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April 2013

Nabina Das chats with Naren Bedide, writer, translator, and commentator in Telugu Dalit Literature

"I am the soldier; I am the battlefield." Part 3: Final Section
Dalit poet K. G. Satyamurthy ( who wrote under the pseudonym 'Sivasagar').
Nabina Das interviews Naren Bedide who has been translating Telugu Dalit poetry for some time for a Dalit literary platform. This literary drive is gaining momentum as more and more of this body of poetry is becoming available, ably challenging mainstream poetics. The PS blog featured Part 1 and Part 2 of the Q&A earlier. We round up the conversation with Part 3.

Creative Nonfiction Contest 2013: 4 Days Until Submissions Open!

"Fred Astaire's Hands" by Judith Kitchen
Author Judith Kitchen
For the past two weeks, we have posted essays published in previous issues, and will continue to do so until the contest deadline, May 2. Last week, we posted “Jicama, without Expectations,” by Maxine Kumin. This week, the essay is Judith Kitchen’s “Fred Astaire’s Hands,” published in the Fall 1997 issue, in which Kitchen chronicles a road trip intertwined with thoughts on mortality and sense of self.

Briefly Noted - April 2013

A monthly book review in brief from the staff of the Prairie Schooner and associates.
Earth Again by Dombrowski

A monthly book review in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates.
Vol. 2 Issue 2. April 2013.
The Golden Road by Rachel Hadas | Reviewed by Caitie Leibman
The Hours of The Cardinal by Richard Lyons | Reviewed by James Madison Redd
Earth Again by Chris Dombrowski | Reviewed by James Crews

Creative Nonfiction Contest 2013: A New Week, a New Post!

Jicama, without Expectation: an Essay by Maxine Kumin
Photo of Maxine Kumin

Just a reminder that May 2 marks the opening of the submission period for Prairie Schooner’s Creative Nonfiction Contest! Last week, we posted Alberto Alvaro Ríos’ essay, “Translating the Translation: Finding the Beginning.” This week, we are posting “Jicama, without Expectation” by Maxine Kumin, published in the Spring 1994 issue, in which Kumin explores the significance of cultivating a garden.

Happy Birthday, Book Prize Series

Karen Brown Reading

Happy Birthday, Book Prize Series

By Dillon Jones, Prairie Schooner intern

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Prairie Schooner’s Book Prize Series. To celebrate, friends of the journal gathered last Thursday to honor its founders, former PS Editor-in-Chief Hilda Raz and longtime PS supporter Peggy Shumaker. Current Editor-in-Chief Kwame Dawes opened with remarks about the difference between blockers and facilitators, noting the importance of the latter. He described facilitators as people who, in response to an obstacle, say, “That sounds difficult. How can we make it happen?” Hilda Raz and Peggy Shumaker belong in this group.

Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2013: Let the Countdown Begin!

Translating Translations: an essay by Alberto Alvaroz Rios
Picture of Rios
Translating Translations: an essay by Alberto Alvaroz Rios

Mary Ruefle: Recognising the Knock

World Wide Poetry Studio with Ryan Van Winkle
Picture of Mary Ruefle

I met Mary Ruefle in her home in Vermont. Over cigarettes and coffee and among a plethora of brilliant ephemera (a tiny deck of playing cards, vintage Christmas decorations) we had an amazing conversation about her life and her body of work as a poet and an artist. One thing which remained with me long after our interview, was Mary's dedication to play. In her own words:

Prairie Schooner Welcomes Interim Blog Editor, James Redd

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Prairie Schooner Welcomes Interim Blog Editor, James Redd

We’re pleased to announce that James Redd has been appointed the interim Blog Editor for Prairie Schooner. Redd's Crooked Letter Interview Series began running on the blog in August 2012 and has featured acclaimed Mississippi authors such as Richard Ford and T.R. Hummer. Redd, the former Prairie Schooner Publicity Associate, will temporarily be taking over the blog’s reins.

Excitement and Relief at “Global Ireland” Reading

Cory Kruse, Prairie Schooner intern, reviews the extraordinary appreciation and appreciation of the extraordinary of all things Ireland during Prairie Schooner's "Global Ireland" poetry reading on March 28th at UNL's Great Plains Art Museum.