Volume 35.1 has arrived!
Between these two covers, dear readers of The Southeast Review, observe the world.
Our writers are in Pakistan. They are in Mississippi. They are in Greece, Abilene, Serbia, and by each Midwestern lake. Elizabeth Tannen considers the properties of home from NYC to LA, Samuel Piccone gathers moon dust, and Norman Dubie waits in Trow Hill, Vermont.
Read the contest-winning work of Chelsea Dingman, Thomas J. McConnell, and Gwen Holt.
Artists Yi Xiao Chen and SER Art Editor Kelly Butler challenge conventional beauty.
Poet Ezra Dan Feldmen and SER Assistant Editor Dorothy Chan discuss the role of poetry in revolution.
Book reviews for Jürgen Becker’s Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems, Athena Farrokhad’s White Blight, Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation, Phillip B. Williams’ Thief in the Interior, Oliver Bendorf’s The Spectral Wilderness, Camille Rankine’s Incorrect Merciful Impulses, and Amy Gustine’s You Should Pity Us Instead.
…and much, much more.
The staff and contributors of The Southeast Review are proud to bring you Volume 35.1.
Review: Lincoln in the Bardo
I didn’t know what a bardo was before reading George Saunders’s new novel Lincoln in the Bardo, and I can’t say I was sure afterward, either. I knew Saunders’s work, though, as many do; he’s the author of several acclaimed collections of short stories, novellas, and essays. Not long ago, one of his pieces appeared on a brown paper bag from a fast-food burrito chain, in a fitting pairing of genuine heart and highly commodified object. Even though it was only a few paragraphs, there were many familiar elements of Saunders’s work: fabulism, absurdism, (obvious) commentary on commercialism, humor, and death. It was written with concentrated language in a pronounced style absent from mimetic realism. Lincoln in the Bardo, Saunders’s first novel, is….
Read the rest of Theodore Yurevitch’s review here.
Author Q&A: Piyali Bhattacharya
Piyali Bhattacharya is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and many others. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion which was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, was named an “Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016” by NBC News, and was listed as a “Best Nonfiction Book of 2016” by Entropy Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel, an excerpt from which was awarded the 2015 Peter Straub Award for Fiction.
Read Piyali Bhattacharya’s interview with SER Fiction Editor, Misha Rai here.