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 http://thesouthernreview.org. 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.
For more information, contact Erin Rolfs at 225-578-8282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015