BATON ROUGE – The Southern Review’s winter 2017 issue brings together a thrilling group of authors, including two National Book Award finalists, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a former Poet Laureate of the United States.
The fiction in the winter issue spans a range of situations, from the problems of a seemingly comfortable New York family – Joan Silber’s “Secrets of Happiness” – to those of a much more imperiled family in Mazar-e Sharif bracing for the Taliban’s arrival – Qais Akbar Omar’s “The Small Statue of Lenin’s Head.” James Lee Burke’s new story is set decidedly closer to The Southern Review’s Baton Rouge home – a caper set, in part, in the Atchafalaya Basin. Burke’s last story in The Southern Review was reprinted in the Best American Mystery Stories series. Essays include a meditation on love and Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus by Greg Wrenn and Arianne Zwartjes’s response to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, as told through the lens of her time in Greece.
Poetry in the winter 2017 issue includes a trio of short, visual poems by former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic and a study of the beauty of winter light – even when viewed across the Newark Airport – by Jacqueline Osherow. Chelsea Rathburn considers the stresses of motherhood in “Médée Furieuse” and Laura Van Prooyen discusses the joys of daughterhood in “My Mother in Pixels.” Other contributions include the environmental poetry of Joe Wilkins and Wendy Barker’s gut-wrenching exploration of Matisse’s iconic cut-outs.
This issue also features the photographs of Sally Mann, considered one of her generation’s foremost photographers. Her 2015 memoir, “Hold Still,” was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her work is featured in museum collections around the globe. In this series for the journal, she photographs the art studio of the late abstract expressionist painter Cy Twombly, who spent part of each year in Lexington, Virginia, where Mann also lives.
The winter issue is now available for purchase online at http://thesouthernreview.org. There readers can explore a digital gallery of Mann’s work, audio recordings of writers reading from their pieces and an archive of past issues. The Southern Review is also available in select bookstores.
From LSU, The Southern Review publishes distinct literary voices from around the world that both evoke the innovation of its founders, Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, and respond to the diversity of its contemporary readership. Over its 80-year history, the journal has also featured a broad range of visual artists from across the South and around the globe. With each new issue The Southern Review strives to discover and promote engaging, relevant and challenging literature – including fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
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