It’s Friday morning, and the avid listeners of the most popular podcast ever, Serial, likely heard the last episode of the season sometime yesterday. (If not, no worries. No spoilers here.) There's something special about the format, the way the story unfolds, moving backward and forward across wrinkles and obsessions. There's something, dare I say, poetic about the ways the episodes talk back and forth with each other that resonates, too, with the way series of poems work with and against each other, troubling and teasing expectations in what Air Schooner Episode 41 calls "series syndrome."
Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner!
Congratulations to Melissa Febos, winner of Prairie Schooner's second annual Creative Nonfiction Contest! We received more than 500 excellent submissions, and contest judge Lia Purpura had this to say about Febos's winning essay, “Call My Name”:
“This essay actively bodies forth language, and the author's sense of authentic discovery (exciting verbal events just keep unfurling, generating, exfoliating) allowed me to engage intimately with the piece for the duration. Beautiful, deeply felt, fresh and surprising sense of the word.”
“Call My Name” will appear in the Spring 2014 issue of Prairie Schooner. Stay tuned for an interview with Melissa!
Congratulations are also in order for the two runners-up: Barbara Hurd, for her essay “Listening to the Same River Twice: Theme and Variations,” and Gary McDowell for his essay, “There are Manuals for Those.”