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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.

International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam

Peter Rorvik on Film

[This is the second 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.]

Despite widespread funding cutbacks for culture coming from a Dutch government retreating into conservatism, the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam of 2011 looked as strong as ever, entrenching wide acknowledgement that this is the worlds’ leading documentary festival.

For events of this size, IDFA scores big in respect of manageability. Eleven simultaneous screens run in the old and arty Tuchinski and the more modern de Munt cinema complex, just two minutes apart, creating a very accessible film feast in the Rembrandt Plein locale, where you can also find box office and registration facilities, filmmaker discussions and live TV talk shows.

Book Prize Celebration Next Week!

2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Celebration

Prairie Schooner and the University of Nebraska Press will be hosting a couple events on campus next week as part of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Celebration. The guests of honor (and the entertainment!) feature three of our recent Book Prize winners. They are, Shane Book (2010 winner in poetry for Ceiling of Sticks), Greg Hrbek (2011 winner in fiction for Destroy All Monsters), and James Crews (2011 winner in poetry for The Book of What Stays).

The Karen Brown Interview

(Interviewed by Theodore Wheeler.)
Karen Brown

Karen Brown received the 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for her book Little Sinners and Other Stories, which is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press. Her first collection of short stories, Pins and Needles, received AWP’s Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction and, in 2007, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press. Her work has appeared twice in the PEN/O.

The Publicity Associate: Trey Moody

Prairie Schooner is pleased to announce its new Publicity Associate, Trey Moody!

Moody, a San Antonio native and third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earned a B.A. and M.F.A. from Texas State University-San Marcos, where he taught and served as Poetry Editor of Front Porch. The author of the chapbooks Climate Reply (New Michigan Press) and Once Was a Weather (Greying Ghost Press), Moody’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Washington Square, and elsewhere. With Jeff Alessandrelli, he co-curates The Clean Part Reading Series in Lincoln.

As Publicity Associate, Moody will work with relevant media outlets to promote Prairie Schooner’s public events and web initiatives, ensuring that the journal’s cultural presence is felt locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

O'Donnell on Poetry Daily

Prairie Schooner Winter 2011

We're a little late announcing it here, but Mary O'Donnell's poem "Sea Life in St. Mark's Square" was just yesterday the featured poem on Poetry Daily. You can still find the piece, which is from our current issue, of course, at this link.

It is a great poem from a deserving poet, and one we're proud to have it recognized like this.

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