Redd Named Blog Editor at Prairie Schooner

James Redd is the new editor for the blog at the literary magazine, the Prairie Schooner. Prairie Schooner is an internationally recognized literary magazine publishing stories, essays, and reviews since 1926. It is published in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Press and the Creative Writing Program of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln English Department and is endowed by the Glenna Luschei Endowed Editorship and Fund for Excellence at Prairie Schooner.

Redd’s Crooked Letter Interview Series began running on the blog in August 2012 and has featured acclaimed Mississippi authors such as Richard Ford and T.R. Hummer. Redd, the former Prairie Schooner Publicity Associate, will temporarily be taking over the blog’s reins. In addition to Redd’s Crooked Letter Series, the blog’s impressive list of blog series includes Nabina Das’ features on Indian writers, Ryan Van Winkle’s World Wide Poetry Studio, Richard Graham on comics, Natalie Diaz’s feature on Sports and Writing, as well as the concise monthly book review series: Prairie Schooner: Briefly Noted. Redd’s presence as editor will further advance the blog’s terrific contributions to literature.redd pic - Copy

James Madison Redd’s collection of stories, Taking the Cure, was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award and one story was nominated for inclusion in Best New American Voices 2009. He is a winner of the Mari Sandoz / Prairie Schooner award. His fiction, poetry, and scholarship have or will appear in Fifth Wednesday, Fiction Southeast, Deep South Magazine, Penwood Review, Parting Gifts, Subliminal Interiors, Poetry for the Masses, Prairie Schooner: Briefly Noted, and other literary journals. Currently, he is an editorial assistant for Prairie Schooner and is continuing his doctoral studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His next project is a biography of the blues legend and civil rights activist, Willie King.

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I Just Write What I Want to Read: Redd’s Interview with Kardos on Schooner Blog

Ever worried whether what you wrote was literary or genre? Novelist Michael Kardos discusses this issue in more detail with James Madison Redd. The excerpted interview titled “I Just Write What I Want to Read” currently appears on the Prairie Schooner’s Blog. Follow this link to reach the interview: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=blog/i-just-write-what-i-want-read

Michael Kardos, the critically-acclaimed author of the novel The Three-Day Affair and the award-winning story collection One Last Good Time, is the second author featured in the Crooked Letter Interview Series created by the Prairie Schooner‘s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd.

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Mike Kardos to be Second Author Featured in Redd’s Crooked Letter Interview Series

In September 2012, Michael Kardos, the critically-acclaimed author of the novel The Three-Day Affair and the award-winning story collection One Last Good Time,  will be the second author featured in the Crooked Letter Interview Series created by the Prairie Schooner‘s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. The excerpted interview will appear in the Prairie Schooner’s Blog. See the first interview of the series with poet Derrick Harriell here.

Praise for Three-Day Affair:

“I dare you to pick up The Three-Day Affair and read a page or two and then put it down. It can’t be done. With a combination of dread and glee I tore through this book and was sorry when it was over.”
     –Tom Franklin, Edgar Award-winner and author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

LATEST NEWS:
Kirkus Reviews names The Three-Day Affair one of its Top 25 books of September.
Publishers Weekly names The Three-Day Affair one of the best books of the fall.
Kirkus Reviews gives The Three-Day Affair a Starred Review.

Kardos’s short stories have appeared in The Southern ReviewCrazyhorsePrairie SchoonerBlackbirdPleiadesPRISM international, and many other magazines and anthologies, and were cited as notable stories in the 2009, 2010, and 2012 editions of Best American Short Stories. Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an assistant professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Look for updates on Facebook and the Schooner Blog later this month. In the meantime, check out his new thriller, The Three-Day Affair and his website: http://michaelkardos.com

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.

Follow this link to see it posted: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=blog%2Fmusic-religion-and-performance

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: http://derrickharriell.com/

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Redd to head Crooked Letter Interview Series on Prairie Schooner Blog

James Madison Redd, a Mississippi author and UNL Ph.D. student, has created the Crooked Letter Interview Series, a monthly series featuring contemporary Mississippi authors. Beginning in August 2012, The internationally-recognized literary magazine, Prairie Schooner, will publish the series on its blog.

As James Redd, Prairie Schooner‘s Publicity Associate, returns to his home state of Mississippi, he seeks to find his literary heritage in the haunting landscape which has produced a Nobel Prize winner and numerous Pulitzer Prize winning authors. Through interviews with contemporary Mississippi authors, the series will focus on the plight of the author and their characters in Southern society, who often face exodus or exile, while exploring how these writers cope with their literary legacies.

In addition to winning a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Prize for the short story, James Redd’s fiction appears in the Winter 2011 issue of Fifth Wednesday and was nominated for Best New American Voices.