The Southern Review’s Autumn 2017 Issue Now Available

New issue brings together longtime contributors and new voices 

Southern ReviewBATON ROUGE – The Southern Review is pleased to announce publication of its autumn 2017 issue, which brings together an exciting mix of long-standing contributors, such as National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell and Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Philip Schultz, and emerging writers, such as Pakistani story writer Farah Ali and poet Emily Tuszynska.

The fiction in the autumn issue includes new stories by former associate editor Michael Griffith and novelist James Whorton Jr., who is making his journal debut. Brooke Bullman’s “The Gray Horse” uses the collective voice to recall a tragic accident and the lost innocence of girlhood, while the eponymous protagonist of Saral Waldorf’s “Praise Song for Bill Farrell” finds himself perilously alone. Waldorf’s previous story published in the journal was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2016. Evan Lavender-Smith’s essay tribute to his grandfather, “The Itch and the Touch,” starts with a meddlesome skin condition then transports readers back to the Pacific theater via a dynamic exploration of how we tell stories, and why.

Poetry in the autumn 2017 issue includes new pieces by Bob Hicok, David Kirby and Mary Jo Firth Gillett, whose regular contributions to the journal over the years have helped shape its aesthetic. Piotr Florczyk, who was recently awarded the Academy of American Poets’ translation prize, has two poems about touring Holocaust sites in Poland, and Annie Woodford’s “Season of Feasts” sets the table for the winter holidays.

This issue also features the collaged paintings of Jesse McCloskey, a contemporary artist based in New York City. McCloskey’s intricate interiors and still lifes are informed by his New England upbringing and the region’s sometimes gothic undertones, as well as his commitment to form, color, clarity and surprise.

The autumn issue is now available for purchase online at There you can explore a digital gallery of McCloskey’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 and will be available at the Louisiana Book Festival, on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the State Capitol Grounds in Baton Rouge.

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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