Welcome to the Spring 2015 Issue of Barely South Review featuring new poetry by Jill McDonough, Jennifer Met, Kathryn Merwin, Lauren Yarnall, Keith Gaboury, Hillary Kobernick, Jacqueline Markowski, and Tafisha Edwards, new fiction by Stephen Benz, Leslee Rene Wright, and David Vardeman, creative nonfiction by Laryssa Wirstiuk, Martha Park, and Jonathan McDaniel, and cover art by Vivian Calderon Bogoslavsky.
Starting this year, we’ve set out to raise awareness about our journal’s prestigious history by republishing 1-2 exemplary poems or stories from our days as the Dominion Review in each new issue. As part of this project, we’re pleased to share the work of two poets we admire: “Scene” by Kelly Cherry (volume 16, 1998) and “The Wreck“ by David Kirby (volume 15, 1997). Special thanks to both Kelly and David for the permission to reprint their work, and to the special collections at ODU and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for helping us track down the complete run of the Dominion Review.
We’ll be officially announcing the winners of the 2015 Norton Girault Literary Prize for Poetry, judged by Natalie Diaz, in the coming days, so check back soon! The winning poems will appear in the Fall 2015 Issue of Barely South Review, helmed by our rising managing editor, the peerless Caleb True. Send him your best work when we reopen for submissions in September.
Until then, enjoy the issue.
Michael Alessi, Managing Editor