Cordite is excited to announce a special collaboration with Nebraska-based literary journal, Prairie Schooner. The collaboration, entitled ‘Work’, is the first in what promises to be an exciting ‘Fusion’ series, wherein Prairie Schooner teams up with innovative journals from around the world. ‘Work’ consists of fifteen poems from each journal’s archives, as well as artworks, audio poems and interviews.
Prairie Schooner editor Kwame Dawes’ introduction expounds some more on the Fusion concept:
Fusion is an opportunity to create dialog across geographical spaces and cultures through the sharing of art and writing. It represents an effort to create bridges between the many silos that separate us, and to do so by asking writers to think about the very things that connect us and distinguish us in different parts of the world.
Cordite editor David Prater reflects upon work in his editorial:
“I got my first paid job while I was still at school, working as a milk delivery boy in the suburb of Wollongong, an industrial city in Australia where I lived with my family in the 1980s …”
Poets from Cordite whose works are featured in the issue include Tom Clark, Lorin Ford, Derek Motion, Brendan Ryan, Adrian Wiggins, Jennifer Compton, Ivy Alvarez, Barbara De Franceschi, Liam Ferney, Peter Coghill, M. F. McAuliffe, Benito Di Fonzo, Esther Johnson, Geoff Page, Emily Stewart and Margaret Owen Ruckert.
Poets from Prairie Schooner include Hedi Kaddour (translated by Marilyn Hacker), R. F. McEwan, Ander Monson, Linda McCarriston, Toi Derricotte, Marvin Bell, Marcella Pixley, Ted Kooser, Moira Lineham, Sandy Solomon, Jenny Factor, John Engman, Gary Fincke, Dannye Romine Powell, John Canaday, James Cihlar, Nance Van Winckel, Floyd Skloot and Roy Scheele.
Special features include audio poems by Sean M. Whelan & the Interim Lovers, Maxine Beneba Clarke, komninos zervos and Benito Di Fonzo; illustrations by Michelle Ussher and Watie White; and interviews with Derek Motion, Jennifer Compton and Nance Van Winckel.
Over the coming week we’ll also be featuring eight more interviews here on the Cordite site. Then, to round out the collaboration, and in honour of Prairie Schooner‘s prairie roots, we’ll be presenting a special Nebraska tribute, curated by Liner Notes star Sean M. Whelan. More on that soon.