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June 30th, 1936, marks the publication date of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind. Although today its reception is mixed—some still love it, while others find its controversial aspects more than troubling—it remains historically important, and if nothing else, it shows us the headway we’ve made as a society. “Shifting Winds” by James C. Kilgore appeared in the summer issue of Prairie Schooner in 1969, with the weather in Nebraska not surprisingly heating up. June saw highs of 99 degrees Fahrenheit. James C. Kilgore (1928-1988), a poet and essayist, worked in the English Department at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio where he was extremely active in founding new and diverse writing associations in and around the Cleveland metro area. He published several works throughout his life, and was named Ohio Poet of the Year in 1982.
Below is an interview with the judge of our Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest, Rigoberto Gonzalez. We're accepting submissions through August 1st, looking for all types of creative nonfiction essays, up to 5,000 words. Winner receives $250 and publication in our Spring issue. Click here to submit.
1. You write and publish in a variety of genres—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature—so what is it about the genre of nonfiction that speaks to you? What does the genre offer you as a writer? As a reader, teacher, human?
In our Winter 2014 issue Alicia Ostriker curated a poetry portfolio on Women and the Global Imagination, and we were so struck by its contents that we wanted to keep the dialog surronding this theme going on our blog. In her essay, Sholeh Wolpé examines the work of Iranian woman poets who have used transgression to push up against the boundaries their culture had placed on writing by women. We hope you enjoy reading. To read more on this theme, visit our store and buy or Winter 2014 issue (print or ebook), or become a subscriber to Prairie Schooner today.
In our Winter 2014 issue Alicia Ostriker curated a poetry portfolio on Women and the Global Imagination, and we were so struck by its contents that we wanted to keep the dialog surronding this theme going on our blog. In her essay, Fiona Sze-Lorrain examines the work of Italian post-war woman writer Laudomia Bonanni. We hope you enjoy reading. If you like what you see, please become a subscriber to Prairie Schooner today. To take part in the dialog, follow and interact with us on Twitter.