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August 2012

Music, Religion, and Performance

An Interview with Poet Derrick Harriell

This interview is the first in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by Prairie Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. On August 15th 2012 he met with poet Derrick Harriell, Professor of Creative Writing and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi. The following is a brief excerpt from their meeting in the John D. Williams Library’s Blues Archive, one week after Harriell’s move from Milwaukee to Oxford.

PS at AWP!

Accepted 2013 Panels

2013 will be a busy year for Prairie Schooner at the annual Association of Writing Programs conference, held this coming year in Boston. The following panels featuring Prairie Schooner staff were recently accepted.

Looking Out: American Journals on the World Stage
Featuring Glenna Luschei, Kwame Dawes, John Freeman, Daniel Simon and Donovan Webster

Language at the Breaking Point (Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts)
Featuring Kwame Dawes, Jorie Graham and Terrance Hayes

Baring/Bearing Race in the Creative Writing Classroom
Featuring Suzara Aimee, Kwame Dawes, Debra Busman, Diana Garcia and Craig Santos Perez

The E-Reading Age

Dispatches from PS Blog Editor Claire Harlan Orsi

By now it’s old news: Prairie Schooner is on Kindle! Don’t worry: our 86 year old print magazine isn’t going anywhere. But as Ted Wheeler (PS’s Web Editor and the man who made the transition to Kindle possible) says, the e-reader format of the magazine will “offer long-time readers of the journal a new way to enjoy PS, and expand our audience to include literary readers with devices whose normal stable of journals might not be available as an e-book.”

Fall Issue Cover!

Check out the gorgeous cover art from New Jersey based artist Kati Vilim. Using techniques ranging from oil painting, printing and drawing to electric light installation and digital animation, Vilim's work investigates visual culture as abstract system, creating new content based on the combination of algorithm, color theory, and structures composed of ratio and rhythm. Learn more at www.kativilim.com.

Stay tuned for the Fall Issue's debut, coming soon!

Quilting Comics

This is the seventh installment of an ongoing series written for the blog by Richard Graham. Richard is an associate professor and media services librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studies the educational use of comics and serves as the film and art history liaison. His posts examine UNL’s, Nebraska’s, and the larger literary world’s connections with the comics medium.

Recently, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at the Ohio State University asked for help identifying a myriad of comic book and strip characters that were embroidered onto a donated textile. Though it might be strange to think that such a thing exists, would it blow your mind that many comics scholars consider some textiles as comics themselves, regardless if a talking animal appears on it?

"Nonfiction is the new philosophy"

An Interview with Steven Church

The deadline for our first annual Creative Nonfiction Contest is fast approaching! We've already received many excellent submissions--get yours in by August 31!

Briefly Noted

A monthly book review in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner.
On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths

Volume 1, Issue 3. August 2012.
Dawes on Amina Gautier’s At Risk
Harlan-Orsi on William Maxwell’s Time Will Darken It
Redd on Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind
Crews on Lucia Perillo’s On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths
Diouf on Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature


The new FUSION is here! It's a multimedia collaboration between Batswana poets and artists and Prairie Schooner that features new poems as well as selections from the magazine's archive curated by Managing Editor Marianne Kunkel and Batswana poet TJ Dema.

The poetry and art are focused on the theme of "Womb." As Kunkel writes, this project takes as its subject a controversial part of the female body, at a political moment when the conversation about female embodiment is less a conversation and more an "oppressive cultural silence."

Of Text and Its Temerity

Nabina Das on The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (by Indians)

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts by guest contributor Nabina Das, who writes about Indian books and authors.

"Roll roti! roll roti! roll roti! roll roti!"
— David Dabydeen, ‘For Ma’

The Literature of "Skyrim"

This is the sixth in a series of guest posts by Hali Sofala and Eric Jones on the connections between gaming (video and otherwise) and the literary.

I watched as Kazandria, my Kajiit warrior, labored up the winding path to Whiterun’s Cloud District in the aftermath of the war. She had lived in the central city of Whiterun, a mecca of trade and industry in the medievalist supernatural world of Tamriel, for nearly three months since Skyrim made its debut in November of 2011. She had “made friends” with her female blacksmith neighbor who had become Kazandria’s primary resource for weapons and armor trade. Now Kazandria was responsible for setting the woman’s house on fire along with almost everyone else’s in her cherished town. I laughed uncomfortably to my fiancée and co-author, Eric, knowing how silly it was to feel so terrible.