The Southern Review’s Spring 2013 Issue Now Available

04/26/2013 10:54 AM

BATON ROUGE – Photographed dioramas by artist Lori Nix adorn The Southern Review’s spring 2013 issue, now available for purchase online at and in bookstores.  

The spring issue features new work by 21 poets, including translations of Ghalib by M. Shahid Alam and original poems by Carol Ann Davis; Anna Journey; David Bottoms; Corey Van Landingham; and Jake Adam York, to whom the issue is dedicated. Taken from York’s award-winning series on the civil rights movement, the three new poems in the issue represent some of York’s final work from this important project.

James Lee Burke brings us “Going across Jordan,” a tense page-turner about two men on the run and a corrupt Hollywood cowboy with an agenda of his own. Tamas Dobozy, whose last story featured in The Southern Review was called ‘likely to become a classic’ by the Washington Post, returns to the pages with a piece about utopian dreams. Other fiction includes a story of unrequited love and a high school heavy-metal band by Chip Cheek; a fabulist tale about the mysterious appearance of stones in a village by Mika Seifert; and a short story about two young runaways in South Florida by Pushcart Prize-winning author Jaquira Díaz.

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s essay “Crimes against a Wrecker Driver” takes readers behind the scenes at a salvage shop in a true-crime piece about violence and forgiveness. Kirk Curnutt’s “Once Again to Zelda” examines the role the influential biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda Fitzgerald has played in American culture.

Nix’s dioramas depict the built environment devoid of people. Shopping malls, museums, libraries, and theaters in a state of ruin as nature encroaches are meticulously constructed and photographed, resulting in beautiful and eerie artifacts from an imagined future. Nix’s work has been shown in the Henry Art Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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 at or 225-578-8282.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013