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.

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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.

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