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Issue 109/110, Summer/Fall 2020

Our jam-packed double issue explores the theme of place, an idea as large and unwieldy as our diverse (and disputed) region. This issue is a passionate and essential exploration of the South—from the Ozarks to the coastline to the Delta, from rural communities to urban centers.

Featuring contributions by Minnijean Brown Trickey, Mik Awake, Baynard Woods, Rosalind Bentley, Ansel Elkins, John Lingan, and many others.

Special thanks to the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, the Presenting Sponsor of this issue.

Editor’s Letter: Change and Transformation, by Eliza Borné


A Lesson in Acceptance, by Bryan Washington

May 1, 2020, a poem by Pauletta Hansel

Ways to Keep Breathing, by Mik Awake

Hoods in My Hymnal, by Rachel Louise Martin

Joyride, by Karen Good Marable

The Visitor, by André Gallant

Cara Cara Orange, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil


The Days Are Walking, by Holly Haworth

Back to the Land, by Alice Driver

The Dimming Mystique of Mileston, by W. Ralph Eubanks

Cotton Plant, photographs by Timothy Hursley

Seeds Unbound, an essay by Frederick McKindra


Underneath the Sweet Gum Tree, by Martin Padgett

A Search, a story by Jayne Anne Phillips

Be for a Blessing, by Carly Berlin 

The Silence at Buddy’s House, by John Lingan


The Breaking Point, by Kerry Rose Graning

Because It’s There, by Erik Reece

Hunger for the Water, by Leslie Pariseau

A Ghazal for My Mother, a poem by Vivian Blair Hobbs 


Look for Shape, Look for Shine, by Liam Baranauskas

First Casino on the Moon, a poem by Ansel Elkins

Finding Southern Comfort and The Great Call, by Valerie Boyd

Ex Parvis Magna, by Jamie Quatro

Yellowbelly, by David Searcy


The Blessings and Burden of Forever
Notes on home, family, and our ancestral land
by Rosalind Bentley

Trafficking in Teachers
Filipino teachers, hired to fill historic shortages in the South and elsewhere, fight their exploitation by opportunistic recruiters
by Rachel Mabe

Bitch Baby
A story by Halle Hill

A conversation on Black history, sorrow, and protest
by Minnijean Brown Trickey and Crystal Mercer, moderated by Danielle A. Jackson

Poem for an Election Year
by Marcus Wicker


Resurrection like Green Apple Plastic
Maury Gortemiller’s Do the Priest in Different Voices 
by Jason Bruner

The Condition of Gray Itself
Jasper Johns, Edisto Island, and (un)color 
by Baynard Woods


Art by: Deborah Roberts, Dionne Lee, Esther Pearl Watson, Jessica Fontenot, Jonathan Michael Castillo, Hope Gangloff, Antoine Williams, Haim Alvarez-Correa Brodmeier, Keris Salmon, Hélène Amouzou, Roe Ethridge, Carter/Reddy, John Divola, Matt White, Marion Post Wolcott, Rory Doyle, Timothy Hursley, Susan W. Raines, Johnny Defeo, Bill Aron, John Akomfrah, Jennifer West, John Lusk Hathaway, Jules Buck Jones, Lily Brooks, Caleb Charland, Royal Robertson, Lorna Simpson, Kris Graves, Milton Carter, Camilo Ramirez, Delita Martin, Ron Jude, Devan Shimoyama, Ebony Blevins, Maury Gortemiller, Ugo Mulas, Jasper Johns

Cover: “When you see me” (2019), by Deborah Roberts. Mixed media and collage on canvas. © Deborah Roberts. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Collection: Dallas Museum of Art, Texas