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Bewitched Policies of Resistance: America’s Legacy of Unknown Soldiers in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller

Transmodernity, vol. 7, no. 1, 2017 [Peer-reviewed]

Storyteller (1981) by Leslie Marmon Silko is a unique hybridized text of Laguna Myths centered on topics of Laguna Pueblo Citizens, and more generally Indigenous Southwestern Americans. This article explores three of Silko’s tales

  • Tony’s Story
  • Uncle Tony’s Goat
  • A Geronimo Story

in which characters are agents of political resistance against injustices enacted by the American Military and law enforcement over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In these stories, characters become free to interact and commune with the land. Sites of invasion and theft from indigenous become sites of reverence and remembrance.

Unpolished Friendship: Dodie Bellamy as Novelist and Kathy Acker’s Enduring Influence

Coldfront, 2014

“Acker and Bellamy were both fellow friends and writers in the 1980s as participants and performers during workshops and reading at Small Press Traffic. Acker, during her graduate studies at UCSD in the early seventies taught under David Antin, a talk poet closely connected with Black Mountain poets.

Both poets however, are directly and indirectly indebted to Antin’s use of bibliomancy, being drawn to a book in a library or bookstore by spirit or divinatory fate, taking one line, then another, and composing a text. Bibliomancy would help to form the foundation of their narrative style, but led to further compositions using appropriations of transgressive language to expand beyond conventional boundaries of repressed social issues and cultural taboos.”



Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi in Rain Taxi Review, 2018

Five Carat Soul by James McBride in The Millions, 2018


Whereas by Layli Long Soldier in Rain Taxi, vol. 22, no. 4, 2017


Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue in Rain Taxi, vol. 21, no. 3, 2016

The Radical Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life and Mind edited by Claudia Rainkine, Max King, and Beth Lofreda in Something on Paper, vol. 3, no 1, 2016


“Women of Naropa and Friends Celebrate Anne Waldman,” April 23, 2015

Review of The Mersault Investigation in Rain Taxi, vol. 20, no. 3, 2015

Streaming by Allison Hedge Coke on The Volta Blog, 2015

The Journey by Sergio Pitol in Bookslut, 2015

Musical Brain and Other Stories by César Aria in Bookslut, 2015

Everybody Suffers: The Selected Poems of Juan Garcia Madero in PANK, 2015

Texas: The Great American Theft by Carmen Boullosa in Bookslut, 2015

2666 by Roberto Bolaño in PANK Magazine, 2015


Salamandrine: 8 Gothics by Joyelle McSweeney in Bombay Gin, vol. 40, no. 1, 2014

Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe by Chris Andrews in Rain Taxi, vol. 19, no. 4, 2014

Cunt Norton by Dodie Bellamy in Rain Taxi ,vol. 19, no. 1, 2014

What Happened Here by Bonnie Zobell on Rain Taxi, 2014

Neverhome by Laird Hunt in Bookslut, 2014

Unchecked Savagery by Glenn Shaheen in PANK Magazine, 2014

The Conductor and Other Tales by Jean Ferry in Necessary Fiction, 2014

The Conversations by César Aria in Bookslut, 2014

The Exiles by Matthew Kirkpatrick in PANK, 2014

OK Tony by Cyrus Console on The Volta Blog, 2014

The Whack-Job Girls and Other Stories by Bonnie ZoBell in PANK Magazine, 2014

Let Go and Let Go On by Tom Kinsella in Bookslut, 2014

What’s the Deal by Rod Smith in The Volta, 2014

Louis XXX by Georges Bataille, translated by Stuart Kendall in PANK, 2014

The Night Palace eds. Micah Ballard and Julien Poirier on The Volta Blog, 2014

Who Said by Jennifer Hecht on The Volta Blog, 2014