“This distinct lived vernacular of New Orleans is poetic. It just is. I used to resent the mythologizing of my hometown, but its history is epic and felt in the present. I see why people want and need it as a totem,” says Kevin Simmonds in James Redd’s interview with the New Orleans poet, editor, and musician. Check out the full interview here.
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed, but what a year! Take a look back at the authors Redd has interviewed who have lived in the Crooked Letter state. His year-in-review post recollects the conversations featured on the Prairie Schooner blog, but, of course, there are others: Michael Farris Smith in the New Orleans Review and Chris Offutt in the Oxford American. Find out exciting about the next year in conversation, too.
Take a look at Redd’s new piece of flash fiction in the literary journal, Fiction Southeast. The story is “Planning a Painting to Remember Home and a Pink Dress,” and it’s inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World.” If you love that painting or Redd’s writing, it’s worth a flash of a look.
Have you read Crooked Letter’s latest interview with poet Richard Lyons, author of Hours of the Cardinal and Fleur Carnivore?
“Our lives can be ruled by irrational beliefs, and that interests me as a fiction writer,” says author Becky Hagenston in conversation with James Madison Redd on the Schooner blog. Read the interview here.