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December 2011

P(rivate)S(paces) w/ Micheal O'Siadhail

in which Prairie Schooner contributors give us a glimpse into their writing spaces and sensibilities.
Micheal O'Siadhail

Micheal O’Siadhail's thirteen collections of poetry include Tongues, Globe, Love Life, The Gossamer Wall: Poems in Witness to the Holocaust, and Poems 1975-1995. He has been awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute Prize and a Toonder Prize, and he was shortlisted for the Wingate Jewish Quarterly Prize. He has been a lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin, and a professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. His poem "Conversation with Goethe" appears in our current issue.

Name three things of particular significance on your writing desk at the moment.

I have on my desk a book which traces the origin of Japanese characters and how pictographs combine in various ways to form complex ideographs. These signs fascinate me and in my latest book Tongues I devoted a whole section to meditating on them.

An Interview with Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Nuala Ní Chonchúir, as interviewed by Theodore Wheeler.
Nuala Ni Chonchuir

Born in Dublin in 1970, Nuala Ní Chonchúir lives in Galway county. Her début novel You (New Island, 2010) was called ‘a heart-warmer’ by The Irish Times and ‘a gem’ by The Irish Examiner. Her third short story collection Nude (Salt, 2009)) was shortlisted for the UK’s Edge Hill Prize. Her second short story collection To The World of Men, Welcome has just been re-issued by Arlen House in an expanded paperback edition.

It's Here! The Ireland Issue is Out!

It's Here! The Ireland Issue is Out!

The printed issue has arrived in the Prairie Schooner office this week and should be out to subscribers, if not now then soon. (If you'd like to subscribe, the Ireland issue could be yours soon too!) The issue is an exciting one for us. Stephen C. Behrendt (Interim Senior Editor) explains it well in his introductory note.

P(rivate)S(paces) w/ Mary O'Donnell

in which Prairie Schooner contributors give us a glimpse into their writing spaces and sensibilities.
P(rivate)S(paces) w/ Mary O'Donnell

Mary O’Donnell has published six collections of poetry, most recently The Ark Builders (Arc Publications). She has also written three novels and two short-story collections, has won prizes in the V.S. Pritchett Competition and was the overall winner of the 2010 Fish International Short Story Competition. She is guest poet in the National University of Ireland-Maynooth in the creative writing program. Her poems "Sea Life in St. Mark's Square" and "Baby Boy, Quaryat al Beri" appear in the forthcoming Winter 2011 issue of Prairie Schooner, aka the Ireland Issue. (Subscribers should see the issue in their mailboxes soon!)

Name three things on your writing desk at the moment.

From the Archives: "How Like a Winter" by Kelli Russell Agodon

This poem, by Kelli Russell Agodon, appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of Prairie Schooner.
"How Like a Winter" by Kelli Russell Agodon

How Like a Winter

She spent the days of December reading
Shakespeare's sonnets. Sleepy icicles dripped

from her eyelashes, but she kept reading.
Her family decorated the tree

while she sat in the leather chair reading,
opening Vendler's book when ideas failed.

She wore a discolored sweatshirt that read
Shakespeare's Muse, carried a Mont Blanc pen

behind her ear. You could see her reading
in midnight mass near the back of the church.

While the believers knelt and prayed, she read
and worried about forgetting to shop.

The city was Christmas ghosts, lights of red.
She was buried in the snow of sonnets.

(You can learn more about the work of Kelli Russell Agodon at her web site.)

Cover Preview: The Ireland Issue

The Ireland Issue

Our Winter 2011 issue will be shipping in the next few weeks. The issue is a particularly strong one and we're eager to share it with everyone. Here is a preview of its beautiful cover art.

The Blog and Social Networking Editor

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.