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02/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 11:30

The Southern Review's Winter 2018 Issue Now Available

First issue of the 54th-volume year features a Pulitzer winner and new writers

BATON ROUGE - The Southern Review is pleased to announce the publication of its winter 2018 issue. This new issue features fiction, essays and poetry from all manner of snowy locales, including Jill Osier's poetic view of Alaska; Barrett Swanson's snowy holidayscape in 'The Live Ones'; and James Arthur's poem 'Hundred Acre Wood,' which describes a father walking through a wintry Michigan with his infant son. All three evoke the season - and provide great reading for a cold winter's day.

The winter issue also offers two very different takes on historic fiction: Cary Holladay, who first published with the journal 25 years ago, shares 'Carbon Tet,' a piece set in rural Virginia circa 1910; while first-time contributor Lailee Mendelson writes about Russia immediately after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 'So, the Cold War Is Over.' Nonfiction writing features Debra Spark's 'Finish It, Finish It: Options for Ending a Story,' a compelling mix of personal memoir and craft talk, and Michael Down's 'Jim at 2 AM' a hilarious and heartfelt portrait of the author's wayward neighbor.

The issue includes new poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Dunn, as well as a pair of densely woven meditations by Jane Springer, whose previous contribution to the journal ('Walk,' autumn 2015) won a Pushcart Prize. Christine Poreba writes about the immigrant experience in her suite of poems, while Chris Dombrowski's long poem 'Going Home' explores how the ripples of a friend's murder affects the landscape of his youth.

The artwork of German artist Sibylle Peretti is also featured. Her innovative use of cast glass tiles and sculpture creates landscapes and portraits at once delicate and magnificent: close inspection of the glass surface reveals the artist's hand in her precise engraving, silver and gold leaf applications, and painting.

The winter issue is now available for purchase online at http://thesouthernreview.org. There readers can explore a digital gallery of Peretti'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, including the Louisiana bookstores mentioned at https://thesouthernreview.org/shop/.

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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