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New Blog and Social Networking Editor, Claire Harlan-Orsi

As PS blog readers already know, the great Ted Wheeler has taken over as Prairie Schooner's Web Editor--which brings me, a newbie, to the position of Blog and Social Networking Editor! Let me say, first of all, that I'm tremendously grateful to Ted, Marianne, and Kwame for giving me this opportunity. I've been a fan of the magazine and a submissions reader for a couple years now, and I'm excited to take my involvement to the next level. I promise not to abuse the privilege by posting pictures of my dog.

Around the Office: Hali Sofala

Short interviews with Prairie Schooner editors and staff members.
Hali Sofala

Hali Sofala is the Book Prize Coordinator for Prairie Schooner. From Georgia, she's a first-year Ph.D. student in poetry, specializing in women’s and ethnic studies. She previously earned an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hali has taught at Augusta State University, where she also worked as the Textbook Manager for the University’s campus bookstore. Her poems have been published in journals such as Anderbo, Inner Weather, The Literary Bohemian, and The Peacock’s Feet.

On to the questions--

Dubai International Film Festival

Jafar Panahi in This is Not a Film

[This is the third 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.]

With a curious mix of ultra-modern amenities alongside or often overriding traditional values Dubai is the largest city in the cluster of emirate states that comprise the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. With Iraq now very messed up, and changes afoot in previously stable Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the UAE and Qatar are perhaps the Western world’s best bet for oil if for some terrible reason(s) the supply lines from Iran are shut down.

The Official Cake of Prairie Schooner

Prairie Schooner Cake by Lorna Dawes

How about this cake?!

A huge round of applause and thanks is due to Lorna Dawes for bringing this themed pastry into the office today. The cake is covered in both fondant and buttercream frosting, with gingerbread wheels. Amazing.

Let the jealousy ensue...

Prairie Schooner Interview: Susan Blackwell Ramsey

Marianne Kunkel interviews Susan Blackwell Ramsey, winner of the 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry.
Susan Blackwell Ramsey

One of the many things I admire about A Mind Like This is its broad historical spectrum. Some poems profile 19th-century authors while others incorporate aspects of contemporary life such as the phrases “I downloaded a favorite song” and “wind / that bitchslapped me.” What is gained by letting cutting-edge, colloquial diction into your poems?

A reader who continues to the next line? English is in a constant thrash, and trying to hang onto its tail can make for a fine ride as long as you have friends who will occasionally look over their glasses at you and say "No. Just ... no."

Ireland Issue Launch Recap

Prairie Schooner hosted two days of events celebrating our latest release.
Aidan Rooney

We hosted four contributors—Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Deanie Rowan Blank, Aidan Rooney (pictured), and Sandra Bunting—from our Ireland issue on campus last week.

Read what Nuala thought of her trip to Lincoln on her blog.

Publicity Associate Trey Moody had this to say about the events:

Winter Issue Launch Begins Tomorrow!

There will be events celebrating our recent Irish Issue on February 9 & 10.
Aidan Rooney

Prairie Schooner invites you to the Irish Issue Launch Party! The two-day event at the Sheldon Museum of Art, takes place on Thursday, February 9, and Friday, February 10. This free and open-to-the-public event features award-winning Irish writers included in Prairie Schooner’s Winter 2011 Special Irish Issue, along with other exciting, Irish-themed festivities.

Thursday, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Irish authors Deanie Rowan Blank and Nuala Ni Chonchuir read and give on-stage interviews in Sheldon’s Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium, followed from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. with a panel focusing on contemporary Irish literature. (Hear Nuala Ni Chonchuir read from her story "Peach".)

Celebration Recap

Book Prize Events

Last week we hosted a few events in celebration of Prairie Schooner Book Prize winners Shane Book, James Crews, and Greg Hrbek. There was a meet-and-greet/q-and-a on Monday. Tuesday evening featured collaborative performances by the three prize-winners with UNL’s photography and dance departments.

According to Trey Moody, our events guru, the collaboration came off well.

The Web Editor

Wheeler Moves Up the Masthead

We’re pleased to announce that Theodore Wheeler has been appointed the new Web Editor of Prairie Schooner. Wheeler was previously the Blog and Social Networking Editor. He will be taking over the reins of the online presence from Timothy Schaffert.

Audio: Nuala Ní Chonchúir Reads from "Peach"

"Peach" appears in the current issue of Prairie Schooner, the 2011 Winter edition.

Also, please note that Nuala Ní Chonchúir will take part in the official Launch Party of the Winter issue next week in Lincoln. On Thursday, February 9, at 2pm, she will participate in a reading and interview at the Sheldon Museum of Art. On Friday, February 10, there will be a reception at the Sheldon from 7-8pm (with Irish-themed food and beverages!), following by readings from Nuala, Sandra Bunting, Aiden Rooney, and Deanie Rowan Blank. It's going to be a good time.

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