Founded in 1892, the Sewanee Review is the longest-running literary quarterly in America.
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Nonfiction
John Jeremiah Sullivan
In discussing twentieth century American popular music and its most essential genre, the blues, there have been two main channels for getting into the history, or, as we like to say, the roots, of that tradition.
Online Feature The Conglomerate
Liz Van Hoose
We recently met at our NYC neighborhood restaurant, Community Food and Juice, to talk about editing, publishing, and the literary passion fostered by Grove Atlantic under the intrepid leadership of its publisher, Morgan Entrekin.
Nonfiction
Stephanie Danler
Like the tectonic plates that keep California unsteady, trauma's movement is never interrupted; it is always shifting—yet we only pay attention when it's a disaster.
Archival Content Fiction
Flannery O'Connor
The doctor’s waiting room, which was very small, was almost full when the Turpins entered, and Mrs. Turpin, who was very large, made it look even smaller by her presence.
Poetry
Edgar Kunz
Alone now in Oakland. Thin cloud rusting / over Temescal, garlic simmering // in the pan, lavender potted and long dead in the breezeway.
Fiction
Sidik Fofana
My nigga Boons came home on the fourth. I ain't seent the nigga in four years, so when I heard he was out I'm like, Imma scoop the nigga first thing this evening.
Archival Content Poetry
Mary Oliver
The deed took all my heart. / I did not think of you, / Not till the thing was done.
Craft Lecture
Mary Jo Salter
“Paints and scrapes, paints and scrapes”—the artist at work is not merely putting paint on a canvas, but scraping it off.
Walt Evans
In her first published essay, a 1961 piece for Vogue titled “Self-Respect,” Joan Didion wrote that “people with self-respect have the courage of their mistakes. They know the price of things.” Two years later, the late Andre Dubus published his first story, “The Intruder,” in the Spring 1963 Sewa...
Spencer Hupp
Charles Martin’s newest offering, Future Perfect, deals principally with things past. The book’s material includes sources as disparate as Euripides’s Medea, the Voyager 1 space probe, the mystery of Weldon Kees, Giuseppe Belli’s sonnets, four-million-year-old hominin footprints from Tanzania, an...
John Domini
Laura van den Berg’s second novel, The Third Hotel, piques our interest on the basis of setting alone: Cuba just after the easing of US restrictions. That’s only the first exotic touch. The protagonist, Clare, has come to Havana for a movie festival featuring an edgy new horror flick, and swiftly...
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