The spring 2014 edition of The Southampton Review, the literary and art journal published by Stony Brook Southampton, is out now, and this new issue has a focus on fiction writing.
The Southampton Review is dedicated to publishing fiction, nonfiction, plays, screenplays, poetry, literary cartoons, photography and art, and welcomes writers from across the globe whose work is compelling. The pages of The Southampton Review are equally devoted to established and emerging artists.
Volume VIII No. 1, this season’s edition, is a Special Fiction Issue was curation by TSR fiction editor Susan Scarf Merrell. It includes works of memoir and essay, plus poetry. Also in the spring 2014 edition, readers will find visual arts sections including cartoon, photography and art portfolios. Though the type of writing is still varied in this season’s edition of The Southampton Review, every piece of writing and art in the issue “has to do with fiction and storytelling,” said editor-in-chief Lou Ann Walker.
Like all editions of The Southampton Review, authors featured in this issue make up a mix of accomplished and emerging writers and artists, including candidates and alumni from the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton.
The authors of memoir and essay in this edition include Cathy Zimmerman, Ricki Miller and Judy Mandel. Fiction pieces by MFA candidates Christopher Byrd, Jacqueline Goodman and Emily Smith Gilbert and Stony Brook undergraduate Matt Ward are included, along with poetry by Robert Pinsky, Billy Collins, Robert Griffith, Russel Swensen, Rae Gouirand, MFA alumnus Brian Abrams, MFA candidate Carolyn Timbie, and Jordi Alonso, who is matriculating in the MFA program in fall 2014 as a Turner Fellow.
Among all of the contributions, Walker singled out, in Memoir & Essay, John Erman, and, in Fiction, Nahid Rachlin, Edwidge Danticat, Rachel Pastan, and Stephen Dau as writers of notable pieces.
In addition to the “Questions for Robert Pinsky” piece by Kathryn Levy, “On Craft” entries in the spring edition are responses to the question “What Story Influences You Most?” Among the writers who responded are Melissa Bank, Roger Rosenblatt, Nahid Rachlin, Meg Wolitzer, Robert Reeves, Billy Collins, Julie Sheehan, Ursula Hegi and Patricia McCormick.
As for visual arts, the Special Fiction Issue is composed of cartoon portfolios by Barry Blitt and Michael Maslin and a short story told in cartoon panels by Jason Katzenstein. Photographers in the issue include Bastienne Schmidt, Richard Huebner, and Paulette Tavormina, whose work is featured on the front cover. There are also narrative watercolors by Matthew Levine and landscape work by Anita Kusick.
Inside the issue, beyond the pieces themselves, readers can find short summaries of all of the writers and artists to learn more about the contributors.
Copies are now available in area bookstores and at local libraries. Anyone interested in The Southampton Review can also subscribe to publication online at thesouthamptonreview.com/subscribe
For information on the spring edition, call 631-632-5030 or email TheSouthamptonReview@stonybrook.edu