Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.

“The Boys Are Back in Town,” a story

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. is Professor and Chair of Indigenous Nations Studies and Director of the School of Gender Race and Nations at Portland State University. His mosaic novel about sort of growing up in Chicago, Sacred Smokes, winner of the 2019 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing, is now in its second printing. His next work, Sacred City, was published in fall 2021, also by the University of New Mexico Press, who released his edited volume The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones. He is the creative editor for Transmotion (a journal of postmodern Indigenous studies). His fiction and photography have been published in The Raven Chronicles, Red Earth Review, The Journal of Working-Class Studies, Unnerving Magazine, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, and Yellow Medicine Review, among others.


Sacred Smokes (University of New Mexico Press)

Sacred City (University of New Mexico Press)

A Reading

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. reading from “The Boys are Back in Town”