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.
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.