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Library's "Northern Narratives 2022" Book Available

Northern Narratives 2022 is the library’s sixth publication of poems, essays, and short stories produced by local and regional authors. It is available at all three library locations for check out, or it can be read online. Please note that the cover art (titled Milky Way and Meteor) for this book was by photographer Gordon Court and submitted as part of the Northern Focus 2022 photography project.

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Northern Focus 2022 Photography Project

Northern Focus is a project conceived by the Fargo Public Library for regional amateur photographers with the aim to provide a free space, for artist and viewer alike, to showcase amateur artwork and share local perspectives. This is the third year that photographers from North Dakota and parts of western Minnesota sent in their favorite photographs taken anywhere within the region.

Thank you to all who participated in the Fargo Public Library’s Northern Focus 2022 photo contest. This year, we had 33 submissions and the judging panel had a challenging job choosing the winning photo.

Gordon Court's Milky Way and Meteor was chosen from among them to be the front cover of Northern Narratives 2022, Northern Focus’s sister project for regional writers.

Please note: Photographers retain the rights to their photographs.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Fargo Public Library for supporting both the Northern Focus photography project and the Northern Narratives writing project.

Northern Focus 2022 Submissions


  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Agape" by Lugo

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Agape" by Lugo

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Look Closer" by Clift

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Look Closer" by Clift

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Winter ND Style" by Herman

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Winter ND Style" by Herman

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Fargo Spring" by Bertolini

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Fargo Spring" by Bertolini

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Building an Igloo in Fargo" by Guo

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Building an Igloo in Fargo" by Guo

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Forum, The" by Rider

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Forum, The" by Rider

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Red Barn on Red River" by Wanner

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Red Barn on Red River" by Wanner

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Construction in the Distance" by Mueller

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Construction in the Distance" by Mueller

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Untitled" by Arttus

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Untitled" by Arttus

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "More Than What You Hear" by Mans

    Northern Focus 2022 – "More Than What You Hear" by Mans

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "A Painting in the Sky" by Khan

    Northern Focus 2022 – "A Painting in the Sky" by Khan

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Wrapping Up" by Wurden

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Wrapping Up" by Wurden

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Noah and the new normal" by Zimmerman

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Noah and the new normal" by Zimmerman

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Badlands Bison" by Dura

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Badlands Bison" by Dura

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Lindenwood Park Bridge" by Qi

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Lindenwood Park Bridge" by Qi

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Symbiosis" by Richter

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Symbiosis" by Richter

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "First Buds" by Baity

    Northern Focus 2022 – "First Buds" by Baity

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Rural Winter Horses" by Gilmour

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Rural Winter Horses" by Gilmour

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Skipping Rocks on the River" by San Juan

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Skipping Rocks on the River" by San Juan

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "The Bugler" by Henn

    Northern Focus 2022 – "The Bugler" by Henn

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Autumn Trails" by Bruley

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Autumn Trails" by Bruley

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Winter Beauty" by Duncan

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Winter Beauty" by Duncan

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Home Sweet Home" by Halvorson

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Home Sweet Home" by Halvorson

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "North Dakota Cowboy" by Yang

    Northern Focus 2022 – "North Dakota Cowboy" by Yang

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Taking Time" by Lorenz

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Taking Time" by Lorenz

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Model-T in Itasca" by Brose

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Model-T in Itasca" by Brose

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Milky Way and Meteor" by Court

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Milky Way and Meteor" by Court

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Sun The Flower" by Blakely

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Sun The Flower" by Blakely

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Rainbow over Bully Pulpit" by Halvorson

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Rainbow over Bully Pulpit" by Halvorson

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Deer in Medora" by Jennison

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Deer in Medora" by Jennison

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Dakota Sunrise" by Yexley

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Dakota Sunrise" by Yexley

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Wild Horses" by Jennison

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Wild Horses" by Jennison

  • Northern Focus 2022 – "Trollwood Trails" by Casey

    Northern Focus 2022 – "Trollwood Trails" by Casey


Northern Narratives Jr. 2022 edition

Library's "Northern Narratives Jr. 2022" Magazine Available

Northern Narratives Jr. is the library's kids-only, literary magazine. This anthology ​is available to be read online and features over 50 entries of poems, nonfiction essays, short stories, drawings, photographs, and comics written and created by school-age children from the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo community in the spring of 2022. Categories had first and second place winners, and some categories also had honorable mentions, as judged by the Fargo Public Library Children's Services Staff. Winners works are indicated by an asterisk.*

Please note: Transcription of each piece is taken directly from the original work, so any creative spelling, grammar, or formatting is considered intentional by the artist.

Northern Narratives 2021 book cover

Library's "Northern Narratives 2021" Book Available

Northern Narratives 2021 is the library’s fifth publication of poems, essays and short stories produced by local and regional authors. It is available at all three library locations for check out, or it can be read online. Please note that the cover art (titled The Wild Mist) for this book was by photographer Brittani Hovland and submitted as part of the Northern Focus 2021 photography project.

Northern Narratives Jr. cover

Library's "Northern Narratives Jr. 2021" Magazine

Northern Narratives Jr. is the library's first ever, kids-only, literary magazine. It is available to be read online and features poems, nonfiction essays, short stories, drawings, photographs, and comics written and created by school-age children from the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo community in the spring of 2021. Each category had first and second place winners as judged by the Fargo Public Library Children's Services Staff. Winning works are indicated by an asterisk.*

Please note: Transcription of each piece was taken directly from the original work, so any creative spelling, grammar, or formatting is considered intentional by the artist.

Northern Narratives 2020 book cover

Library's "Northern Narratives 2020" Book Available

Northern Narratives 2020 is the library’s fourth publication of poems, essays and short stories produced by local and regional authors. It is available at all three library locations for check out, or it can be read online. Please note that the cover art (titled Home in the Middle of Nowhere) for this book was by photographer Hannah Borsheim submitted as part of the inaugural Northern Focus photography project.

Northern Narratives 2019 book cover

Library's "Northern Narratives 2019" Book Available

Northern Narratives 2019 is the library’s third publication of poems, essays and short stories produced by local and regional authors. It is available at all three library locations for check out, or it can be read online.

Northern Narratives 2018

Library's "Northern Narratives 2018" Book Available

Northern Narratives 2018 is the library’s third publication of poems, essays and short stories produced by local and regional authors. It is available at all three library locations for check out, or it can be read online.

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