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Enajori.com Promotes Language, Literature, and the Heritage of Assam

By Nabina Das
Himjyoti Talukdar
Good things are bound to happen on birthdays. Enajori.com, the first online, bilingual, unicoded magazine from Assam devoted to Assamese literature, art, and culture, launched on March 13, 2010. March 13 is my birthday. Over the last few years, I have read Enajori.com posts on and off. The frequency of posts and topics seemed to grow quickly. That is what got me interested in the e-zine. How does a primarily vernacular website carve out a niche, which it did rather quickly? The answer came in deep, satisfying layers.

I Do Not Have a Particular Home, Place, or People

A Literary Conversation with Poet Richard Lyons
Richard Lyons
This conversation with Richard Lyons is the twelfth in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by Prairie Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. Richard Lyons (Ph.D., University of Houston) has published poems in The Nation, Poetry, New Republic, Paris Review, and North American Review. He is the author of three books of poetry: These Modern Nights, a Devins Award winner in the University of Missouri Press Breakthrough Series; Hours of the Cardinal, published in the James Dickey Contemporary Poets Series at the University of South Carolina Press; and Fleur Carnivore, winner of the Washington Prize. A new project, Blood Psalms, is currently in the editing stages. He teaches creative writing at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.

Briefly Noted - July 2013

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

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

Vol. 2 Issue 4. July 2013. Ed. James Madison Redd.

The Home Jar: Stories by Nancy Zafris | Reviewed by Nick White

The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories by Ethan Rutherford | Reviewed by Jacqueline H. Harris

Fire on the Mountain by Edward Abbey | Reviewed by Jack Hill

RUN'N'GUN

Sports Blog Series by Natalie Diaz
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The following is the introductory blog for Natalie Diaz’ Basketball/Sports Blog series. She was part of the Old Dominion Lady Monarch basketball team that made it to the NCAA Championship game in 1997. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia for several years, Diaz returned to Old Dominion and completed a double MFA in poetry and fiction.

Farewell Kim Thompson: A Sad Day for the Ninth Art

Richard Graham's Literature as Comics
Kim Thompson
The comics world lost a great figure on Wednesday, June 19. Fantagraphics co-publisher and editor Kim Thompson finally succumbed to lung cancer, just four months after receiving his diagnosis. He left behind caring family and friends and nearly four decades of work that featured a galaxy of artists and writers.

Novelist Eileen Pollack Writes us a Poem

Eileen Pollack
Four days before July, Eileen Pollack took the plunge—she wrote us an original poem to support our “Take a Chance: Subscribe”campaign. Subscribe here! Then read—and hear—Eileen’s poem below.

What Do we Need to Believe to Make Sense of the World?

An Interview with Becky Hagenston by James Madison Redd
Photo of Becky; Credit Troy DeRego
Becky Hagenston’s first collection of stories, A Gram of Mars, won the Mary McCarthy Prize. Her recent collection, Strange Weather, won the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and was published in 2010. Her stories have appeared in the O. Henry Anthology, The Southern Review, Mid-American Review, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, and many other journals.

Everyone Can Write A Gloomy Poem, or At Awhitu There’s Just Walking and Resting, Writing, Reading

An Interview with Sarah Broom, Conducted by Ryan Van Winkle
Photo of Sarah Broom
Sarah Broom's first collection was completed after learning she had stage-four lung cancer in 2008. At twenty-eight weeks pregnant, she was given only months to live. When blogger Ryan Van Winkle met her in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2011 she had given birth to her daughter and was bravely writing her second collection, Gleam, while submitting herself to an exhausting regime of drug trials and treatments in Auckland, Melbourne, and Boston.

Novelist Benjamin Percy Writes us a Poem

Benjamin Percy (http://www.benjaminpercy.com) is feeling daring—he wrote us an original poem to help us sell subscriptions for our “Take a Chance: Subscribe!” campaign throughout the month of June. Subscribe here. Read—and hear!—Percy’s poem below.

 

The Black Draught

The pale face smearing the midnight window.

The staticy voices hissing and popping over the baby monitor.

The semi-driver wearing a clown mask in the rearview mirror.

The doll opening its marble eyes and hollow mouth and rasping out a name, yours.

Novelist Colin Channer Writes Us a Poem

Colin Channer
In support of our June subscription campaign, which we’re calling “Take a Chance: Subscribe!” acclaimed novelist Colin Channer took a risk and experimented outside his normal genre. Here’s the poem, followed by an audio recording.

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