The Southern Review’s winter volume mixes poetry, fiction, essays and art.
Fiction from the LSU publication includes “Solee,” a domestic drama set in a small Korean town, from first-time contributor Crystal Hana Kim.
A small Virginia community provides the backdrop for longtime contributor R.T. Smith’s “Just between Us,” which explores the joys — and many challenges — of family gatherings.
The issue includes two flash fictions, from Mark Polanzak and Hilary Leichter, and two wintery tales from Laurie Saurborn and Lydia Conklin.
The issue’s nonfiction features a fond farewell to Sweet Briar College by novelist Carrie Brown and a tribute to one of the fathers of modern miniature golf, written by the subject’s daughter.
The issue offers poetry from frequent contributors Kelly Cherry, Doug Ramspeck and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz, alongside journal debuts by Annie Rudy, Anna Ross and LA Johnson.
Three poems from another Pulitzer winner, the late Claudia Emerson, close the issue. Award-winning translator Karen Kovacik introduces readers to four women poets from Poland, whose works extend across multiple generations of that country’s literary traditions.
Deedra Ludwig, an artist based in New Orleans, paints large-scale abstract works rooted in, and drawing from, critical junctures in the natural environment. Using oil, resin, ink, soil and sometimes even plant matter itself, she creates collaged images that reflect some of the world’s most imperiled landscapes, including wetlands and rain forests.
The winter issue is available for purchase at thesouthernreview.org.
There, readers also can explore a digital gallery of Ludwig’s artwork, audio recordings of writers reading their pieces and an archive of past issues. The Southern Review also is available in select bookstores.