Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Birthday to American Radiance by Luisa Muradyan! About the Book: Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, American Radiance, at turns funny, tragic, and haunting, reflects on the author’s experience immigrating as a child to the United States from Ukraine in 1991. What does it mean to be an American? Luisa Muradyan doesn’t try to provide an answer. Instead, the poems in American Radiance look for a home in history, folklore, misery, laughter, language, and Prince’s outstretched hand. Colliding with the grand figures of late ’80s and early ’90s pop culture, … Continue reading Happy Book Birthday to American Radiance!
The following is an excerpt from Native Provenance: The Betrayal of Cultural Creativity by Gerald Vizenor (September 2019). From Chapter 4: Natives of the Progressive Era: Luther Standing Bear and Karl May The Progressive Era of the late nineteenth century and the … Continue reading Excerpt: Native Provenance
Liz Breazeale is a technical communications editor for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Pleiades, Sou’wester, Territory, Arroyo Literary Review, and Fence. Her book Extinction Events: Stories is available now. Thoughts on Death, Extinction, … Continue reading From the Desk of Liz Breazeale: Thoughts on Death, Extinction, and Being the Worst at Parties
Quinn Grover teaches English at Brigham Young University–Idaho. His work has been published in national fly-fishing magazines such as the Flyfish Journal, the Drake, and American Angler as well as literary outlets such as Newfound, Cirque, and Juxtaprose. His new book, Wilderness of Hope: Fly Fishing and Public … Continue reading From the Desk of Quinn Grover: Serious Trivialities
Mark Spitzer is an associate professor of writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including Season of the Gar: Adventures in Pursuit of America’s Most Misunderstood Fish, Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West … Continue reading Where in the Monster-Fish World is Mark Spitzer?
Books The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn Tanella Boni, Translated by Todd Fredson Selected for the Poetry Longlist for the 2019 National Translation Awards Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America Brian F. Haara Review from Bourbon Veach: … Continue reading News and Reviews
The following is an excerpt from 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders by William H. Groner and Tom Teicholz (September 2019). In those first days, the disorganized mass of police, firefighters, emergency response personnel, construction workers, and … Continue reading Excerpt: 9/12
The following is by Hal Elliott Wert, author of George McGovern and the Democratic Insurgents (Nebraska, 2015). Wert is a professor emeritus of history at the Kansas City … Continue reading From the Desk of Hal Elliott Wert: Sticker Time!
Throughout its years of continuous publication Prairie Schooner has consistently maintained a national reputation for literary excellence. Building upon this venerable history, the journal selects one poetry collection and one short story collection from contemporary writers each year for this prize … Continue reading New Prairie Schooner Prize-winning Collections
In Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents (September, 2019), editor Lise Funderburg gathers twenty-five outstanding writers to deftly explore a trait they’ve inherited from a parent, reflecting on how it affects the lives they lead today. In a starred-review, Publishers Weekly called … Continue reading Writers Talking about Their Parents on Tour