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Rooted in the Southern experience.

Relevant to the ever-changing cultural landscape of literature, art, and music for over 30 years. 

Support the Oxford American’s 2024 Mid-Year Giving Campaign.



At the Oxford American, we believe in the power of storytelling to ease our bitter hours and bring joy to the table. 

We’re here to capture the ineffable essence of the South–that undefinable Southern THANG – in all its messy THANG-ness.

The South has always been home to great writers and storytellers, their prolific presence a testament to the region’s intellectual and cultural richness. In return, Southern storytellers have long demonstrated, and often remarked upon, a strong sense-of-place.

Consequently, Oxford American has always had a reason to exist.

With every issue and web feature, the Oxford American reaches thousands of readers with content that embodies the complexity and vitality of the South. Our pages testify to the pursuit of something profoundly honest, singularly good, and undeniably beautiful. We are a living archive of the Southern story. We cultivate the Southern canon.

In everything, the Oxford American remains committed to exploring the physical, intellectual, and spiritual hungers that drive us forward.

Nonetheless, producing a publication that consistently delivers thought-provoking, emotionally resonant content is no small feat. It requires the tireless efforts of our talented writers, editors, and artists.

It also requires the support of our dedicated OA family; folks like you.

This year, we’ve set a target to raise $20,000 from July 1 to July 31. These funds will help us support emerging writers and artists, with a specific focus on those with non-dominant identities, and continue to share the South in all its complexity through diverse and surprising ideas, voices, writing styles, works of art, and musical traditions.

How Your Gift Makes a Difference:

  • $100: Help us license music for the annual Southern Music Issue CD sampler. Your contribution ensures that we can continue to showcase the South's rich musical heritage. Each year, our Southern Music Issue CD sampler features a curated selection of songs from emerging and established artists, introducing readers to the diverse sounds of the region.

  • $250: Support an Eyes on the South photo series on the web. Your donation enables us to commission and publish captivating visual narratives that offer unique perspectives on the South. Through our Eyes on the South series, we feature the work of talented photographers who document the region's landscapes, communities, and stories.

  • $500: Send a writer on a fact-finding mission for a dispatch from the South. Your generosity empowers us to fund in-depth reporting and storytelling from across the region. By supporting a writer's fact-finding mission, you help us uncover the stories that matter most to our readers. 

  • $2,500: Support an intern for a semester. Your investment in our internship program helps nurture the next generation of Southern storytellers. By supporting an intern for a semester, you provide a valuable opportunity for a young writer, editor, or publisher to gain hands-on experience in the world of magazines. Your gift not only benefits the individual intern but also contributes to the long-term vitality of the Oxford American and the Southern literary community.


With every donation of $50 or more, you will be entered to win our Backyard Bliss Bundle, valued at $300. This exclusive bundle includes:

  • A custom-embroidered OA Baggu picnic blanket 

  • A custom-wrapped OA YETI Rambler mug

  • The 2023 Ballads Music Issue, autographed by folk music legend Dom Flemons

  • The 2020 Greatest Hits Issue, autographed by Memphis Soul artist Talibah Safiya

  • Southern Gothic Oracle card deck, generously donated by our friends at La Panthère Studio

  • The beloved “Get Outside” dad hat + tote bag

  • A 2024 Memphis Music Issue + Limited-Edition Vinyl Bundle (to be shipped in Winter 2024)

Every $50 donation gets you an entry to win our Backyard Bliss Bundle!


When you support the Oxford American, you’re not just giving a gift - you’re making a statement—a statement that independent publications matter and the Southern magazine of Great Writing should live on.

A statement that the complexity and vitality of the South is worth exploring, and that in the pursuit of such, we might just find our common humanity. 

Show your love for independent publishing and Southern storytelling with a donation to the Oxford American!