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April 2012

A Couple Questions for Stephen Ajay

Claire Harlan-Orsi interviews the PS Spring 2012 Contributor

Stephen Ajay has published two books of poetry: ABRACADABRA and The Whales Are Burning from New Rivers Press. His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, The Progressive, ZYZZYVA, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, Michigan Quarterly Review and the Christian Science Monitor. He has been a writer in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Djerassi Foundation and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at the California College of the Arts.


"Having Come This Way Before" gives me a powerful sense of the pathos of transitional moments. What inspired this poem?

Congratulations to Richard Graham!

Congratulations are in order for PS guest blogger Richard Graham, whose book Government Issue: Comics for the People: 1940s-2000s has been nominated for an Eisner Award, otherwise known as the "Oscars of the Comics Industry"!

Richard is up against some illustrious competition, including Will Eisner himself! The results in all categories will be announced on July 13 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. You can see the full list of nominees here.

Hear Elizabeth Trundle's "Sift"

Listen to this excellent audio recording of an excerpt of Elizabeth Trundle's story "Sift" from the current issue.

Megan Persichetti reads; Jim Coleman engineered the recording.

Elizabeth Trundle has degrees from Brown University and Hollins College. As Boo Trundle, she performed and recorded original music, which was released through an imprint of Caroline Records. She has also written for textbooks in the subjects of math and literature. She gathers her thoughts online at www.itchybanquet.com.

P(rivate)S(paces) w/ Eric Weinstein

in which Prairie Schooner contributors give us a glimpse into their writing spaces and sensibilities.
Eric Weinstein

Eric Weinstein’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Best New Poets 2009 anthology, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, and others. He was named a finalist for both the Poetry Foundation’s 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the 2011 National Poetry Series. He lives in New York City.

What Madame Bovary Taught Me About Reading

I think I may be the only person in the world who didn’t know how Madame Bovary ends. Like Anna Karenina’s train suicide or The Awakening's closing drowning, Emma Bovary’s death by arsenic remains one of the great cultural referents for end-of-novel suicides. To everyone else, at least. Assigned the novel in a nineteenth-century history class this semester, I dutifully skipped the plot-spoiler introduction, remaining blissfully unaware of Emma’s iconic end as the book unfolded. Until AWP, that is. I have no objections to the panel, which was on the state of the contemporary novel, nor do I remember the exact context of the remark. It was an aside; the panel itself had nothing to do with Flaubert’s famously obsessive work.