Volume 34.2 has arrived!
We did not plan a theme, dear readers of The Southeast Review. But a theme has emerged. If the poets and writers in this issue do not fear death, they are certainly obsessed with it. These pieces crank with obsessions: obsessions with ghosts and corpses, bones, guns, and with the dangerous memory of fathers long gone.
Have you ever wondered how dangerous the human bite is? Or what it means to have a bomb in the chest? M.K. Foster has wondered. Danez Smith works to “name a god faster than blood,” Kara Kai Wang offers water to a ghost; Maria Adelmann counts down backwards. Brigitte Leschhorn shows you life under a tombstone, and Tom McGuire’s character writes a song for a dead man.
Illustrator Jensine Eckwell and SER art assistant Dorothy Chan talk about spirit animals and the artistic influence of conspiracy theories.
Book reviews for Stephen Dunn’s Keeper of Limits: The Mrs. Cavendish Poems, Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Carl Phillips Reconnaissance, and Dolores Dorantes and Rodrigo Flores Sánchez Intervenir/Intervene.
The staff and contributors of Volume 34.2 of The Southeast Review are proud to bring you some of our darkest obsessions. Order now.
We at the Southeast Review are ecstatic to announce our 2016 contest winners!
Gearhart Poetry Prize
Winner- Chelsea Dingman, “The Girl in the River”
Samuel Cross, “Self Portrait as Bigfoot, Turning Myself In”
George Drew, “One Burning Mississippi Afternoon”
Rebecca Lauren, “Miriam Leads the Israelite Women to Band Camp While Zipporah Marks Time”
Samuel Piccone, “Let Us Consider”
Elizabeth Tannen, “Dear You”
Narrative Nonfiction Prize
Winner- Gwen Holt, “The Ditch Bank and the Fenceline”
Barrett Bowlin, “Some of You But Not All of You”
Caitlin McGill, “Museum of Endangered Sounds”
World’s Best Short-Short Story Prize
Winner- Thomas J McConnell, “Boccaccio”
Danielle Davis, “A Proper Expression”
Joyce Frank, “Education on a Winter’s Day”
Brooke McKinney, “The Demolitionist”
Beejay Silcox, “Keraunopathy”
Thanks to all who entered SER’s World’s Best Short-Short Story, Gearhart Poetry, and Narrative Nonfiction contests, judged by Robert Olen Butler, Virgil Suárez, and Elizabeth Stuckey-French, respectively. AND CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS! Be sure to order our Spring 2017 issue to read the winners! Click on the link to learn more about our contests.
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Podcast: Samuel Ligon
Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. His stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The New England Review, Post Road, Okey-Panky, Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. His essays appear in the Inlander. He’s the editor of Willow Springsand the artistic director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. He teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane.
Listen to Samuel Ligon read at the Warehouse in Tallahassee here.