Issue 92, Spring 2016

Issue 92, Spring 2016

“The OA has always published vital, important stories—from the borderlands, the Gulf Coast, Appalachia, and many locales in between,” editor Eliza Borné writes in this issue. “Our writers continue to thrill me with their creativity and craft.”

Some highlights: Will Stephenson’s evaluation of the Texas-born writer Terry Southern; Alex Mar’s meditation on ancestry and her connection to Juan Ponce de León; fiction by Crystal Wilkinson and C. E. Morgan; a report from the rural Mississippi hometown of author Lewis Nordan; poetry by C. D. Wright, Tyehimba Jess, and Bianca Lynne Spriggs; and more.

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Letter from the Editor, by Eliza Borné

Points South

You Dumb Bell, by James Seay

Peter Andrey Smith remembers a pioneering surgeon

La Belle Rivière, a story by C. E. Morgan

Matt Wolfe chases cattle rustlers in Texas

Four micromemoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly

David McDannald confronts a llama

Local Fare: Road Tripping with Nathalie Dupree, by John T. Edge


Features

ONCE WAS LOST
photographs by Richard Leo Johnson
poem by C. D. Wright

BLOOD TIES
Conjuring up my own personal conquistador
by Alex Mar

THE THUNDER AND THE HURRICANE
A team comes home
by Pia Z. Ehrhardt

A HOUSE OF CROSSED LOGS
Finding Lewis Nordan
by John McElwee
with Chris Fowler

SKY. BLOOD. BONE. BREATH.
a story by Crystal Wilkinson


Omnivore

THE STATE OF THE PLATE
Fetishizing Fiestaware
by Kelly Alexander

NIGHTS OF TERROR, DAYS OF WEIRD
Terry Southern’s life in letters
by Will Stephenson

Cooking with Chris:
A BIRD IN HAND IS WORTH NOTHING TO THE BIRD
by Chris Offutt


Poetry

Molasses, by Nancy K. Pearson


Art by: Jo Ann Callis, Camilo Ramirez, Akasha Rabut, Norwood Creech, Holly Andres, Molly Lamb, Tatum Shaw, Karen Glaser, Andrew Moore, Willie Anne Wright, James H. Evans, Najee Dorsey, Joshua Flint, Richard Leo Johnson, Aaron Canipe, Hannah Cooper McCauley, Rebecca Reeve, Tom Martin, Donald Baechler, Chris Fowler, Albert Chong, Krista Steinke, Jan De Vliegher, Cara Barer, Yola Monakhov Stockton

Cover: “The Dish Trick” (1985), by Jo Ann Callis. Courtesy of the artist and ROSEGALLERY