Following fresh online efforts such as the launch of the podcast series Air Schooner and of the cross-cultural e-zine FUSION, the University of Nebraska’s internationally- recognized literary journal, Prairie Schooner, will continue its innovative trend by making its print issues available on Kindle starting with its Summer 2012 issue, which mails out mid-June.
This transition to Kindle puts Prairie Schooner in company with top literary magazines, such as the Atlantic and The New Yorker, that are available in an electronic format. A current issue of Prairie Schooner on Kindle will cost $6.99. (A current print issue costs $9.)
Under the direction of Editor-in-Chief Kwame Dawes, a recently-appointed Guggenheim Fellow, the spectacular Summer 2012 issue features some of the biggest names in contemporary literature, including poetry by Sharon Olds, John Kinsella, Robert Gibb, and Maxine Kumin, as well as fiction from Nancy Welch and the late Gerry Shapiro.
Marianne Kunkel, the managing editor of the journal, says, “Debuting Prairie Schooner on Kindle does not signal a move away from offering our journal in hard copy; instead, we see the digital version of PS as an exciting supplement to our print tradition, which dates back more than 85 years.”
As more and more people prefer reading on e-readers, the Schooner will continue to offer its journal to readers and subscribers in a user-friendly format. The Schooner staff is excited to increase the digital presence of Prairie Schooner, which has been enhanced recently with a redesigned website, a podcast series on iTunes, an online-exclusive e-zine called FUSION, and more.