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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

"Weave It, Braid It, Make It Into A Collage": Judith Ortiz Cofer on Creative Nonfiction

by Sarah Fawn Montgomery

The August 1st deadline for the Prairie Schooner Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest is fast approaching. The entry fee is $18 and gets you a one-year subscription to Prairie Schooner. Winner receives $250 and publication in our Spring 2015 issue. The contest is open to all types of creative non-fiction essays, up to 5,000 words. A few additional guidlines: your entry should include a cover letter with the submission's title and your contact information, your name and contact info shouldn't appear anywhere on the manuscript, and, finally, multiple submissions are encouraged, but an entry fee must be paid for each submission. Click here to submit.

Briefly Noted - June 2014

Quick-to-Read Monthly Reviews

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

Vol. 3 Issue 4. June 2014. Ed. Paul Clark.

Conversations by César Aira (trans. Katherine Silver) | Reviewed by Jeannie Vanasco The Keys to the Jail by Keetje Kuipers | Reviewed by Gabrielle Bates The Dark by Sergio Chejfec (trans. Heather Cleary) | Reviewed by Jack Hill

It's Just a Little Prick

An Interview with Peter Goldsworthy, Conducted by Ryan Van Winkle

Peter Goldsworthy is an Australian man-of-letters with a wide-range of accomplishments and accolades. He's a novelist, a poet, an essayist and (where does he find the time?) a doctor. In a sprawling, in-depth, conversation recorded at the Clunes Booktown Festival in Australia we talked about the variety and scope of his work. The excerpt here is a small fraction of the insight, humour and sheer story-telling prowess on display in our original interview.

Ryan Van Winkle: The Scottish poet Norman MacCaig always claimed writers who did both tended to write novels to make money, but always felt poetry was the “real thing”. Do you have a particular loyalty?

How A Book Happens with Amina Gautier

by Kristi Carter
Amina Gautier

1. You won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction in 2013 for your collection Now We Will Be Happy, what were you doing when you heard the news that you had won? How did you feel?

Briefly Noted - May 2014

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

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

Vol. 3 Issue 3. May 2014. Ed. Paul Clark.

On Ghosts by Elizabeth Robinson | Reviewed by Jack Hill The Phoenix: New & Selected Poems by Judith Skillman | Reviewed by Bonny Barry Sanders Darkness Sticks to Everything by Tom Hennen | Reviewed by James Crews

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