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Issue 118, Fall 2022

This fall, our writers contemplate origins, places left behind, inexplicable loss, as well as people and possessions lost to time. The issue taps into the senses: the sound of the natural landscape in Puerto Rico, the taste of an abandoned bend in the Mississippi River, the feel of driving country roads in Louisiana. New fiction from Elias Rodriques explores the difference between growing up and maturing, and in Farah Jasmine Griffin’s new essay, she searches for an ancestral home in middle Georgia. The issue also includes stories from country musician, Margo Price, frequent OA contributors Leslie Pariseau and Ben Hedin, and debut fiction from Little Rock-born Meghan Reed.

Editor's Letter: To The West by Danielle A. Jackson


The Mustang, by Gwen Thompkins

Cavities and Debris, a story by Melody Moezzi

Stumbling Stone, by Benjamin Hedin

Marble City Mourning, by Mariah Rigg

Wednesday in Athens, by Patrick D. McDermott

The Spirit of the Bend, by Jarrett Van Meter

Sting Like a Bee, by Leslie Pariseau


Where the Animals Sleep at Night
A story by Meghan Reed

Undetermined Circumstances
Disappearance and discovery in American waters
by D.T. Lumpkin

El Coquí Siempre Canta
Listening for the ambient sounds of home
by Maria Sherman

Fifty-Seven Dollars
An excerpt from Maybe We'll Make It: A Memoir
by Margo Price

A story by Elias Rodriques

Eastman, GA. 2022
A search for a Southern past
by Farah Jasmine Griffin


Diptychs by Mikey Swanberg and Erika Meitner


Coming Up Fancy
The ever-expanding identity of a Southern gothic epic
by Jewly Hight

Hope After "Dopesick"
An interview with Beth Macy
Q&A by Carter Sickels


Art by: Jeffrey Gibson, Adrienne Elise Tarver, Yatika Starr Fields, Peter Fisher, Eliot Greenwald, Arghavan Khosravi, Bear Allison, Melanie Willhide, Margaret Curtis, Charlie Boss, Miranda Bruce, Pableaux Johnson, Luis Lazo, Rae Klein, Renee Hannis, WC Bevan, Curran Hatleberg, Rachel Boillot, Jewel Ham, Georgette Baker, Mahsa Merci, Elijah Gowin 

Cover: THE FUTURE IS PRESENT, 2019. Digital print, silkscreen, collage, gloss varnish, custom color frame, by Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band of Choctaw, Cherokee) © The artist. Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; Roberts Projects, Los Angeles; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London