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Crooked Letter Interview Series

Interview with Kevin Simmonds

A Crooked Letter Special Feature
Kevin Simmonds
Kevin Simmonds is a writer, musician, and performance artist originally from New Orleans. Mad for Meat (2011) is his debut collection of poetry. He is the editor of Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and Ota Benga Under my Mother’s Roof. He also wrote the music for the Emmy Award-winning documentary HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. Most recently, he wrote the music for Emmett Till, a river, a Japanese noh-inspired theatre work debuting at Theatre of Yugen on November 7, 2013.

Crooked Letter Year in Review

James Redd's Mississippi Authors Conversation Series
James Madison Redd
I wash ashore in Lincoln a few times a week in the company prairie schooner. I’m the Schooner’s Southern messenger, receiving email and transcribing spoken word from Mississippi writers, many of whom I’ve been lucky enough to meet – recently, Richard Ford and Natasha Trethewey. I seek conversation with contemporary writers whose feet have pressed the rich soil of the Mississippi Delta, caressed the warm sands of the Gulf Coast, or crushed a bed of Pine Belt needles. My passion for music, spirituality, the oral tradition, family, and the past have blown me easily through this year and on to another.

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.

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.

Dueling Writers & Honing the Creative Impulse: A Conversation with Beth Ann Fennelly

Crooked Letter Interview # 10
Author Beth Ann Fennelly
Dueling Writers & Honing the Creative Impulse: A Conversation with Beth Ann Fennelly This conversation with Beth Ann Fennelly is the ninth in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by the Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. The following is a brief excerpt from their recent conversation at the University of Mississippi, familiarly known as Ole Miss. Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss, where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year. Her work has three times been included in THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY series. She and her husband, the L.A. Times Book award winner Tom Franklin, co-wrote the novel, TILTED WORLD, forthcoming in October 2013.

Olympia Vernon: The Gift of Writing

A Conversation with Author Olympia Vernon
Author Olympia Vernon

Olympia Vernon is author of three critically-acclaimed novels: Eden, Logic, and A Killing in This Town. Vernon’s Eden won the 2004 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Widening Empathy: Richard Ford

A Conversation with Richard Ford
Picture of Richard Ford

This interview is the fifth in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by Prairie Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd.

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