” The Best Christian Writing, ed. John Wilson, HarperSanFrancisco, 2000

“Television: The Cyclops That Eats Books,” Educating for Liberty: The Best of IMPRIMIS 1972-2002, ed. Douglas A. Jeffrey, Hillsdale College Press, 2002

“Ode to an Orange,” Critical Convergences, Second Edition, Syracuse University/Pearson, 2002

“Ode to an Orange,” Seeing and Writing 2, ed. Donald and Christine McQuade, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003

“Marie,” Christmas on the Great Plains, ed. Dorothy Dodge and Kenneth Robbins, Univ of Iowa Press, 2004

“Ode to an Orange,” Seeing and Writing, ed. Donald and Christine McQuade, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2005

“Winter,” Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction, ed. Judith Kitchen, W. W. Norton, 2005

“Firstborn,” The Best Christian Short Stories, ed. Bret Lott, Westbow Press-Thomas Nelson, 2006

“The Place of Memory,” On Second Thought, ND Humanities Council, Winter 2010

“The Wealth of the West,” The Manner of the Country, ed. Stegner and Rowland, Univ of Texas Press, 2010

Papers Delivered

A Selection:

“Spirit of Place,” Caxton Club, Knox College, March, 1979

“Working In Metaphor,” Conference, The Truth of Metaphor, Wheaton College, October, 1982

“Homeplace: Heaven or Hell,” Conference, Christianity & Literature, Orange City, Iowa, 1983

“A Step From Death,” Syracuse University, March, 1984

“The Spirit of Place,” annual convention, South Dakota Humanists, Northern State University, Aberdeen, Sept, 1984

“A Humanist Education,” Gordon College, Wenham, Mass, Dec, 1987

“Communion or Community,” first annual Stanley Wiersma Memorial Lecture in Literature, Calvin College, April, 1990

“The Cyclops That Eats Books,” Hillsdale College, Center for Constructive Alternatives, “Freedom, Responsibility & the American Literary Tradition,” Feb, 1991

“The Book That Eats The Cyclops,” Hillsdale College, Center for Constructive Alternatives, “Ancient Myth: Timeless Truths for a Modern World,” Sept, 1992

“The State Of Indian Affairs,” Canada tour, under US State Dept., at Universities of Ottawa, Toronto, Alberta, Manitoba, McGill, the National Library; CBC, Chez Radio, etc. Oct-Nov, 1992

“Looking Ahead to Home,” conference sponsored by Image and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, Nov, 1992

“The Dakotan,” Dakota Arts Congress, Aberdeen, SD, Oct, 1993

“The Modern Era,” Keynote Address, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Annual Meeting, Nov, 5, 1993

“Metaphors for the Cosmos,” Plenary Address, C. S. Lewis Summer Seminars, Cambridge, 1995

“Autobiography & Fiction,” conference, Beyond this Weight is a Boundlessness: Identity & the Sacred, with Carolyn Forché, Milton Center, Newman University, Wichita, Feb, 2000

“Walking the Waterfall,” Opening Convocation, Jamestown College, August, 2000

“Country Mouse/City Rat: Views of Place in American Writing,” American Studies Association of Norway, Bø, Sept 2000

“A New Dakota Address,” Annual Regional Studies Lecture, Beckwith Auditorium, NDSU, Fargo, Oct 4, 2004

“The Legacy of Thomas McGrath,” West River Writer’s Circle, Dickinson State University, with Robert Bly, etc., 2007

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