Throwback: “Writing A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines

This essay appears in our Autumn 2005 issue. Gaines, one of Louisiana’s literary luminaries, is the namesake of The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its eighth year and has become nationally recognized in its role of enhancing visibility of emerging black fiction writers while also expanding the audience for this literature. The annual award of a $10,000 cash prize is to support the writer and help enable her/him to focus on her/his art of writing.

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014. For more information, visit: http://www.ernestjgainesaward.org/

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Throwback: “My Friend Steve Asks If I Believe in the Afterlife” by Aliki Barnstone

This poem, “My Friend Steve Asks If I Believe in the Afterlife” by Aliki Barnstone, appeared in our Summer 2002 issue. It also appears in Aliki’s book, Bright Body (White Pine Press, 2011).

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Best American news from The Southern Review

The table of contents for the Best American Series were recently announced, and The Southern Review would like to congratulate James Lee Burke for his inclusion in the Best American Mystery Stories 2014, selected by guest editor Laura Lippman, series editor Otto Penzler. The featured story, “Going Across Jordan,” was originally published in the Spring 2013 issue of The Southern Review. You can hear Burke read an excerpt of the story here.

We were also pleased to learn of a number of “notable” stories and essays that originally appeared on our pages. Congratulations to:

  • Bonnie Jo Campbell for “Crimes Against a Wrecker Driver,” (Spring 2013), a notable essay in Best American Essays 2014, guest edited by John Jeremiah Sullivan
  • Jerome Charyn for “Marla,” (Autumn 2013), a notable in Best American Mystery 2014
  • Steven Harvey for “The Vanishing Point,” (Winter 2013), a notable in Best American Essays 2014
  • Michael Knight for “Water and Oil,” (Autumn 2013), a notable story in Best American Short Stories 2014, guest edited by Jennifer Egan
  • Lori Ostlund for “The Gap Year,” (Autumn 2013), a notable story in Best American Short Stories 2014

The Best American 2014 collections will be on sale in early October. To purchase the issues that include these stories and essays or to subscribe so you don’t miss another inspiring piece, click here.

 

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Throwback: “Listening to a Shell” by Jeanne Foster (TSR Summer 2005)

As school begins and summer comes to a close, we find ourselves already holding on to memories of beach trips and long days. Jeanne Foster’s “Listening to a Shell” was published in our Summer 2005 issue and will be the lead poem in her upcoming book, Goodbye, Silver Sister, due out next spring from Northwestern University Press.

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FEATURED POEM: “The Night Driver reads The Night Driver by John Cork” by Michael Spence

Michael Spence has driven public-transit buses in the Seattle area for thirty years. This poem is from his book, The Bus Driver’s Threnody, recently published by Truman State University Press.

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