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The Karen Brown Interview

(Interviewed by Theodore Wheeler.)
Karen Brown

Karen Brown received the 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for her book Little Sinners and Other Stories, which is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press. Her first collection of short stories, Pins and Needles, received AWP’s Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction and, in 2007, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press. Her work has appeared twice in the PEN/O.

The Publicity Associate: Trey Moody

Prairie Schooner is pleased to announce its new Publicity Associate, Trey Moody!

Moody, a San Antonio native and third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earned a B.A. and M.F.A. from Texas State University-San Marcos, where he taught and served as Poetry Editor of Front Porch. The author of the chapbooks Climate Reply (New Michigan Press) and Once Was a Weather (Greying Ghost Press), Moody’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Washington Square, and elsewhere. With Jeff Alessandrelli, he co-curates The Clean Part Reading Series in Lincoln.

As Publicity Associate, Moody will work with relevant media outlets to promote Prairie Schooner’s public events and web initiatives, ensuring that the journal’s cultural presence is felt locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

O'Donnell on Poetry Daily

Prairie Schooner Winter 2011

We're a little late announcing it here, but Mary O'Donnell's poem "Sea Life in St. Mark's Square" was just yesterday the featured poem on Poetry Daily. You can still find the piece, which is from our current issue, of course, at this link.

It is a great poem from a deserving poet, and one we're proud to have it recognized like this.

Doha Tribeca Film Festival

DOHA mosque near festival cinema

[Dear Readers, this is the first installment of an ongoing series written for the blog by Peter Rorvik. Further dispatches will soon include the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam and the Dubai International Film Festival. Peter is the Director of the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Director of the Durban International Film Festival.]

Dispatch 1: Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Oct 25-29, 2011)

by Peter Rorvik

From the Archives: "Swan's Home" by Mitch Wieland

"Swan's Home" originally appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of Prairie Schooner.
"Swan's Home" by Mitch Wieland

Swan's Home
For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. -Psalm 88

The call comes at high noon, with the sun bright on the rocks and sage, not in the dark midnight hours like Ferrell Swan always expected. On her cell from his old Ohio home, his ex-wife Rilla asks if he's sitting down.

"You bet," Ferrell says, standing at the porch rail. He looks across the high desert country, knowing the news is about Levon, Rilla's child from her first marriage. Ferrell helped raise the boy preschool to high school, the most strife and turmoil ever seen. Though Levon's now thirty-one, not a whole lot has changed.

"What this time?" he says when she doesn't volunteer the words.

"He crashed his car."


P(rivate)S(paces) w/ Micheal O'Siadhail

in which Prairie Schooner contributors give us a glimpse into their writing spaces and sensibilities.
Micheal O'Siadhail

Micheal O’Siadhail's thirteen collections of poetry include Tongues, Globe, Love Life, The Gossamer Wall: Poems in Witness to the Holocaust, and Poems 1975-1995. He has been awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute Prize and a Toonder Prize, and he was shortlisted for the Wingate Jewish Quarterly Prize. He has been a lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin, and a professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. His poem "Conversation with Goethe" appears in our current issue.

Name three things of particular significance on your writing desk at the moment.

I have on my desk a book which traces the origin of Japanese characters and how pictographs combine in various ways to form complex ideographs. These signs fascinate me and in my latest book Tongues I devoted a whole section to meditating on them.

An Interview with Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Nuala Ní Chonchúir, as interviewed by Theodore Wheeler.
Nuala Ni Chonchuir

Born in Dublin in 1970, Nuala Ní Chonchúir lives in Galway county. Her début novel You (New Island, 2010) was called ‘a heart-warmer’ by The Irish Times and ‘a gem’ by The Irish Examiner. Her third short story collection Nude (Salt, 2009)) was shortlisted for the UK’s Edge Hill Prize. Her second short story collection To The World of Men, Welcome has just been re-issued by Arlen House in an expanded paperback edition.

It's Here! The Ireland Issue is Out!

It's Here! The Ireland Issue is Out!

The printed issue has arrived in the Prairie Schooner office this week and should be out to subscribers, if not now then soon. (If you'd like to subscribe, the Ireland issue could be yours soon too!) The issue is an exciting one for us. Stephen C. Behrendt (Interim Senior Editor) explains it well in his introductory note.

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.)


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