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Three Questions for Melissa Yancy

Claire Harlan-Orsi interviews the PS Summer 2012 Contributor on her story, "Firstborn"

Melissa Yancy’s fiction has appeared in One Story, Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Meridian and many other journals. She holds a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California and resides in Los Angeles, where she has worked in the non-profit sector for more than a decade. You can visit her at www.melissayancy.com.

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What was your drafting and revising process like for this story? Would you be willing to share a sentence or paragraph from the rough draft that you ended up modifying or cutting?

"I don't think there will ever be a time when we have enough re-tellings"

A Q&A with writer Arshia Sattar

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts by guest contributor Nabina Das on Indian books and authors. In this post, Das interviews scholar, translator and creative writer Arshia Sattar.

PS: Briefly Noted

A monthly book review in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner.
Open City

Volume 1, Issue 1. June 2012.

Wheeler on Richard Burgin’s Shadow Traffic and Ron Rash’s The Cove | Dawes on Teju Cole’s Open City and Tayari Jones’ Silver Sparrow | Harlan-Orsi on emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post | Das on Adil Jussawalla’s Trying to Say Goodbye | Crews on Bruce Snider’s Paradise, Indiana


Richard Burgin. Shadow Traffic. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

Reviewed by Theodore Wheeler

Gamer Types

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

The Monster in the Room

On Writing With and Without the Internet

Recently I invested $10 of my hard-earned Teaching Assistant’s salary on the software program Freedom. Freedom is a software program that, according to its website, “locks you away from the 'net so you can be productive.” If you’re a writer or someone else who wants to be forced to concentrate on a boring old MS Word screen, you simply plug in the amount of time you want to be internet-free and Freedom disables your connection, infuriatingly refusing to respond no matter how many times you click your Safari icon, not unlike that scene in Young Frankenstein where Victor Frankenstein tells Igor and Inga to lock him in the room with the monster and never let him out, no matter what he says.

Maurice Sendak, Instigator

Richard Graham remembers the artist's provocative side

This is the fourth 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.

“The Postcolonial Should Perhaps Eat Itself!”

A Q&A with Professor David Richards on Postcolonial Literature

This is the third in a series of blog posts by guest contributor Nabina Das on Indian books and authors. In this post, Das interviews Professor David Richards of the University of Stirling.

Summer Issue Cover!

To whet your appetite for our forthcoming Summer Issue, check out its beautiful cover!

This startling image was shot in Provincia Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, by German artists Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke,

The photo is part of a series called "Lightmark." According to the artists' website, Lightmark "was created by photographing moving light sources at night. Long exposures, up to an hour in length, are required to allow torchlight to take form and for the very low level of ambient light, usually from the moon, to illuminate the scenery. Using a digital medium format camera for their photography, Goepel and Warnecke focus on photographic techniques rather than post processing to achieve the results they are aiming for. The couple travel all over the world in search of locations with secret natures they seek to reveal through their light paintings."

After UNL

An Interview with NSWC Faculty and UNL Alums Dave Madden, emily danforth and Lee Martin!

The Nebraska Summer Writer’s Conference comes to UNL in just a month. As usual, the faculty is full of writers with some sort of Nebraska connection; this year, however, NSWC is bringing in no fewer than three former UNL graduate writing program alums to teach workshops! Prairie Schooner, in partnership with the NSWC, conducted the following interview with these three faculty alums: Dave Madden, emily danforth, and Lee Martin.

Interviewee Bios:

How Games Fail to Teach: Christian Videogames and the “Problem of Content”

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

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