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March 2015

Alberta Clipper 3/17/15: "Dream: Catching the Air" by Carolyn Kreiter-Kurylo

On March 17, 1988—a fairly warm day for Lincoln, NE reaching a high of 43 degrees—Carolyn Kreiter-Kurylo published her first poem in the Prairie Schooner Spring issue titled “Dream: Catching the Air.” In a poem of memories revived while dreaming, Kreiter-Kurylo fondly recalls how “Always before bed, / you read Light In August/ or Les Miserables.

It was on this same day over in Europe that the world-renowned Les Miserables premiered its first full West End/ Broadway production at the Det Norske Teatret in Oslo, Norway. A production based on the novel written by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, the play focuses on several characters’ lives, including Jean Valijean, a man working for redemption.

What a stirring, haunting bed-time story!—Alexandria Douglas

Carolyn Kreiter-Kurylo
Dream: Catching the Air


Contributor Spotlight on Cortney Davis

by Dan Froid

This year’s Book Prize closed at midnight yesterday. Did you submit your manuscript? In this week’s Contributor Spotlight, we take a look at another of our past winners.

What does Cortney Davis have in common with Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, Mary Renault, and Theresa Brown? All of these writers have, like Davis, also worked as nurses. Davis is a nurse-practitioner and the winner, in 2003, of the inaugural Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for her collection Leopold’s Maneuvers.

Listen to This, Listen to That: Found in Translation

by Dan Froid

This week, I'm thinking about translation. Translation is conversion—and not just from one language to another. I’ve been reading about the word’s usage in other disciplines: how it’s been translated. I did not know, for example, that when a holy relic is moved to a different site that process is called translation. Nor did I know, or at least I forgot what I learned in high-school math, that in geometry a translation is the shifting of all points of a figure in the same direction. That’s a useful image. So translation is a wholesale shift: mark all the points of a figure and push them onward, elsewhere: map them onto someplace new.

Lost Writer Wednesday

LaSelle Gilman
LaSelle Gilman

by Dani Kerr

This is the first installment of Lost Writer Wednesdays blog series, an eight-week series and companion to NETNebraska’s Lost Writers of the Plains radio programming. Each week, we’ll spotlight long-forgotten writers once published in the early days of Prairie Schooner. For the full multi-media experience, download the iBook in the iTunes store.

Briefly Noted - March 11, 2015

Quick-to-Read Reviews

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates.

Vol. 4 Issue 1. March 11, 2015. Ed. Paul Clark.

Unaccompanied Minors by Alden Jones | Reviewed by David Weinstein Beastings by Benjamin Myers | Reviewed by Armel Dagorn Harm by Hillary Gravendyk | Reviewed by Maureen Alsop

Women and the Global Imagination: Balancing a Book on My Head

by Karen Ackland

This post is part of an ongoing series of blog posts on the theme of Women and the Global Imagination. In our Winter 2014 issue Alicia Ostriker curated a poetry portfolio on this theme, and we were so struck by its contents that we wanted to keep the dialog surronding this theme going on our blog. Here, Karen Ackland's essay details her own changing understanding of the role of poise in defining womanhood. We hope you enjoy reading.

So You Wanna Win a Book Prize? with Jennifer Perrine

by Ian Rogers

In the run-up to the Prairie Schooner Book Prize deadline, we’re featuring interviews with past winners. Don’t forget that the prize closes in seven days (March 15—submit now!). Jennifer Perrine won the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for her poetry collection, No Confession, No Mass.  The two of us spoke about flat female characters, The Scarlet Letter, and the value of slowing down.

PRAIRIE SCHOONER: No Confession, No Mass will be your third collection.  Are there any themes or ideas that keep coming back in your work?

Listen to This, Listen to That: Comic Tension

by Dan Froid

This week, I’m changing tack. Let’s go easy on the seventies folkies and bizarre ballads to which this column is prone. Instead, we’re gonna talk about “horsing around as poetry.” That’s how Stacey Waite describes Aaron Belz in Episode 12 of Air Schooner, “Comic Tension.” In this episode, Aaron Belz gets free reign both to read his poems and to talk seriously about crafting comedy.

Brave New Reading List: The Ice People

by Brita Thielen
The Ice People cover

“I, Saul, Teller of Tales, Keeper of Doves, Slayer of Wolves, shall tell the story of my times.”

If you’ve ever wondered what if might be like to live during an ice age, The Ice People by Maggie Gee (1998; Richard Cohen Books) should probably be the next book you pick up. I had never heard of the novel prior to this semester – nor of Maggie Gee, for that matter (though she’s written twelve books), but it will be hard to forget.

Alberta Clipper 3/3/15: "Florida" by Nicole Cuddeback

Florida State Map 1845

The winter of 1998 is said to have been one of the worst winters in Nebraska. For example, on this day that year—as Prairie Schooner launched our Spring Issue—it was a balmy 29 degrees in the Nebraskan capitol, and it was snowing. It goes without saying that residents in Lincoln were wistfully thinking about heading south during those cold times. Somewhere nice and warm. A state like Florida. In fact, Florida became a state on this day in 1845. Though some at the time believed that Florida should be split into two different states, West Florida and East Florida, the territory was admitted to the United States as a single state.  Congress and President Tyler agreed to welcome Florida and its wonderful weather as the twenty-seventh state of the Union on March 3, 1845.