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March 2012

ZZ Packer--Full Interview!

As part of Air Schooner #5, PS Senior Reader Robert Fuglei interviewed renowned writer ZZ Packer. Listen to the uncut version of ZZ's thoughts on teaching talent in the writing classroom and the importance of voice.

Three Questions for Katie Wudel

Claire Harlan-Orsi interviews the PS Spring 2012 Contributor on her short story, "Bad Aim," and other writing matters

Katie Wudel’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Rumpus, Monkeybicycle, and other publications. A recent writer in residence at Hedgebrook, Katie has taught creative writing at San Francisco’s School of the Arts and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Writer’s Workshop. Her story “Tongueless” was listed among Wigleaf’s Top [Very] Short Fictions of 2011. You can find out more about Katie by visiting www.katiewudel.com.

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You use third person point of view, but Harry's unique (acerbic, vocal) way of seeing things really comes through in the narration. How did you decide on this perspective, and how did you develop Harry's voice?

Etgar Keret--Full Interview!

As part of Air Schooner #5, host Scott Winter interviewed acclaimed writer Etgar Keret, who talks about his recent New Yorker story, the difficulties of being categorized, and where he gets his inspiration. Check out the full interview here!

The Strange Comix of S. Clay Wilson

This is the second installment of an ongoing series written for the blog by Richard Graham. Richard is an associate professor and media services librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studies the educational use of comics and serves as the film and art history liaison. His posts examine UNL’s, Nebraska’s, and the larger literary world’s connections with the comics medium.

In my previous blog post, I mentioned Ted Kooser’s friendship with underground comix creator S. Clay Wilson. Wilson is one of the original members of the Zap Comix collective, a notorious group that also included Robert Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, Robert Williams, and psychedelic poster artists Rick Griffin and Victor Moscoso.

Spring 2012 Is Out!

FEATURING!

  • Denise Duhamel's stunning long poem paralleling the narrator's relationship with that of Barack and Michelle...
  • Polly Rosenwaike's story of Mother's Day ambivalence (seasonally appropriate!)...
  • Martha Silano's advice for museum-goers...
  • love poems...
  • Kuno Raeber in translation...
  • ...and so much more!

RANDOM TEASERS:

  • "I aimed and fired, not / expecting anything to happen, / but a winged shadow fell / to the forest floor."
  • "He sprang at me like a lynx or an ocelot or some other small, wild cat that regional zoos can afford."
  • "She pours decaffeinated crystals and steaming water into a cup, adds two tablets of saccharine and a splash of Irish courage, as she calls it, then sits at the table and sips and waits for the evening to begin."

Seven Questions for Sigrid Nunez

PS Web Editor Theodore Wheeler interviews the accomplished prose stylist about judgmental sisters, the importance of solitude to writers, and other topics.
Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez is the author of six novels, including The Last of Her Kind and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her story “Worried Sisters” appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Prairie Schooner.

Nomad Nabina Das

This is the first in a series of blog posts by guest contributor Nabina Das. Born and brought up in Guwahati, Assam, India, Nabina has a novel titled Footprints in the Bajra (Cedar Books, Delhi) and an MFA from Rutgers University. Winner of several writing residencies and national poetry prizes, Nabina’s poem has been included in the Nagaland Secondary Board of Education syllabus. A 2007 Joan Jakobson (Wesleyan) and 2007 Julio Lobo (Lesley) fiction scholar, she has worked in journalism and media for about 10 years, trained in North Indian classical music and folk songs, and performed in radio/TV programs. Nabina lectures in classrooms/workshops, designs brochures and poetry post cards, and blogs at http://nabinadas13.wordpress.com/. She loves reading (never call it teaching) poetry and doing street theater with children.

International Film Festival of Rotterdam

Part II

This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series written for the blog by Peter Rorvik. Peter is the Director of the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Director of the Durban International Film Festival.

International Film Festival of Rotterdam

Part I
Rotterdam

This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series written for the blog by Peter Rorvik. Peter is the Director of the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Director of the Durban International Film Festival.

The International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR) is a cool festival. This is not to say it is a hip, little niche festival. Far from it. IFFR is huge, probably the largest cultural event in the Netherlands, attracting attendance of over 274,000. It is different from the other major festivals in Europe such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice, because despite its size and prominence, there is no red carpet here, and the star-driven media frenzy is refreshingly absent. With lots of great films - 550 to choose from - IFFR has a very business-like attitude.

Cynthia Hogue--Full Interview!

UNL faculty member and poet Stacey Waite interviewed Cynthia Hogue for Air Schooner 4. Check out the full (uncut) interview here!

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