The Southern Review’s Winter 2015 Issue Includes Fiction and Poetry from the World Over

01/14/2015 02:29 PM

BATON ROUGE – It’s the season to celebrate in Louisiana. The New Year ushers in the start of Mardi Gras festivities and marks the commencement of The Southern Review’s 80th anniversary. So it feels appropriate to feature an evocative and joyous Oscar Creech photograph on the winter 2015 cover – an image of a dancer “second lining” down the streets of New Orleans.

The winter 2015 prose features a story by Michael Knight set against the Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, Ala. “Night at the Fiestas,” the title story from a forthcoming collection by Kirstin Valdez Quade, a National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 author, visits Santa Fe for the festival spirit of the southwest. Also featured in the issue is an excerpt of M. O. Walsh’s “My Sunshine Away,” set at a fishing camp in coastal Louisiana; a story from Edward McPherson; and John Smolens’s “One One Thousand,” about siblings coping with their mother’s illness. Essays by Alison Townsend and Nick Neely explore personal history through perfume and hummingbirds, respectively.

Twenty-four poets, including one translator, are featured in the winter issue. It includes work by Denise Duhamel, the guest editor of Best American Poetry 2013, who is making her debut in the journal. Former Poet Laureate Charles Simic shares four poems. Nancy Naomi Carlson has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to translate the Djibouti-born Francophone writer Abdourahman Waberi’s poetry; “Rosary for Timbuktu” is featured in the issue, as is work by longtime contributors David Bottoms, Kevin Prufer, and Susan Blackwell Ramsey. The issue also contains a poem by John Biguenet, 2012 Louisiana Writer Award winner and author of the “Rising Water” trilogy, forthcoming from LSU Press.

Oscar Creech has been photographing his native New Orleans and its celebrations for decades. In this set of black-and-white photographs he captures many sides of New Orleans’s most famous fetes – Mardi Gras, Super Sunday and Jazz Fest – traveling from Bourbon Street to the Fair Grounds and back. Trained at NYU, Creech now teaches photography at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans.

The winter issue is now available for purchase online at There visitors can also explore a digital gallery of Creech’s photographs, 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 celebrating 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 14, 2015