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Issue 94, Fall 2016

In the Oxford American’s 94th issue, Rachel Monroe, a 2016 Livingston Award finalist, reports on the radical activist community of tiny Lake Worth, Florida. In West Virginia, Catherine Venable Moore investigates the worst industrial disaster in U.S. history (with wet-plate photographs by Lisa Elmaleh).

The issue also includes Asher Elbein’s chronicle of the rise and fall of a black cult in rural Georgia; fiction by George Singleton and Ben Stroud; a critical appreciation of Lillian Smith by Diane Roberts; a graphic essay by Kristen Radtke; and much more. The cover image is “Fay & Persimmon” by Ben Davis.


Born Again, by Lyndsie Bourgon

Poke Salad, a story by Stephanie Soileau 

A Good Day, by J. Drew Lanham

Plum Crazy, by Gwendolyn Knapp

The Frog of War, by Jake J. Smith

South Towards Israel, by Andrew Paul

The Safest Place in Kentucky, a graphic essay by Kristen Radtke

¡Viva la Huelga!, by Daniel Blue Tyx

The Gardens of Refugees, by André Gallant

Local Fare: The Harris Hegemony, by John T. Edge


Swallow, by Mira Rosenthal

Dollar General, by Erika Meitner

1973, by David Kirby

The Pastor, by Michael Shewmaker 


Travels in Radical Florida
by Rachel Monroe  

The Road to Tama-Re
A Disappearance, a Con Man, and the Lingering Ruins of His Improvised Religion
by Asher Elbein

Columbus Day
A story by George Singleton

The Book of the Dead
In Fayette County, West Virginia, Expanding the Document of Disaster
by Catherine Venable Moore

My Dear Master Liszt
A story by Ben Stroud


Stay and Resist
Learning from Lillian Smith
by Diane Roberts

Cooking with Chris:
Moon Balls
by Chris Offutt


Art by: Ben Davis, Amy Sherald, Andi Schreiber, Ashleigh Coleman, Karine Laval, Eliot Dudik, Polixeni Papapetrou, Deborah Luster, Heidi L. Kirkpatrick, Bill Aron, Kristen Radtke, Annie Donovan, Tammy Mercure, Aaron Canipe, Julie Branaman, Michelle A. M. Miller, Maury Gortemiller, Anderson Scott, Tom Martin, Lisa Elmaleh, Letitia Huckaby, Carrie Mae Weems, John Baldessari

Cover:  “Fay & Persimmon” by Ben Davis, from the series After Jordan