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Theodore Wheeler

With all the excitement of announcing our new Managing Editor (Marianne Kunkel) and our new Book Prize Coordinator (Hali Sofala) I kind of neglected to introduce myself. Hi! I'm Theodore Wheeler, the new Blog and Social Networking Editor for Prairie Schooner.

Our 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominations!

We submitted Pushcart Prize nominations yesterday! Congratulations and best of luck to our nominees:

“Counting Sheep” by Linda Pastan, a poem from the Fall Issue.

“I'll Tell You about Speaking In Tongues” by Roxanne Beth Johnson, a poem from the Spring issue.

“Early Explorer’s Journal” by Desiree Alvarez, a poem from the Fall issue.

“Peach” by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, a short story from the forthcoming Winter issue.

“The Bird Lady” by Melodie Edwards, a short story from the Summer issue.

“How to Eat a Quince” by Patrick Toland, a poem from the forthcoming Winter issue.

Our New Book Prize Coordinator

Hali Sofala

Prairie Schooner is excited to announce its new Book Prize Coordinator, Hali Sofala!

From Georgia, Sofala is a first-year Ph.D. student in poetry, with a specialization in women’s and ethnic studies, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and she holds an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sofala has most recently taught at Augusta State University, where she also worked as the Textbook Manager for the University’s campus bookstore, and her poems have been published in journals such as Anderbo, Inner Weather, The Literary Bohemian, and The Peacock’s Feet.

The annual Prairie Schooner Book Prize, which next opens for submissions on January 15, 2012, is in very good hands. Please help us in welcoming Hali Sofala to the Prairie Schooner team!

Removing the Interim Tag

Marianne Kunkel

Now in its 85th year of publication, Prairie Schooner is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Managing Editor, Marianne Kunkel!

Holding an M.F.A. from the University of Florida and currently a third-year Ph.D. student in poetry, with a specialization in women’s and gender studies, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kunkel takes over as Managing Editor after her recent six-month stint as interim Managing Editor of Prairie Schooner.

A native of Alabama, Kunkel brings to the position of Managing Editor four years of publishing and editing experience working at the University Press of Florida, Naylor Publications, and the University of Nebraska Press. Also a talented poet, Kunkel has published poems in Columbia Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, and River Styx, and her chapbook, The Laughing Game, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

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