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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.

Around the Office: Scott Winter

Short interviews with Prairie Schooner editors and staff members.

Scott Winter hosts Air Schooner along with Stacey Waite. An assistant professor at UNL's College of Journalism and Mass Communications, he teaches media ethics, sportswriting and magazine design, though both his degrees are from English departments, including Nebraska's in 2007. He takes students on international reporting trips, and has taught in Ethiopia, Kosovo and India. Outside work, he plays ugly tennis with his beautiful wife, watches Arrested Development reruns with his daughter and plans baseball excursions with his son.

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There have been eight Air Schooner episodes so far. Which has been your favorite, and why?

Berlin International Film Festival

Part II

This is the fifth 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.

Berlin International Film Festival

Part I

This is the fifth 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.

Most filmmakers will agree that Cannes is the queen of film festivals in the world. Next to Cannes the big daddy is Berlin. Attendance at screenings total approximately 500,000, there are 15,000 accredited film professionals and around 4000 members of the press--this is a mega event!

Literary Competitions of the Ridiculous Sort

The other day I participated in a spelling bee. No, I’m not actually in third grade; I’m 27, and I’ll have you know I was in the bee for a good reason. Held at a downtown Lincoln bar and attended by decidedly geeky literary types, the competition was a benefit for the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, an organization which supports Lincoln’s public libraries. I represented UNL’s English department along with fellow grad student Annie Bierman. We did quite well, if I do say so myself: Annie made it until about the final five, while I placed a solid second. I lost to an auto mechanic who could spell the word “ptarmigan” (the “p” is silent!), but I won myself a lightly used copy of the game Bananagrams.

Chris Offutt--Full Interview!

As part of Air Schooner #7, host Scott Winter interviewed writer Chris Offutt on the relationship between writing and food. Listen to the uncut version of Offutt's interview here!

Comic Industry Awards

This is the third 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.

Perusing Prairie Schooner's website recently, one could sensibly gather that it’s about that time of year again for the awarding of prizes and fellowships. Also, in light of the recent Pulitzer Prize for Fiction snub, I thought it might be worthwhile to look at some of the distinguished literary awards out there that have crossed paths with the comics medium.

A Game of Morals: The Anti-“Monopoly”

This is the second 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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