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PS Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 issue of Prairie Schooner will be shipping out soon! Perhaps as soon as next week for subscribers.

This is an especially exciting issue, as it marks the first published edition of the journal composed entirely of material edited by Kwame Dawes, our new Glenna Luschei Editor-in-Chief. The issue includes fiction by Sigrid Nunez and Elizabeth Trundle, poetry by Marilyn Hacker, Stephen Ajay, Eric Weinstein, Maureen Seaton, and James Cihlar, and an essay by Eileen Pollack. We're proud to have these writers on board, along with our other great contributors. The cover itself--"Laundromat" by Lori Nix-- is pretty sweet too!


Thanks to everybody who stopped by our book fair table, or made it to one of the readings and panels in which our people participated. AWP was a lot of fun this year. We're grateful to have the opportunity to meet and reconnect with so many great writers and/or people. Plus, we sold out of journals, which isn't too shabby.

The final dispatch comes from Senior Fiction Reader Wendy Oleson. Here's what Wendy has to say about Saturday's session:

Day Three

What was going on at AWP today? Here are dispatches from Kwame Dawes, Ted Wheeler, Claire Harlan-Orsi, and Wendy Oleson.

Day Two

Today's dispatches from the 2012 AWP Conference in Chicago comes to us from Kwame Dawes, Claire Harlan-Orsi, and Wendy Oleson:

It Begins...

Prairie Schooner Table at AWP

The annual AWP Conference began today in Chicago. Although the proceedings do not start in earnest until tomorrow, with a filled-to-the-gills panel and event schedule, there was still plenty going on in the Windy City today.

Editor-in-Chief Kwame Dawes had this to say:

Comics and the Schooner

This is the first 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. He'll be writing posts that examine UNL’s, Nebraska’s, and the larger literary world’s connections with the comics medium. Graham’s recent publication reprints and contextualizes the American government’s use of the comic book medium. Being a librarian, he has an affinity for cats, going so far as to receive a community award (and the occasional hate mail) for his work in spaying and neutering the feral cats that reside on the UNL campus. Welcome, Richard!

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...


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