Women Writers Fund

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The Oxford American has long been committed to presenting a diversity of viewpoints, voices, and places that feature the depth of our region’s culture.

This #GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017, we raised $36,550 between online, offline, and challenge match contributions to launch our Women Writers Fund

Thank you to everyone who made our campaign such a success!

If you’d like to contribute specifically to the Women Writers Fund, click here.

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The Oxford American publishes the best in Southern storytelling. We are a home for the literature, journalism, art, and music that channel the ever evolving, complex, and diverse stories of the South, while empowering the creative voices that will shape our region’s culture and artistic legacy for years to come.

For a quarter-century, the OA has represented a diversity of voices within its pages and its live programming. However, thanks to the research of VIDA, a nonprofit organization that reports on demographics in publishing, we’ve become attuned to the gender and racial disparity in the industry, which is why we believe that it is more important than ever to show our leadership in this area.

As Oxford American editor Eliza Borné wrote in her inaugural editor’s letter, “The American South has always been a home of thriving, raging diversities, and I believe this magazine will be better—more interesting, indispensable—if our coverage reflects the region’s depths.”

Every dollar you give or spend with the OA truly makes a difference. Your support ensures the OA story will continue—and that we continue to feature stories from every corner of the region, and from the entire spectrum of creative voices that inhabit those places. 

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newGTroberts“I am proud to be associated with the Oxford American, one of America’s premier literary magazines. The OA gets to the heart of our many Souths, not merely the glossy, mossy, pastel-dressed one we see staring out at us from the covers of other magazines, but the Souths we actually inhabit: polyglot, complex, cacophonous, endlessly fascinating.”

—Diane Roberts, author of Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America and an Oxford American contributing editor

newGTwilksinson“I’ve always considered the Oxford American to be the New Yorker of the South. The literary crème de la crème for the Southern writer and reader.”

—Crystal Wilkinson, author of The Birds of Opulence, and an Oxford American contributor

newGTfennelly“The urge to eat dirt; dancing in Junior Kimbrough’s juke joint with a man who had a hook for a hand; admiring the shirtless young men running in Oxford, Mississippi on the first warm spring day; the faculty meeting quips of Barry Hannah; the blues that came out of the flood of the Mississippi River in 1927; books that make me horny; what poetry and motherhood have in common; my ginormous bladder.  Whenever I have to urge to write something freaky, uncomfortably true, and revelatory of my beloved South, I send it first to the Oxford American, home to the best writing of the last twenty-five years.”

—Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs, and an Oxford American contributing editor

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