Interview with Kevin Simmonds

“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 musicianKevin Simmonds. Check out the full interview here.


Redd’s Interview with Michael Farris Smith about RIVERS

Redd’s new interview with Michael Farris Smith, author of RIVERS, is now published in the prestigious NEW ORLEANS REVIEW. Check it out here.

Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith

REDD’S Conversation with MS Author OLYMPIA VERNON Coming Soon!

In August, Redd conducted a lengthy interview with author Olympia Vernon. The Prairie Schooner Blog will feature an excerpt from this interview titled, “The Gift of Writing.” Read this mystical discussion to find out what it means to be a gifted writer, and the origins of the gift.

Vernon's Novel EDEN

Vernon’s Novel EDEN

Olympia Vernon is author of three critically-acclaimed novels: Eden, Logic, and A Killing in This Town. Vernon’s Eden won the 2004 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A special winter issue of CALLALOO (March 2012) featured an interview with Olympia Vernon, conducted by Charles Rowell, founder, as well as an excerpt from her fourth novel. Vernon currently lives in Louisiana.

This conversation with Olympia Vernon is the eighth in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by the Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd.  The Crooked Letter Interview Series features contemporary Mississippi authors in literary magazines.

A winner of the Mari Sandoz / Prairie Schooner Prize and finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award, James Madison Redd’s fiction was nominated for Best New American Voices. His fiction, poetry, and reviews have or will appear in Fifth Wednesday, Fiction Southeast, Deep South Magazine, and Briefly Noted.

Redd’s Conversation with novelist & editor Sonny Brewer Coming Soon!

Acclaimed novelist and editor, Sonny Brewer, and Redd met up at the Eudora Welty’s Writer’s Conference, and had a spectacular discussion about today’s book market. Stay tuned for the seventh literary conversation in the Crooked Letter Interview Series featured on the Air Schooner this week!

Novelist & Editor, Sonny Brewer

Novelist & Editor, Sonny Brewer

Sonny Brewer is the founder of Over the Transom Bookstore in Fairhope, Alabama. The former editor-in-chief of MacAdam Cage, he also assembled the recent Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit. Sonny Brewer is the author of the novels, The Poet of Tolstoy Park, A Sound Like Thunder, Cormac – The Tale of a Dog Gone Missing, and The Widow and the Tree.

Air Schooner is the bi-weekly podcast of Prairie Schooner, a quarterly literary journal out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.