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Issue 98, Fall 2017

The Oxford American’s twenty-fifth anniversary continues with the magazine’s 98th issue, which includes the final installment in a series of excerpts from Jesmyn Ward’s new novel Sing, Unburied, Sing. Reflection on Southern history is a recurring theme in the issue. “It is an ongoing project,” editor Eliza Borné writes, “reckoning with our past, making the South a better place to live and dream and learn and work.”

Contributors include: David Ramsey, Danielle Chapman, Chris Offutt, Kaveh Akbar, Bob Hicok, Kevin A. González—and many more.

Editor’s Letter: Right in Time, by Eliza Borné


What Happens Next, by Paul Crenshaw

Soul Meeting, by Jonathan Bernstein

Another Country, by Osayi Endolyn

Needful Expression, by Michael Collins 

The Kitler, a story by Amina Gautier

The Hunter, by Gabriel Daniel Solis 

Removal, by Jeanie Riess

Lunchtime at Rancho Grande, by Diane Roberts  


American Persimmon, by Rose McLarney

Astrology, by Kaveh Akbar

The Return, by Bob Hicok

Luck, by Jenny Browne

Ghost Story, by Jacob Shores-Argüello


Honky-Tonk Man
We both loved Gary Stewart, and we both loved Grace
by David Ramsey

A story by Jesmyn Ward

The Socialist Experiment
A new-society vision in Jackson, Mississippi
by Katie Gilbert

The Country Way
Sketches of Tennessee
by Danielle Chapman

Los Vampiri
A story by Kevin A. González 


Becoming Integrated
Trying to achieve black selfhood in Little Rock
by Frederick McKindra 

Old Woods and Deep
Traces of Cormac McCarthy’s Knoxville
by Noah Gallagher Shannon

Cooking with Chris: 
The Country Sausage That's Going To Town
by Chris Offutt 


Art by:  Leo Touchet, Kohshin Finley, Derrick Adams, Aaron R. Turner, Shoshanna Weinberger, Lindsay Metivier, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Farrah Karapetian, Alexander Missen, Mauro C. Martinez, Mark Flood, Diego Camposeco, Heather Oelklaus, Rett Peek, Trip Burns, Marlo Pascual, Daniel Pagán, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Huger Foote, Kevin Horan

Cover: New Orleans jazz funeral, 1969. © 2017 Leo Touchet,