The Southern Review’s Summer 2017 Issue Now Available

Go on vacation with great contemporary literature

Southern ReviewBATON ROUGE – The Southern Review takes readers on a summer vacation in its new issue, with portraits of holidays near and far, spanning from a poet’s quest for marzipan in Toledo, Spain, to “sky-storming” of the plains of West Texas, from tender remembrances of an Oklahoma summer to an amorous adventure on a beach trip to the Black Sea.

The fiction in the summer issue transports readers to a Baltic resort in “The Yalta Conference,” Maria Kuznetsova’s tribute to the Chekhov story “The Woman with the Little Dog,” while novelist Bret Anthony Johnston’s “Palomino” visits a used-car lot in South Texas, where an old Chevy is more than meets the eye. The nitty-gritty of love – and New York real estate – is explored in Danielle Lazarin’s “Floor Plans” and Dina Nayeri’s “A Big True,” though through the very different lenses of a dissolving marriage and a fraying father-daughter relationship. In nonfiction, journalist Steven Kurutz recounts an epic, music-filled summer in his Rust Belt town with a new friend named Headband, and Clinton Crockett Peters writes about that perennial summer visitor, the cockroach, in “Water Bugs: A Story of Absolution.”

Poetry in the summer 2017 issue includes Claudia Buckholts’s tribute to “The Summer in Oklahoma,” as well as two poems from Lance Larsen, including his playful meditations on faith, with Spanish candy, “In Toledo, the Sequestered Brides of Christ.” Erika Meitner’s long poem “Another Ohio Road Trip” carries readers between loss and parenting, “Free Willy” and football, to impressive result. Also featured are pieces from David Hernandez’s project on the painter Ed Ruscha, Chanda Feldman’s tributes to both her mother and her father, and a pair of dense, evocative prose poems from bilingual poet Miho Nonaka.

This issue also features the paintings of Elise Toups, an LSU-educated contemporary artist working in New Orleans. Toups’s large-scale paintings celebrate the natural world in all its glory, as the artist travels to parks and preserves around the country to seek out inspiration.

The summer issue is now available for purchase online at There readers can explore a digital gallery of Toups’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.

Founded in 1935 at 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. With each new issue The Southern Review strives to discover and promote engaging, relevant, and challenging literature – including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry – and feature exciting visual art from across the South and around the globe.




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