The Citizenship Question: A Conversation

Masumi Izumi is a professor in the department of global and regional studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, where she teaches North American studies. Izumi researches Japanese American and Japanese Canadian wartime experiences as well as their post-internment communities and trans-Pacific migration and has written numerous articles on these topics in English and Japanese. She authored The Rise and Fall of America’s Concentration Camp Law: Civil Liberties Debates from the Internment to McCarthyism and the Radical 1960s and also contributed an article on a Japanese Canadian baseball team to an edited volume, The Subject(s) of Human Rights: Crises, Violations, and Asian/American Critique; both were published by Temple University Press in 2019.

Joy Kogawa’s most recent book is Gently to Nagasaki (Caitlin Press, 2017). Her 1981 novel Obasan, which tells the story of a Japanese Canadian family removed from their home during World War II, won the American Book Award, among many other literary honors, and is widely taught in Canadian schools and universities. Kogawa became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986; in 2010, the Japanese government honored her with the Order of the Rising Sun “for her contribution to the understanding and preservation of Japanese-Canadian history.” She lives in Toronto and hopes to write a work on forgiveness.

The Citizenship Question: Miné Okubo, Margaret Anderson, Sensus Communis

Doug Carlson joined the Review staff in January 2007 and works primarily in manuscript evaluation and nonfiction editing. Carlson’s essays on natural and cultural history have appeared frequently in magazines and journals as well as in several anthologies, including A Place Apart (W. W. Norton) and The Sacred Place (University of Utah Press). His work has been collected in two books: At the Edge (White Pine Press) and When We Say We’re Home (University of Utah Press). His most recent book, Roger Tory Peterson: A Biography, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2007. Before coming to the Review, Carlson was visiting writer-in-residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is a former chair of the UGA Press Faculty Editorial Board and has served in editorial or advisory capacities for Ascent magazine, White Pine Press, and New Rivers Press.

Earthworks and Indigenous Return

Chadwick Allen, who is of Chickasaw ancestry, is a professor of English, co-director of the Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and associate vice provost for faculty advancement at the University of Washington. Author of Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) and Blood Narrative: Indigenous Identity in American Indian and Maori Literary and Activist Texts (Duke University Press, 2002), he is a former editor of Studies in American Indian Literatures and a past president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

Exile of Memory

Joy Harjo, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, whose original homelands spanned the entire region known today as the southeastern United States. Harjo’s poetry inhabits landscapes of the Southwest and Southeast, but also Alaska and Hawaii—and centers on the need for remembrance and transcendence. Her work is often autobiographical, informed by the natural world, and above, all preoccupied with survival and the limitations of language. She was named the United States poet laureate in June 2019.

The Treaty of New Echota: The Beloved Path Narrows

Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation and currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture at University of British Columbia, which is on unceded Musqueam territory. He is author of Why Indigenous Literatures Matter (Wilford Laurier University Press, 2018), Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), and numerous essays and reviews in the field of Indigenous literary studies. He has also co-edited a number of critical and creative anthologies and journals, including the award-winning Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature (2014) and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature (University of Arizona Press, 2011).

Notes from Coosa

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of two books of poetry, Bright Raft in the Afterweather (2018) and Leaving Tulsa (2013), both from the University of Arizona Press. An alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts, she received her PhD at the University of Denver and her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. Foerster is of European (German/Dutch) and Mvskoke descent and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She lives in San Francisco.

Don de Soto, Un-Redacted, As Told by the Lady of Cofitachequi

LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation. The Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature in English at the University of Georgia, her awards include the American Book Award, Western Literature Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, and a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, among others. Her most recent book, Savage Conversations (Coffee House Press, 2019), tells the story of Mary Todd Lincoln and the “Savage Indian” spirit she said tortured her nightly.

Nathan Dixon is pursuing a PhD in English literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia. His creative work has appeared in Tin House, the North Carolina Literary Review, the Northern Virginia Review, the Penn Review, and NAILED, among others. His one-act play “Thoughts & Prayers Inc.” was recently chosen by National Book Award winner Nikky Finney as the forty-eighth annual winner of the Agnes Scott College Prize. His scholarly work has twice appeared in Renaissance Papers, where he previously served as assistant editor. He co-curates the YumFactory reading series in Athens, Georgia.

What Makes the Red Man Red? Answer: The U.S. Census

Nathan Dixon is pursuing a PhD in English literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia. His creative work has appeared in Tin House, the North Carolina Literary Review, the Northern Virginia Review, the Penn Review, and NAILED, among others. His one-act play “Thoughts & Prayers Inc.” was recently chosen by National Book Award winner Nikky Finney as the forty-eighth annual winner of the Agnes Scott College Prize. His scholarly work has twice appeared in Renaissance Papers, where he previously served as assistant editor. He co-curates the YumFactory reading series in Athens, Georgia.

Matt Kliewer is a PhD student at the University of Georgia specializing in Indigenous literatures and film. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and is currently the poetry reviews editor at Transmotion.

Disneyland, Not

Janet McAdams is Robert P. Hubbard Professor of Poetry at Kenyon College. Her books include Red Weather (University of Arizona Press, 2012); Feral (Salt Publishing, 2007); The Island of Lost Luggage (University of Arizona Press, 2000), which won an American Book Award; and a chapbook of prose poems, Seven Boxes for the Country After. With Geary Hobson and Kathryn Walkiewicz, she edited the anthology The People Who Stayed: Southern Indian Writing after Removal (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010).