“Our charge is to share important, moving stories with you, our readers, from a region that is still oft-overlooked and maligned,” writes editor Eliza Borné in an introduction to this issue, which marks the Oxford American’s twenty-fifth anniversary.
Some highlights: An excerpt from Jesmyn Ward’s forthcoming novel; photographs by Jack Spencer; a previously unpublished poem by Margaret Walker, with an introduction by Kiese Laymon; an examination of Guy Davenport by Brian Blanchfield; Rien Fertel on the Mardi Gras flambeaux carriers—and much more.
C. Morgan Babst confronts a flood of emotion after the storm
Local Fare: On Crawfish Boats and Taco Baskets, by John T. Edge
BTW, by Peter Cooley
The Confession, by Morri Creech
Breaking, by George Ella Lyon
Darkling, I listen—, by Safiya Sinclair
A TOWN UNDER TRIAL
What an unsolved double murder in Kentucky reveals about America’s military-industrial complex
by Nick Tabor
Cover: “Starfall,” St. Augustine, Florida (2008), by Jack Spencer, from This Land