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Issue 114, Fall 2021

The Oxford American’s Southern Literature Issue includes original short fiction by PEN/Faulkner Award winner Deesha Philyaw, as well as stories by Dawnie Walton, Mary Miller, and others. This issue also features five blues poems by the Afro-Futurist writer and Arkansas native, Henry Dumas.

Plus: West Virginia state folklorist Emily Hilliard revisits writer Breece D’J Pancake’s hometown of Milton, while S. J. Kim explores Southern Gothic themes through the poetry of Louisiana native Yusef Komunyakaa.

“This issue aims to reveal the literature of the South as prismatic and dynamic,” Danielle A. Jackson writes in her editor’s letter. “We wanted to reimagine the canon, revisit classics in new and striking ways, and introduce a new vanguard of literary adventurers, soothsayers, and prophets.”