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Kwame Dawes in Scotland

If you happen to be in Ayr, Scotland this March for StAnza 2012--Scotland's international poetry festival--be sure to catch the reading by Prairie Schooner Editor Kwame Dawes on Tuesday, March 13. The event, titled "Kwame Dawes: Poetry from Jamaica," will take place at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and begins at 7pm.

Read more here.

2011 Pushcart Nominations

On Dec. 1, we submitted Pushcart Prize nominations. 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.

Blog and Social Networking Editor

Prairie Schooner is excited to announce the creation of a new staff position, Blog and Social Networking Editor, and delighted to welcome Theodore Wheeler into the role.

Wheeler steps into the position after serving as a senior fiction reader for Prairie Schooner. His fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, and Confrontation, among others. He was awarded a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and his work was listed among the Special Mention stories in the 2010 Pushcart Prize anthology. Wheeler lives in Omaha with his wife and daughter.

Pastan on Poetry Daily

Linda Pastan's "Counting Sheep," which originally appeared in our Fall 2011 issue, was the featured poem on Nov. 26 on Poetry Daily!

2011 Best American Recognition

The Best American Series released its 2011 versions in October, and there were several Prairie Schooner connections to note:

Eric Barnes' story "Something Pretty, Something Beautiful" (Winter 2010) was anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories.

Floyd Skloot's essay "Something to Marvel At" (Fall 2010) was a notable in Best American Nonrequired Reading.

Katie Chase's "The Sea that Leads to All Seas" (Winter 2010) and R.T. Smith's "The Red Jar" (Spring 2010) were notables in Best American Short Stories.

Janet Abbott Dutton's "Old Enough" (Winter 2010), Josip Novakovich's "Cat Named Sobaka" (Spring 2010), and Tracy Seeley's "Cartographies of Change" (Summer 2010) were notables in Best American Essays.

In addition, congratulations to the UNL/Prairie Schooner writers Carrie Shipers ("Ghost Traffic" from Zone 3), Joy Castro ("Grip" from Fourth Genre), and Sarah Fawn Montgomery ("Ekphrasis: What My Grandfather Saw" from Fugue) for earning notable status in Best American Essays.

New Book Prize Series Coordinator

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 Series next opens for submissions on January 15, 2012. View submission guidelines here.