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.
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.