september, 2020

23sep5:30 pm6:30 pmMeet Prairie Schooner Book Prize Winners - Jihyun Yun & Megan Cummins

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Meet Jihyun Yun and Megan Cummins, winners of this year’s prestigious Prairie Schooner Prize.

The authors will read from their upcoming books, Some are Always Hungry and If the Body Allows It.

This Zoom-event will be moderated by Kwame Dawes, Editor-in-Chief and celebrated author.

Scroll down for details, including the Zoom invitation and links to pre-order copies with signed book plates!

  Pre-order and receive a signed book plate with your copy.

Some Are Always Hungry by Jihyun Yun chronicles a family’s wartime survival, immigration, and heirloom trauma through the lens of food, or the lack thereof.  Through the vehicle of recipe, butchery, and dinner table poems, the collection negotiates the myriad ways diasporic communities comfort and name themselves in other nations, as well as the ways cuisine is inextricably linked to occupation, transmission, and survival. Dwelling on the personal as much as the historical, Some Are Always Hungry traces the lineage of the speaker&;s place in history and diaspora through mythmaking and cooking, which is to say, conjuring.

Jihyun Yun is a Korean American poet from California who now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A Fulbright research grant recipient, she has received degrees from the University of California&;Davis and New York University. Her work has appeared in Narrative MagazinePoetry NorthwestAdroit Journal, and other publications.

  Pre-order and receive a signed book plate with your copy.

If the Body Allows It explores illness and its aftermath, guilt and addiction, and the relationships the characters form after they&;ve lost everyone else, including themselves.  If the Body Allows It is divided into six parts and framed by the story of Marie, a woman in her thirties living in Newark, New Jersey. Suffering from a chronic autoimmune illness, she also struggles with guilt over the overdose and death of her father, whom she feels she betrayed at the end of his life. The stories within the frame&;about failed marriages, places of isolation and protection, teenage mistakes, and forging a life in the aftermath&;are the stories the narrator writes after she meets and falls in love with a man whose grief mirrors her own. If the Body Allows It explores illness and its aftermath, guilt and addiction, and the relationships the characters form after they&;ve lost everyone else, including themselves.

Introspective, devastating, and funny, If the Body Allows It grapples with the idea that life is always on the brink of never being the same again.

Megan Cummins is the managing editor at A Public Space and A Public Space Books. Her work has been published in Ninth LetterOne Teen StoryGuernica, and Electric Literature.

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