TSR: The Southampton Review, the literary and art journal published bi-annually by the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing and Literature Program, is back with its 10th Anniversary Edition. As usual the journal has published an eclectic and exciting mix of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, alongside visually stunning art and cartoon portfolios.
The journal is fully devoted to discovering new voices and visions while savoring long-standing favorites and opens its pages to both emerging and established writers and artists.
In the current issue former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and Timothy Liu, two well-established poets with more than 20 published books between them, make up only a fraction of the great poetry. Other poets include current MFA candidates Afua Ansong, Jordan E. Franklin, Adrian Bonenberger and Mitchel King.
Other MFA student work includes short fiction by Lauren Harvey, Caitlin Mullen, Nicole Hebdon and Jeordie; as well as nonfiction by Martina Clark.
Readers will also be treated to new work by local favorites—and MFA faculty— Roger Rosenblatt and Jessica Soffer, whose short and powerful piece, “Apricot Tart” might bring a tear to your eye.
Then there’s that artwork, all of which pops right off TSR’s glossy pages. From the surreal, ghostly figures of Julio Reyes to the abstract patterns formed by rivers, icebergs and shorelines as captured in the photography of Jonathan Smith, the editors have almost outdone themselves. Also included are art portfolios by local artist Scott Bluedorn, Gigi Mills and Corinne Geertsent, whose painting “Stopping by Woods” is featured on the cover.
The issue also includes cartoon portfolios by The New Yorker contributor Michael Maslin as well as Matt Collins and Grant Snider, whose hilarious comic, “adventures of the ampersand,” can be seen in full on the journal’s website, along with other excerpts.
Copies of the journal can be purchased individually or as part of a subscription at local bookstores, by visiting thesouthamptonreview.com or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. An open submission period for the next issue of TSR will open February 1, 2017.