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Call for Submission of Native-authored work

With the '20s rolling thunderously into place, we at the Massachusetts Review are seeking unpublished work for our first special issue of the new decade. MR's editors and guest editors—Tacey Atsitty, Laura Furlan, and Toni Jensen—are looking for new Native-authored work of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and hybrid texts for a special issue responding to the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth landing. Submissions can be sent (as Word or PDF files) to Please put the genre and title in the subject line ("FICTION: Title").

Deadline: March 31, 2020.

Tacey Atsitty is a recipient of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, the Corson-Browning Poetry Prize, Morning Star Creative Writing Award, and the Philip Freund Prize. She holds bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Literary Hub, New Poets of Native Nations, and other publications. Her first book is Rain Scald. Atsitty (Diné) is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle People). Her maternal grandfather is Tábąąhí (Water Edge People) and her paternal grandfather is Hashk’áánhadzóhí (Yucca Fruit Strung-Out-In-A-Line People) from Cove, AZ.

Laura Furlan is an adoptee of Apache, Osage, and Cherokee descent and associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she teaches courses in Indigenous literatures and American Studies. Her teaching and research interests include American Indian literary and cultural studies, American studies, autobiography, and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in Crossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race across the Geohistorical Divide, Studies in American Indian Literatures, Intertexts, Yellow Medicine Review, Sentence, and Sovereign Erotics, and she co-edited a special forum for the Journal of Transnational American Studies on translational Native American Studies. Her latest book is Indigenous Cities: Urban Indian Fiction and the Histories of Relocation. 

Toni Jensen is the author of a short story collection, From the Hilltop, and a memoir-in-essays about gun violence, Carry, forthcoming from Ballantine in September 2020. She is the recipient of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Gary Wilson Short Fiction Award. Her essays and stories have been published in journals such as Orion, Catapult, and Ecotone. She teaches in the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas and in the low residency MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Métis.

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