for an Anthology of Native American poetry, fiction and nonfiction to be published by Lost Horse Press, THEME: Humor

Tiffany Midge and Natanya Ann Pulley are collecting original creative works for an anthology of Indigenous poetry, fiction, and nonfiction with humor as its theme.  Humor has always been a hallmark of Native cultures and testifies to Native peoples’ wit, resiliency and fondness for the sharing of good stories and laughter; after all, every day is a good day to laugh!  For this collection the editors are interested in writing that channels inner tricksters, clowns and heyokas as the quintessential comedians and ultimate healers.  The editors will be considering creative work that showcases satire, irony, irreverence, hyperbole, mirth, celebration, humor both riotous and dry and first-rate storytelling.    

Vine Deloria's essay "Indian Humor,” published in his book Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto  conveys:  "One of the best ways to understand a people is to know what makes them laugh. Laughter encompasses the limits of the soul. In humor life is redefined and accepted. Irony and satire provide much keener insights into a group's collective psyche and values than do years of research." 

In The Sacred Hoop, Paula Gunn Allen writes:  “Certainly the time frame we presently inhabit has much that is shabby and tricky to offer; and much that needs to be treated with laughter and ironic humor; it is this spirit of the trickster creator that keeps Indians alive and vital in the face of horror.”

Kenneth Lincoln, author of  Indi'n Humor: Bicultural Play in Native America emphasizes    that “humor is a way of resisting genocide and is used as a means of survival.”
According to Ojibway author Drew Hayden Taylor, Comedy is a very serious business. “I was once told by an Elder from Alberta's Blood Reserve that "humour is the WD40 of healing.”
Send your best work medicine (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) that enlivens, uplifts, amuses, startles, heals and surprises as a Word or RTF attachment to lol.ndn@gmail.com
 or snail mail to Tiffany Midge, 204 East ‘A’ Street, Apt. 2,  83843.  Deadline January 31, 2012.

Please be sure to include a bio, your tribal affiliation, and your contact information.  Please include acknowledgements if your submission has been previously published.


Natanya Ann Pulley's maternal family home is near Tuba City, Arizona. She is half-Dine of the Kiiyaa'aanii (Towering House Clan). Bicheii is Tachiinii (Red Running Into Water Clan). Natanya is currently working on her PhD at the University of Utah in Fiction Writing. She is an editor of Quarterly West and her work can be found in Western Humanities ReviewThe Florida ReviewMoon Milk ReviewThe Collagist, Drunken Boat and on her site: gappsbasement.com. In addition to reading and studying experimental forms, disability and horror theory, Natanya enjoys being part of an unruly pack composed of her husband JP, their three psychic dogs, and a tank of dreamsunk fish. 

Tiffany Midge is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux, and a poetry MFA graduate from the University of Idaho.  Her poetry collection Outlaws, Renegades and Saints: Diary of Mixed-up Halfbreed won the Native Writers of the Americas First Book Award.  The chapbook, Guiding the Stars to their Campfire, Driving the Salmon to their Beds was published by Gazoobi Tales .  A three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Tiffany has published poetry and nonfiction in Shenandoah, North American Review, Poetry Northwest and most recently in The Raven Chronicles, Florida Review , No Tell Motel, Drunken Boat and South Dakota Review.  Tiffany resides in Moscow, Idaho (In Nez Perce country) and teaches part time with Northwest Indian College.  She keeps the blog UGH; Uncivilized Grunting Heathen at http://breakfastattiphanys.blogspot.com/

Lost Horse Press Mission Statement

Established in 1998, Lost Horse Press—a nonprofit independent press—publishes poetry titles of high literary merit, and makes available other fine contemporary literature through cultural, educational and publishing programs and activities. The Lost Horse New Poets, Short Books Series, edited by Marvin Bell, is dedicated to works—often ignored by conglomerate publishers—which are so much in danger of vanishing into obscurity in what has become the age of chain stores and mass appeal food, movies, art and books.  http://www.losthorsepress.org/

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