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Quilting Comics

This is the seventh 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.

Recently, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at the Ohio State University asked for help identifying a myriad of comic book and strip characters that were embroidered onto a donated textile. Though it might be strange to think that such a thing exists, would it blow your mind that many comics scholars consider some textiles as comics themselves, regardless if a talking animal appears on it?

"Nonfiction is the new philosophy"

An Interview with Steven Church

The deadline for our first annual Creative Nonfiction Contest is fast approaching! We've already received many excellent submissions--get yours in by August 31!

Briefly Noted

A monthly book review in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner.
On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths

Volume 1, Issue 3. August 2012.
Dawes on Amina Gautier’s At Risk
Harlan-Orsi on William Maxwell’s Time Will Darken It
Redd on Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind
Crews on Lucia Perillo’s On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths
Diouf on Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature

FUSION!

The new FUSION is here! It's a multimedia collaboration between Batswana poets and artists and Prairie Schooner that features new poems as well as selections from the magazine's archive curated by Managing Editor Marianne Kunkel and Batswana poet TJ Dema.

The poetry and art are focused on the theme of "Womb." As Kunkel writes, this project takes as its subject a controversial part of the female body, at a political moment when the conversation about female embodiment is less a conversation and more an "oppressive cultural silence."

Of Text and Its Temerity

Nabina Das on The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (by Indians)

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

"Roll roti! roll roti! roll roti! roll roti!"
— David Dabydeen, ‘For Ma’

The Literature of "Skyrim"

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

I watched as Kazandria, my Kajiit warrior, labored up the winding path to Whiterun’s Cloud District in the aftermath of the war. She had lived in the central city of Whiterun, a mecca of trade and industry in the medievalist supernatural world of Tamriel, for nearly three months since Skyrim made its debut in November of 2011. She had “made friends” with her female blacksmith neighbor who had become Kazandria’s primary resource for weapons and armor trade. Now Kazandria was responsible for setting the woman’s house on fire along with almost everyone else’s in her cherished town. I laughed uncomfortably to my fiancée and co-author, Eric, knowing how silly it was to feel so terrible.

The Limits of Discipline

Dispatches from PS Blog Editor Claire Harlan Orsi

Have you seen the new ballet documentary, First Position? It’s great. You watch, utterly enraptured, as five extremely talented young dancers compete in an international competition for awards/scholarships and/or positions at a company. You see them sweat, suffer physically and emotionally and sacrifice their time (and the time of their parents) to the pursuit of their chosen art. Spoiler: they all succeed! Hard work and sacrifice beget success!

Around the Office: Marianne Kunkel

Short interviews with Prairie Schooner editors and staff members.

Marianne Kunkel is the Managing Editor of Prairie Schooner and a Ph.D. student in poetry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a specialization in women’s and gender studies. Her poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, River Styx, and elsewhere, and her chapbook, The Laughing Game, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

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First Job

PS reader Vanessa Blakeslee remembers writing her way through her first summer job

The summer before I entered ninth grade, my parents purchased a local landmark just south of the Poconos called Hilltop Drive-In—-not a movie theatre, but the kind of place where customers line up to order hot dogs and sundaes at sliding windows. I spent the months leading up to my fourteenth birthday learning how to stack loops of soft serve ice cream atop cones, jot orders, count change. Long lines snaked out to the parking lot at night; my peers and I darted from the cash registers to the sundae station, arms and t-shirts sticky with the fine mist of milkshake spray, the air stuffy from the lack of A/C and the bubbling fryers that churned up pierogies and French fries. I had my first job, one that would show me all the merits and drawbacks of punching a time clock and sweating for the pay which was handed out every two weeks.

Thoughts on Comic-Con

This is the sixth 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.

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