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Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought

Guest Editor for Spring 2016 Issue:   Trevino Brings Plenty

First of all, thank you for giving time to read this call for work. Second, it feels uncomfortable to ask people to “submit” work, so I’ll ask people to “offer” and/or “gift” the journal some of your thoughts/work. Okay. So, I imagined the idea for this theme Letters to a Young Native Writer as a tool for “young” writers. And “young” not so much meaning age. There were so many questions I had in the beginning stages of my writing career that I wanted answered; there were even questions I didn’t know I needed the answer to. With all the books I read, internet searches had, I reached out to other writers whose work I was getting well acquainted with. I received responses. There was an inclusion into the relatively small Native writers’ community. This kept me going in my work.

In thinking about conversations not written down and inspired by Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, there is this question of who is the next generation of writers or what legacy is there in the Native writer canon and dialogue that can be furthered or possibly done away? Where are we now and where do we want to be with Native Literature? Since I’m mostly a poet, I like to look at the spectrum of Native Poetry. But that idea of “spectrum” of Native Literature can be applied.

So please, send your work. Let me read your thoughts on this subject: Letters to a Young Native Writer. Take a hard or soft stand and what you like or need to change on the subject. The vast array of opinions will be the vast possibilities of the many nation voices that have or serve different needs.

Deadline: February 15, 2016

Publication: April 2016

Please adhere to the following YMR submission format: 
  • send work as electronic files in Word or rtf attachments to
  • name your file with YMR and [your name].doc (ex: YMRJudyWilson.doc.)
  • include a brief bio along with your email and snail mail contact information.
  • amend the subject line of your email submission to read  as follows YMR Fall 15 Last Name (ex: YMR Spring 15 Wilson).