Crooked Letter Year in Review

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.


Interview of Derrick Harriell “Music, Religion, and Performance” featured on Prairie Schooner Blog

This interview, featured on the Prairie Schooner Blog, is the first in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by Prairie Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. On August 15th 2012 he met with poet Derrick Harriell, Professor of Creative Writing and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi. The following is a brief excerpt from their meeting in the John D. Williams Library’s Blues Archive, one week after Harriell’s move from Milwaukee to Oxford. They discussed music, religion, and performance, and their relation to poetry.

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Derrick Harriell to be first author featured in Redd’s Crooked Letter Interview Series

In August 2012, Derrick Harriell, blues poet and Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, will be the first author featured in the Crooked Letter Interview Series. Look for updates on Facebook and the Schooner Blog later this month. In the meantime, check out his book of poetry, Cotton, and his website: