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Contributor Spotlight on Ana Castillo

by Dan Froid

During Ana Castillo’s recent appearance at UNL, she read her long poem, “‘Like the people of Guatemala, I want to be free of these memories…’—Sister Dianna Ortíz,” a moving and beautiful poem about the Ursuline nun of the title, who was captured and tortured during a missionary trip in Guatemala. The room was silent; it felt like everyone was, like me, overwhelmed by Castillo’s emotional performance of the poem—which came just minutes after she read “El Chicle,” a lighthearted poem about a piece of gum that falls from her son’s mouth.

Briefly Noted - October 9, 2014

Quick-to-Read Monthly Reviews

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates.

Vol. 3 Issue 6. October 9, 2014. Ed. Paul Clark.

The Map of What Happened by Susan Elbe | Reviewed by James Crews You Will Never See Any God: Stories by Ervin Krause | Reviewed by Tom Bennitt Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill | Reviewed by Ellen Birkett Morris

Contributor Spotlight on Roxane Gay

by Dan Froid

Roxane Gay could be anywhere right now. She’s been almost everywhere lately. Earlier this year, Nolan Feeny wrote in a review of An Untamed State, “Let this be the year of Roxane Gay.” And that seems to be ever increasingly the case. This year, she released an essay collection, Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial), as well as her debut novel, An Untamed State (Grove Atlantic). Both books have enjoyed impressive reviews and equally impressive sales; they’ve both had spots on the New York Times bestseller list, and Bad Feminist recently entered its seventh printing. (How often does that happen to a two-month-old book that Amazon classifies under “Women Writers” and “Feminist Theory”?) In addition to her latest successes, Gay also has a formidable online presence.

Kwame Dawes attends Furious Flower Poetry Conference

by Dan Froid

Kwame Dawes, Chancellor’s Professor of English at UNL and Glenna Luschei Editor-in-Chief of Prairie Schooner, recently attended the Furious Flower Poetry Conference, hosted by James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on September 24-27.

Held only once per decade, Furious Flower celebrates and recognizes America’s leading and emerging African-American poets, while also establishing new routes for both poetry and scholarship. “When poets of all generations and who feel themselves to be part of the African American poetic tradition come together in such numbers, many things happen that can’t happen in other settings,” Kwame Dawes remarked. “While what happens is unpredictable, it almost always has been a marker for the assertion of new directions and new milestones in African American poetry,” he added.

First Ever Prairie Schooner Recreate Our Cover Contest!

by Daley ElDorado

We’re excited to announce the first ever Prairie Schooner Recreate Our Cover Contest!

Grab a camera and some friends (or strangers, if need be) and do your best head-hiding poses! Or do some funky editing with the existing cover. Or cut out some construction paper and grab your kids’ toys, and see what happens.

Whatever you decide to do, show it to us via Twitter, Facebook, or email it to prairieschooner@unl.edu by October 10, and the best entry will win a free yearlong subscription to Prairie Schooner. Happy head-hiding!

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Alberta Clipper 9/30/2014: ‘On the Death of James Dean’ by Ralph Pomeroy

On September 30, 1955 a young actor died in a car crash at the age of twenty-four, turning him into an icon for many generations to come.  James Dean was that actor.  He only starred in three films, East of Eden, Giant, and, of course, Rebel Without a Cause.  He was the first actor to receive posthumous Oscar nominations. Three years after Dean’s death, Ralph Pomeroy’s “On the Death of James Dean” was published in the Prairie Schooner’s 1958 fall issue.  That fall, the temperature near the end of September was marked with a high of 90°F.  While October was the warmest month with an average temperature of 71°F, making for a relatively pleasant autumn.–Danielle Pringle

Ralph Pomeroy
On the Death of James Dean

Contributor Spotlight on Louise Erdrich

by Dan Froid

Today, Louise Erdrich, one of our much loved past contributors, will be recognized as the recipient of the 2014 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. The biannual award of $25,000 marks lifetime achievement in American fiction. Erdrich is the first woman to win the award, joining the male-dominated ranks of Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, and E.L. Doctorow.

Contributor Spotlight on Jennifer Perrine

by Dan Froid
Jennifer Perrine

This week, we’re shining the spotlight on contributor Jennifer Perrine, who has been very active lately on the Prairie Schooner scene. She recently won the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry for her manuscript No Confession, No Mass. She has appeared in two episodes of Air Schooner. In episode 24, she featured as part of Air Schooner’s reading series, in which leading poets and writers read from their work. Perrine read several of her poems, including “In the Human Zoo” and “When Life Gives You Lemons Make.” Listen to episode 24 here.

Alberta Clipper 9/16/2014: ‘Untitled’ by Marina Tsvetaeva

The Ukraine Crisis, as it has been termed, has been all over the news for a while now and, despite the controversy with Russia, it is important to remember that great works can come from anywhere. Marina Tsvetaeva was considered one of the great poets from the Silver Age in early twentieth-century Russia. Her poetry didn’t reach international acclaim until after her death in 1941.  Some of her poetry, originally written in 1916, resurfaced in the fall 1996 issue of the Prairie Schooner after having been translated by another Russian poet, Nina Kossman. That September in Lincoln was relatively warm with an average temperature ranging from the low 60s to high 50s before steadily declining in October and November. -Danielle Pringle

Marina Tsvetaeva       
Untitled

Briefly Noted - August 2014

Quick-to-Read Monthly Reviews

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates.

Vol. 3 Issue 5. August 2014. Ed. Paul Clark.

Return to My Native Land by Aimé Césaire (trans. John Berger and Anna Bostock) | Reviewed by Daniel Larkins Folly by David Axelrod | Reviewed by James Crews The Youngest Butcher in Illinois by Robert Ostrom | Reviewed by Jeannie Vanasco

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