Tribute to longtime UND scholar, Robert Lewis, focus of current issue of ‘North Dakota Quarterly’


Kate Sweney

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College of Arts & Sciences


In August 2013, Robert Lewis, editor of the North Dakota Quarterly (NDQ) for 31 years, passed away. In honor of his years of dedication to the Quarterly and the lives he touched, NDQ is pleased to offer a special tribute issue. The issue is split into two halves, each edited by different guest editor teams. The first focuses on Bob's lifelong work related to Ernest Hemingway. The second half focuses on Bob's lifelong passions, including his teaching at UND, American Indian studies, the natural world, and his daily haiku writing.

Through the words of those who knew him best, those whose lives he influenced, and even his own, the issue paints a portrait of Bob for those who never had the pleasure of meeting him and deepens the knowledge of those who did. We hope that this issue brings laughs, tears, and an inspiration to never stop exploring. As Bob said himself, "For no matter how well read one is, if one's journal is of some breadth in what it undertakes to publish, one is constantly learning, and often in areas where one otherwise would not go. So the many dialogs not only with authors around the country and the world, but also with one's family of helpers, often over new materials, are gratifying and enlarging, perhaps the strongest pleasure of all."

The tribute issue of NDQ, Vol. 79.3&4, is available on campus at the North Dakota Museum of Art, the UND Bookstore, and at the NDQ office, Merrifield Room 15. The cost is $16. Subscriptions are $25.