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The Southern Review’s Winter 2012 Issue Now Available

Features established and emerging writers from Charles Simic to Reese Okyong Kwon

01/27/2012 10:56 AM

BATON ROUGE – People can still ring in the New Year in style with The Southern Review’s jewel-studded winter 2012 issue, now available for purchase online at and in bookstores.


Jason Brown’s chilling story “Wintering Over,” about an artist couple isolated in a neglected Maine house over a winter that may be prove too long for them to endure, glitters with the icy cold of a northeastern January, where “the sharp winter light cut like a blade.”


A snow-dusted Copenhagen at Christmas, “the most beautiful December you can remember for years,” becomes the site of a near-death experience in Thomas E. Kennedy’s darkly funny second-person essay “You Just Don’t Feel So Good.” Kennedy invites readers to imagine riding a train past “the icy waters of North Harbor, the white smoke fuming from factory stacks, a flank of twirling windmills, a low-bellied tanker sliding dark against the horizon” when “you wonder if you will ever get your breath again.” What follows is a surprising and movingly human account of what it means to face death and emerge grateful to the world and those in it.


Poets include Charles Simic, Mary Ruefle, Stephen Dunn, Bob Hicok, Wendy Barker, Alan Feldman, Elana Bell, Ryan Teitman, Anna Journey and Daniel Johnson, whose speaker in “Winter’s Intern” promises, “Wind skirling through canebrake. / My fingers too. // Ask me to shake the last berries loose // and I will, I will.”


Emerging writers making their debut appearance in The Southern Review’s pages include Reese Okyong Kwon, named one of Narrative’s 15 Below 30, whose engrossing story of a boy and his leonine dogs weds the mythical with the real; Rachel Ida Buff, whose taxonomy of insomnia becomes a taxonomy of a life lived fully and with insight and compassion; and O. Henry prizewinner Ted Sanders, whose startling, lyrical work has earned wide recognition, including the 2011 Bakeless Fiction Award for his forthcoming story collection. New fiction by Stuart Dybek joins stories by previous contributors Christie Hodgen and Christine Sneed.


Gwyneth Scally is the featured artist. Inspired by “the dire beauty of the pine forests and icebergs” during a recent residency in Newfoundland, Canada, where she visited Glacier National Park, Scally’s paintings are pervaded by a cool, dusky light. Both historical and contemporary in their reach, monumental and intimate in their concerns, her fantastical landscapes draw the viewer into delightfully strange worlds that recall Narnia and Wonderland.


Founded in 1935 by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, The Southern Review is published four times a year on the campus of LSU.


For more information, contact Erin Rolfs with LSU Press at or 225-578-8282.

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