Jenny L. Davis

White sans serif text reads: "Ootfalama / (to go and return) / by Jenny L. Davis // I. Hopaaki (ancient time) / II. Otaiya (past) / III. Himmaka’ma (present) / IV. Himmaka’pila (future)". The background is an image of stars in a night sky.
White sans-serif text reads “Our stories— / were not lost”. In the foreground is deerwoman, a matriarch with long white hair in a braid and antlers. In the background are two does in a forest.
White sans-serif text reads “adapted to new places.”
 Deerwoman is a young woman with antlers wearing jeans and a black jacket. She is in an urban setting, and is walking away from a wall where a leaping doe has been painted in bright graffiti. Deer hoofprints lead from a dark puddle on the ground to where she is.
White sans-serif text reads “transcend / binaries”.
Deerwoman is in a forest of rectangles with circuits on them in the shape of trees, on the side of one is the binary sequence for issi (deer) “01101001 0110011 0110011 01101001”. She wears a fitted suit covered in zeroes and ones.
White sans-serif text reads “will be told / among the stars”. Deerwoman is a Black Native woman with white antlers, she wears a space uniform with a deer hoofprint on the right chest. Behind her is an asteroid and a constellation in the shape of a jumping deer.


Jenny L. Davis (Chickasaw) is an Indigiqueer/Two-Spirit writer and artist from Oklahoma and an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her work has most recently been published and TransmotionSanta Ana River ReviewBroadsidedYellow Medicine ReviewAs/UsRaven Chronicles; and Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance and exhibited at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.