More information can be found on our website. From Georgia, Sofala is a first-year Ph. The annual Prairie Schooner Book Prize, which next opens for submissions on January 15, , is in very good hands. Please help us in welcoming Hali Sofala to the Prairie Schooner team! Interview with Kara Candito, by Marianne Kunkel.
What drew you to elaborating on boyhood and what about this task, if anything, was challenging? Entering into the mindset of a fourteen-year-old boy was a way of convening with my female self at that age through a different lens.
This poem was actually a pure pleasure to write, because as I was writing it, all of the elements that matter to me as a writer—invention, memory, and imagination—seemed to coalesce on the page. Striking imagery shows up in much of your poetry; how do you go about constructing an image, and does imagery serve the same purpose in each poem? Each object in a painting like Homesickness is concrete and recognizable, and yet the associations between the objects—a man with wings on the back of his tuxedo jacket , a bridge, and a lion—are simultaneously ambiguous and deeply emotional.
They evoke the experience of homesickness without describing it. When I craft an image, I try to get at the irreducible, irrational dream-logic that governs any intense experience, as a way of circumventing explanation and offering the reader a less mediated version of a private reality with which he or she might identify. Your poems bring such life to language through their arrangement on the page, how do you perform them in a way that does justice to their appearance in print?
Once, when I was particularly nervous about reading my work, my friend Anna Journey gave me some great advice: think of yourself as a devotee to the poems, and read each one the way it sounded when it appeared in your head, or as a draft on your computer screen. You just completed your Ph. Many creative writers might enjoy traveling to such a sunny, tropical climate to write.
What about you—what is your ideal writing space? What does your current writing space look like? I just moved to Wisconsin to begin a professorship, so my new writing space is still under construction. I really like to work on a big, flat desk, surrounded by a kitschy pastiche of familiar objects. I have this David Bowie poster that absolutely must hang somewhere in my writing space. In fact, I think of Bowie as my ideal self, if I were a musician. I also find the shower inspiring. The Book Prize Competition is still ticking along. We're close to having a list of finalists, which makes us both excited and a bit sad.
We receive so many wonderful books that we hate to be compelled to choose only one. Yet this is the situation we've put ourselves in, so we read on. We've said it before, I know, and we will continue to say it: Thank you to everyone who sent us their work. As writers who also enter contests, we're well aware of all the emotional and intellectual work that goes into the process. The rest of your family and friends might not understand how complexly you feel about contests, but we do. And we thank you for selecting your best work and sending it, winged with hope, to us.
Our new book prize coordinator, Cody Lumpkin, wanted to draw your attention to this year's prize. And he added this:. Yes, it's a pop song. It's late in the day, we're gearing up for the new semester, and I'm feeling a bit drained of mental energy. I'd turn to the book that's on my desk, but Anne Finger 's Call Me Aha b last year's winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction , but the book requires a bit more attention than I can give it. I'm not surprised that it's a very good book, but I'm surprised at how many directions it moves--and Finger brings such authority to the writing that I'm willing to follow her.
Project MUSE - Chicken, and: Hep C, and: Adonis Garage (), and: 2D
And this brings me to reading, generally. Or, instead, in the specific instance of editorial reading. First, I'm delighted to read Finger's book because I don't--can't!
So I discover the excellent choices our judges make well after the fact. Second, I'm going to echo something Hilda Raz notes at her speaking engagements: I only read as an editor early in the day. Before I've begun answering phones, responding to emails, and fretting over the daily slings and arrows of the lit journal business.
My question to you and I know you're out there, even if you don't speak back to me is this: when do you read?
Do you have different times of day for different reading tasks, different engagements with the delights of words? The circumstances of her death are still not clear. She leaves behind a family, though I don't know much about them, even as I've been thinking a lot about who they might be and what they might be going through.
I have had her book, Adonis Garage , here on the desk in front of me for most of this week. It's full of life, desire, of New York, of looking back that's neither nostalgia nor regret but not quite celebration either of a time of glam and costume that rarely gets revisted, at least in verse.
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And I want to post a piece that Rynn published in Prairie Schooner and read when she visited us a couple of years ago:. Intricate ribs, dense gray thighbones, the way dark tendons fell away--who cares if the diet was useless? I was fourteen, I'd just lost my innocence. Giddy from grease, protein and hormones, the heat of the city playground in August and the thrill of Miss Trevor's frank disdain,. I was tossing gristle on a pile, licking my fingertips, nothing but chicken and boys to devour: Robert and Frankie, Skip and McVey-- seeing the world through a haze of roast meat-- all those boys, all that warm flesh, sinew and fat, juice on my lips, those piles of shiny bones.
There are two other PSAs I'll be happy to post as well. And I'm here to remind you that our prize-winning books from last year are available from UNP. Note that one of the books is a book of short fiction. The Press will be happy to make sure you have a copy for your short, too short, summer. We've sent notification letters out to all our contestants, so they should have the news already. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.
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