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The Southern Review’s Summer 2012 Issue Now Available

Features established and emerging writers from Albert Goldbarth to Laura van den Berg

07/05/2012 11:42 AM

BATON ROUGE – Bright nature-inspired paintings adorn The Southern Review’s summer 2012 issue, now available for purchase online at and in bookstores.


The summer issue features a new story by Laura van den Berg about sister detectives searching for a missing Florida man, “Opa-Locka,” and Andrew Plattner’s horse racing story, “Confetti.” Plattner’s first story collection, “Winter Money,” won the Flannery O’Connor Award from the University of Georgia Press. These stories join the enchanting tale “Kurobe and the Secrets of Puppetry” by S. P. Tenhoff.


Essays include Shara Lessley’s “One Cluster, Bright, Astringent,” about ballet dancing, poetry and Elizabeth Bishop, in which Lessley recounts her stay at Bishop’s childhood home in Nova Scotia, the place that inspired many of Bishop’s poems, and explores the connection between Bishop’s work and Lessley’s own time as a ballet dancer, during which she studied at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. Accompanying this essay is “The Playroom: A Diagram,” a playful mapping of personal domestic space by Ted Sanders, winner of the 2011 Bakeless Fiction Prize.


The 22 poets in this issue include frequent contributor Albert Goldbarth, two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award known for his wide-ranging, funny poems, whose three featured poems examine the invention of the telephone book, séances and the Rapture. Bruce Bond and Fleda Brown also return to the pages, alongside emerging poets Kimberly Grey, a current Stegner fellow; Phillip B. Williams; Jared Harel; Nick McRae; and Laura Eve Engel.


Meredith Pardue’s abstract paintings inspired by plant forms grace the cover and comprise the eight-page art insert. Born in Monroe, La., Pardue now lives in Austin, Texas. She continues to show her work, featured in Dwell and Southern Living, at Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge.


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