The Southern Review’s Winter Issue Features Established and Emerging Writers from Gary Gildner to Lydia Conklin

01/15/2014 04:22 PM

BATON ROUGE – A solitary white figure, wrapped in fluorescent tubes, illuminates the cover The Southern Review’s winter 2014 issue, now available online and in bookstores. This exceptional artwork – by the contemporary Spanish artist Bernardí Roig – shares the latest issue with new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from some of the world’s leading writers. Roig, who has exhibited widely in Europe, will have his first major American exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., in August.

The winter 2014 volume features a significant amount of new nonfiction, including three essays on love. Angie Kim explores the bond between mother and daughter in “Scotch Tape,” Josh McCall writes on how food can be used to express love, and Gary Gildner looks back on how he finally married his wife Michele, nearly 30 years after having met her. This trio is accompanied by David Heddendorf’s critical essay on the work of underappreciated mystery writer Ngaio Marsh and Greg Hrbek’s travel essay on Japan’s beautiful Ogasawara islands and their troubling wartime legacy.

Also showcased in this issue is new fiction from six writers, including established voices Thomas E. Kennedy, Andrew Plattner, and Steve Yarbrough, and emerging writers Mark Polanzak, Lydia Conklin, and Hannah Gersen. Plattner’s story, “Fortune,” is the most recent in his ongoing, award-winning series of stories set at America’s racetracks. Conklin’s “Pioneer” transforms a schoolyard into the Oregon Trail and sets one girl on a path of personal discovery.

Twenty poets are featured in the pages of the winter issue, including Julia B. Levine and her poem “Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight,” a five-part work that masterfully describes the speaker’s grieving process after her father’s skydiving accident. Joshua Rivkin explores modern masculinity and the tropes of the West in his suite of prose poems. Also included are new works by Wendy Barker, Ciaran Berry, Karina Borowicz, David Nielsen and Doug Ramspect.

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

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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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014