Redd Interviews Poet Richard Lyons

RL head in handHave you read Crooked Letter’s latest interview with poet Richard Lyons, author of Hours of the Cardinal and Fleur Carnivore?

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Redd’s Interview with Poet Beth Ann Fennelly

“I’ve always been jealous of what musicians have when they play together on stage because writers don’t get that…We had that a little bit with writing this novel.” Beth Ann Fennelly in Crooked Letter Review Series conversation about her and Tom Franklin‘s forthcoming novel, A TILTED WORLD. See the full conversation on the PRAIRIE SCHOONER blog here!

Dueling Writers & Honing the Creative Impulse: A Conversation with Beth Ann Fennelly

This conversation with Beth Ann Fennelly is the ninth in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by the Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd.  The following is a brief excerpt from their recent conversation at the University of Mississippi, familiarly known as Ole Miss.

Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss, where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year. Her work has three times been included in THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY series. Fennelly has published three full-length poetry books, including OPEN HOUSE, TENDER HOOKS, and UNMENTIONABLES, all published by W. W. Norton. She has also published a book of nonfiction, GREAT WITH CHILD. She and her husband, the L.A. Times Book award winner Tom Franklin, co-wrote the novel, TILTED WORLD, forthcoming in October 2013.

Author Beth Ann Fennelly

Author Beth Ann Fennelly

Redd’s Review of Richard Lyons’ HOURS OF THE CARDINAL

James Madison Redd, in his first effort as editor of the monthly review series, PRAIRIE SCHOONER: BRIEFLY NOTED, reviews a significant book under the radar: Mississippi poet Richard Lyons’ HOURS OF THE CARDINAL.

See why you should read this timeless book at the PRAIRIE SCHOONER’S blog.

Hours of the Cardinal by Richard Lyons

Hours of the Cardinal by Richard Lyons

THE GIFT OF WRITING, A Conversation with OLYMPIA VERNON on air now!

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.

Author Olympia Vernon

Author Olympia Vernon

Redd: Often you write in the context of dramatic experiences in your life, such as when you wrote a novel in twenty-six hours after almost losing your life in a storm. What is the writing process like for you? From another viewpoint, you’ve said that before you write, “I will sometimes make a call to family/friends letting them know that I’m going in.” Has your dedication to writing affected those close to you?

Read more on the Prairie Schooner Blog here: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=blog/olympia-vernon-gift-writing

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.