The Southern Review’s Spring 2017 Issue Now Available

Issue explores wartime conflict and domestic drama

Southern Review04/17/2017
BATON ROUGE – The Southern Review’s spring 2017 issue features a wide range of conflict, exploring both 19th-century wars and modern domestic crises. Each kind of discord – indeed, each piece of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the issue – is considered through writing that displays the nuance and attention to detail that have become hallmarks of the journal.

The spring’s fiction features two very different travelers – an academic visiting Oxford to write on the films of Hitchcock in Robert Hahn’s “The Poisoner,” and a trafficker in Singapore bringing “soccer players” from Nigeria in Iheoma Nwachukwu’s “Urban Gorilla.” For a different time and place, Nicholas Mainieri’s “Port of Embarkation” imagines troops on the brink of the Mexican-American War. Nonfiction includes Sandra Gail Lambert’s candid assessment of her own declining mobility and what that has meant to her creative process in “Etymology.”

Poetry in the spring 2017 issue includes another 19th century conflict: R. T. Smith, a writer featured in the recent Best American Poetry, takes readers to the Civil War through the eyes of a still-life painter. Environmental issues are close at hand in the work of Catherine Pierce, while writers Mark Irwin and Cathie Sandstrom use observations of light as their launching pads to consider those relationships possible and those lost. Other contributors include Kevin Prufer, Lindsey Alexander and Bruce Beasley, whose “Truth, Says the Truism” shows the possibility of vernacular in poetry.

This issue also features the paintings of Ramiro Gomez, a contemporary artist based in Los Angeles. Gomez’s work explores the predominantly Latino workforce that supports LA’s affluent communities, by melding his own painterly craft with referents from art history – one series reimagines David Hockney’s California paintings, for instance. Gomez’s paintings express a powerful commentary on class, privilege, and possibility in contemporary America.

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

From the 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. Over its 80-year history, the journal 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.




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