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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.

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.

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 New Book Prize Coordinator

Hali Sofala

Prairie Schooner is excited to announce its new Book Prize Coordinator, Hali Sofala!

From Georgia, Sofala is a first-year Ph.D. student in poetry, with a specialization in women’s and ethnic studies, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and she holds an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sofala has most recently taught at Augusta State University, where she also worked as the Textbook Manager for the University’s campus bookstore, and her poems have been published in journals such as Anderbo, Inner Weather, The Literary Bohemian, and The Peacock’s Feet.

The annual Prairie Schooner Book Prize, which next opens for submissions on January 15, 2012, is in very good hands. Please help us in welcoming Hali Sofala to the Prairie Schooner team!

Removing the Interim Tag

Marianne Kunkel

Now in its 85th year of publication, Prairie Schooner is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Managing Editor, Marianne Kunkel!

Holding an M.F.A. from the University of Florida and currently a third-year Ph.D. student in poetry, with a specialization in women’s and gender studies, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kunkel takes over as Managing Editor after her recent six-month stint as interim Managing Editor of Prairie Schooner.

A native of Alabama, Kunkel brings to the position of Managing Editor four years of publishing and editing experience working at the University Press of Florida, Naylor Publications, and the University of Nebraska Press. Also a talented poet, Kunkel has published poems in Columbia Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, and River Styx, and her chapbook, The Laughing Game, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.


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