The Southern Review’s Spring 2014 Issue Now Available

04/09/2014 03:29 PM

BATON ROUGE – Three bright, whimsical birds grace the cover of The Southern Review’s spring 2014 issue, which is now available online at and in bookstore. The birds, part of artist Mary Lee Eggart’s “Spiritus Sanctus” series – her most recent set of incredibly detailed color-pencil drawings – share this latest volume with new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from some of the world’s leading writers.

The spring 2014 issue features a number of stories set in the desert: Aurelie Sheehan’s “Olympus Falls” traverses Tucson, Peter Levine’s “Prospect” brings four middle-aged friends to Las Vegas for a memorable weekend, and Beth Alvarado’s “¿Qué hora son, mi corazón?” explores political conflict along the borderlands. Other remarkable vistas are featured, as well: Seattle, in Kent Nelson’s “The Beautiful Light”; Spain, in Man Booker Prize-finalist Josip Novakovich’s “Bel Horizonte”; and the view through a camera obscura, in Mika Taylor’s story of the same name.

Also showcased is new nonfiction from four writers, including essays by poets Lance Larsen (poet laureate of Utah) and LSU Press author Anna Journey. Diana Spechler’s coming-of-age essay captures of slice of life in New York City, and William Lychack’s meditations on the practices of judo and writing invite readers to reconsider both forms.

Thirteen poets are featured, including works by Baton Rouge-native and National Book Award finalist David Kirby. Wendy Barker’s three poems masterfully explore the nuances of teaching literature, while Ryan Teitman continues to dazzle old forms to new life. Poems by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Keith Ekiss, Joshua Poteat, David St. John, and Kara van de Graaf are also included.

An eight-page gallery is devoted to Baton Rouge artist Mary Lee Eggart, whose colored-pencil drawings marry her interest in nature and spirituality. A practicing mapmaker, Eggart’s personal work explores the religious symbolism of flora and fauna.

At, readers can explore a digital gallery of Eggart’s artwork, audio recordings of writers reading their pieces from the latest issue, and an archive of past issues.

From 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.

For more information, contact Erin Rolfs at 225-578-8282 or

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014