Books and Publications

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Books and Publications

Journals, Literary Magazines, and Book Series

Prairie Schooner

The Prairie Schooner, founded in 1927 at the University of Nebraska, is widely recognized as one of the premiere literary magazines in the nation. Glenna Luschei Editor-in-Chief Kwame Dawes and Managing Editor Ashley Strosnider lead a team of undergraduate interns, graduate editorial staff, and alumni readers who help publish the quarterly literary magazine and its podcast, Air Schooner.

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Provocations is a publication of the University of Nebraska Press edited by Marco Abel and Roland Végső. The series publishes short theoretical interventions (30,000 to 50,000-words) into contemporary debates within the humanities and social sciences.

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Scholarly Editing

The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing

Scholarly Editing is the digital, open-access successor to the prestigious print journal Documentary Editing. Under the direction of editors Amanda Gailey and Andrew Jewell, the annual journal publishes small-scale digital editions of cultural materials, as well as peer-reviewed essays about editorial theory and practice. Faculty and students from the Department of English and Center for Digital Research in the Humanities have served as editorial assistants, designers, and contributors.

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Western American Literature

A journal of literary, cultural and place studies

Since its inception in 1965, Western American Literature has been the leading peer-reviewed journal in the literary and cultural study of the North American West, defined broadly to include western Canada and northern Mexico. Tom Lynch currently serves as editor of this prestigious journal, published by the Western Literature Association (WLA), of which many UNL faculty members and graduate students are a part.

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Ancillary Theoretic Pursuits

Watershed is an independent blog of critical theory by graduate students of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The blog, which began as a series of conversations between graduate students, features connections, explorations and responses to multiple theories, theorists, and issues of interest.

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Laurus, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's undergraduate literary magazine, publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction and visual artwork created and edited exclusively by UNL undergraduates. The magazine publishes and prints its annual issue every spring, and publishes additional mini-issues online throughout the year.

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Faculty Videos

Ted Kooser reads "So This Is Nebraska"

Video by Wessels Living History Farm. More videos featuring Ted Kooser's poetry can be found on his website.

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The gravel road rides with a slow gallop
over the fields, the telephone lines
streaming behind, its billow of dust
full of the sparks of redwing blackbirds.

On either side, those dear old ladies,
the loosening barns, their little windows
dulled by cataracts of hay and cobwebs
hide broken tractors under their skirts.

So this is Nebraska. A Sunday
afternoon; July. Driving along
with your hand out squeezing the air,
a meadowlark waiting on every post.

Behind a shelterbelt of cedars,
top-deep in hollyhocks, pollen and bees,
a pickup kicks its fenders off
and settles back to read the clouds.

You feel like that; you feel like letting
your tires go flat, like letting the mice
build a nest in your muffler, like being
no more than a truck in the weeds,

clucking with chickens or sticky with honey
or holding a skinny old man in your lap
while he watches the road, waiting
for someone to wave to. You feel like

waving. You feel like stopping the car
and dancing around on the road. You wave
instead and leave your hand out gliding
larklike over the wheat, over the houses.

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Laura White

English professor Laura White, recognized with a 2010 Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award.