Monthly Archives: February 2015

Throwback: “Welcome, Lost Dogs” by Vanessa Blakeslee

This week’s #TBT features “Welcome, Lost Dogs,” by Vanessa Blakeslee, which appeared in our winter 2011 issue. It later appeared in her debut story collection, Train Shots (Burrow Press), which won the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was also long-listed for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and named a […]

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A Remembrance of James Olney

By J. Gerald Kennedy My late colleague James Olney had a sign hanging in his office when he was editor of The Southern Review. It was a framed quotation from Everybody’s Autobiography by Gertrude Stein, expressing her regret at not visiting (during her recent American tour) the home state of her friends William Cook and […]

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Throwback: “Sailor’s Valentine” by Cary Holladay

All done with that Valentine’s Day chocolate? There’s plenty more sweets from the candy store in Cary Holladay’s “Sailor’s Valentine.” The story originally appeared in the summer 1997 issue of The Southern Review and was subsequently published in The Quick-Change Artist: Stories (Swallow Press, 2006). http://thesouthernreview.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/TSR_Summer1997_CaryHolladay.pdf  

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Philip Levine, 1928–2015

The Southern Review mourns the passing of poet Philip Levine, who died on February 14. Levine served as the Poet Laureate of the United States and won the Pulitzer Prize for his work, which has appeared in The Southern Review since 1965. We are grateful that two of his final poems will be published in […]

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Not to be overlooked: James Olney as an inspiring boss

by John Easterly It was my great good fortune to work with James Olney during the last two years of his editorship of The Southern Review, right before he rode off into the sunset, westward to his California retirement. In our offices in the basement of Allen Hall we were constantly swamped with submissions of […]

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