Fall 2015 Edition of Prairie Schooner Debuts

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The Fall 2015 edition of Prairie Schooner introduces poetry, prose, essays, and reviews from both new and well-known writers.

Among the featured poets is longtime contributor Floyd Skloot, author of eight poetry collections; his most recent, Approaching Winter, debuts this month. Sandra M. Gilbert has three poems in this issue, which are drawn from a new collection in-progress, tentatively titled “Saturn’s Meal.” Poems by Robert Gibbs, author of the National Poetry Prize Series winner The Origins of Evening, also appear in this edition; Tyree Daye, an MFA student at North Carolina State University, is also featured. Mary Lenoir Bond’s poems play with poetic structure; she holds an MFA from Pacific University.

Fiction writers in this issue include Syrian-American writer and journalist Dima Alzayat, whose work has been published in the Bridport Prize Anthology and Enizagram. Rachel Unkefer, a founding member of Writer’s House community writing center in Charlottesville, VA, examine’s a family’s capacity for secrets in “Charcoal.” Also featured is “Marco Polo” by Exra Olson, a recent graduate of Northwestern University.

Among the notable essays is “Cartography” by Gregory Pardlo, winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection Digest, which was also shortlisted for the NAACP Image Award. His essay maps out his New Jersey youth.

Reviewers include Ryler Dustin, a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraskka, who takes a look at Sean Bishop’s The Night We’re Not Sleeping In; Susan Cohen, whose work has appeared in Greensboro Review, Hunger Mountain, and Los Angeles Review, and here takes a look at Chana Bloch’s Swimming in the Rain; and Eric Severn, who received an MFA from the University of Idaho and reviews here Sam Savage’s short-story collection It Will End with Us.

Cover artist Miranda Brandon, whose Nashville Warbler is as stunning as it is stunned, holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. See more of her work at www.mirandabrandon.com.

Prairie Schooner welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews. Full guidelines are available online here: https://prairieschooner.unl.edu/submit.