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Aimee Bender--Full Interview!

For Air Schooner 16, hosts Scott Winter and Stacey Waite talked to two great contemporary experimental writers, Lynn Emanuel and Aimee Bender. Hear the full interview with Bender here!

Lynn Emanuel--Full Interview!

For Air Schooner 16, hosts Scott Winter and Stacey Waite talked to two great contemporary experimental writers, Lynn Emanuel and Aimee Bender. Hear the full interview with Emanuel here!

Poetry that Travels through Place and Time

An Interview with Poet Catherine Pierce
Catherine Pierce (photo credit Megan Bean)

This interview is the third in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by Prairie Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. On October 2nd, 2012, he met with poet Catherine Pierce at Mississippi State University. The following is an excerpt from their meeting.


Catherine Pierce is the author of two books of poetry, The Girls of Peculiar and Famous Last Words and a chapbook, Animals of Habit (Kent State 2004).


Meet Your Senior Reader: Poetry

This new series introduces you to the people who are reading your stuff

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press, 2011) and the chapbook Don’t Let Me Forget To Feed the Sharks (Poor Claudia, 2012). He currently lives in Lincoln, NE, where he co-curates The Clean Part Reading Series with Trey Moody. Recent poetry by him appears or will appear in Gulf CoastSalt HillRedivider and Boston Review.


How would you describe yourself as a reader and writer?

"If you're meant to write, you can't escape it."

A Visit from TJ Dema

TJ Dema, a Botswana-based poet and current University of Iowa International Writing Program fellow, came to UNL last week to give a spoken word performance and Q&A (during which she made the titular pronouncement). Dema runs Sauti Arts and Performance Management managing contemporary and traditional poets, vocalists, and instrumentalists. She has performed for a number of African heads of state, been commissioned to write for Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee, and shared poetry in France, Denmark, India, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi as well as her home country. 

You can also check out Dema's essay on the state of the womb for the recent issue of FUSION!

The Hidden Choices of Silent Hill 2

A Special Halloween Edition!

This is the eighth in a series of guest posts by Hali Sofala and Eric Jones on the connections between gaming (video and otherwise) and the literary.

Haggis, Whiskey and Prose

Notes on the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship

This is the eighth in a series of blog posts by guest contributor Nabina Das, who writes about Indian books and authors.

Two Questions for Alicia Ostriker

Blog Editor Claire Harlan Orsi interviews Ostriker on 3 AM inspiration, poetic personifications and more!

Alicia Ostriker’s fifteenth collection of poetry is The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979–2011. Her most recent prose collection is For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book. She teaches in the Drew University Low-Residency MFA Program in poetry and poetry translation. Six of her poems appear in the current issue of Prairie Schooner.


War and Peace: A Reader's Chronicle

Dispatches from Blog Editor Claire Harlan Orsi

Guess what? I read War and Peace! If this were any other book, I wouldn’t be able to get away with simply narrating an account of the mundane occurrences that filled my life during the reading of said book. But because this is War and Peace, all bets are off. Having earned “the right” (who bestows these rights?) to self-indulgence around page 1200, I will now treat my faithful blog reader(s) to a blow-by-blow account of—not my thoughts about the book itself, no, that would be a different, more dignified blog post entirely—the process of reading Tolstoy’s world-changing classic. All dates below are from the fateful Summer of 2012.

Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner!

Natalie Vestin

Congratulations to Natalie Vestin, winner of Prairie Schooner's inaugural Creative Nonfiction Contest! Contest judge Steven Church read over 500 excellent submissions, and had this to say about Vestin's winning essay, "How to Own a Building":

"Like the introverted architecture it evokes, the voice and structure of 'How to Own a Building' draws you in, pulling you down into a deeply essayistic, intellectually and emotionally gratifying exploration of the ways in which we own and are owned by the shells we construct around us. Never sentimental, solipsistic or melodramatic, the essay dips a toe into the powerful currents of 9/11 without letting the rest of the essay get carried away, demonstrating the aesthetic restraint and grace that defines true art."


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