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Sherman Alexie to Edit Special Portfolio for Winter 2012 Issue of Prairie Schooner

Prairie Schooner is excited to announce that the amazing Sherman Alexie will guest-edit a Native American-themed portfolio of prose and poetry for Prairie Schooner’s Winter 2012 issue!

Alexie is a writer, poet, and filmmaker best known for his short-story collection, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. His work has been translated into a dozen languages, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories 2004 and Pushcart Prize XXIX. The author of twenty-two books, he has won an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, a National Book Award, for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and the PEN/Faulkner Award, for War Dances, among many other honors. His film, Smoke Signals, won the 1998 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and Filmmakers’ Trophy.

According to Marianne Kunkel, Prairie Schooner’s Managing Editor, “I can’t think of a better way to follow our successful Winter 2011 Special Irish Issue than with a Native American-themed issue highlighting the best poems, stories, and creative essays by some of today’s most talented Native American authors. In the second installment in our new series of internationally-themed winter issues, we’re excited to showcase the creative work of authors whose roots are right here in Nebraska and elsewhere. And to have the phenomenal, multi-talented author Sherman Alexie select the work—it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Of course, all of us at Prairie Schooner are thrilled about this news! Check back for updates, including details regarding Winter 2012 issue launch events scheduled for early 2013.