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The Southern Review’s Summer 2014 Issue Now Available

Summer issue presents poetry, prose and art from across the U.S. and Latin America

07/15/2014 02:44 PM

BATON ROUGE – A bright, biomorphic detail of an abstract painting by José-María Cundín swims across the cover of The Southern Review’s summer 2014 issue. Cundín, a Basque-born, Louisiana-based painter, shares the latest issue with new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from some of the world’s leading writers.

Heat exudes from the stories in the summer 2014 issue. Aurelie Sheehan contributes another Tucson story from her forthcoming collection, this time “The Three Graces.” Southern California is featured in both Hammett Prize-winner Richard Lange’s story of a less-glamorous Los Angeles, “Gather Darkness,” and in 2014 O. Henry winner Olivia Clare’s exploration of the lives of two poets living there, “Creatinine.” With the World Cup just completed, Richard V. McGehee’s translation, from Spanish, of Inés Fernández Moreno’s “Miracle in Parque Chas” brings together soccer fans from around Buenos Aires – and across the Americas. Also showcased in this issue is new nonfiction from previous contributors Jane E. Martin and poet Carol Ann Davis.

Twenty-one poets are featured in the summer issue, including five new pieces by former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic. A translation of Euripides’s “Medea’s Vow,” written by W. D. Snodgrass shortly before his death in 2009, also appears. Snodgrass was a frequent and beloved contributor to The Southern Review. Additionally, there is new work by Kevin Prufer, Christine Rhein, Frank Giampietro, Rachael Lyon and Bob Hicok.

An eight-page gallery is devoted to painter José-María Cundín, whose deconstructed figures are in dialogue with influences as diverse as Abstract Expressionism and Renaissance painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo. Born in the Basque region of Spain in 1938 and a resident of the U.S. for more than 50 years, Cundín’s brilliant canvases meld political portraiture, neo-figuration, and abstraction, using a bold palette rarely seen in contemporary painting.

The summer issue is now available for purchase online at There readers can also explore a digital gallery of Cundín’s artwork, audio recordings of writers reading their pieces from the latest issue, and an archive of past issues. The Southern Review is also available in bookstores.

From the campus of 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. The journal, now approaching its 80th anniversary, 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 – and to feature a wide range of the very best established writers alongside rising literary stars.

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