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April 2010

Cotton Ball No. 1, Roberto Westbrook

Welcome to Barely South Review, the new literary journal in electronic format housed in Old Dominion University’s MFA in Creative Writing program!  We hope you will enjoy this debut issue, and follow us through succeeding issues in the coming years.

The MFA program is part of the English Department at ODU; it began in 1994 with twelve students and three creative writers, and continues to grow with vigor. Today, a range of 25-35 students each semester work with the program’s talented 7-member creative writing faculty in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Our writers accomplish a great deal, even while they are in the program: they have published fiction and nonfiction books with major publishers, stories and poems in national literary magazines and journals, articles and reviews in major newspapers; they receive prestigious citations, awards, and grants.

Part of the valuable experience and exposure they gain in the program includes the opportunity to assist in the internationally recognized, annual ODU Literary Festival; to lead writing workshops in a variety of venues in the year-long Writers in Community program; and to work one-on-one with nationally renowned poets and writers in ODU’s Writer-in-Residence Program (offered in both the fall and spring semesters). With the addition of Barely South Review to the range of our program experiences, we are excited to give our writers another venue for offering their skills in literary service to a broader reading and writing community.

We look forward to bringing you an original and arresting collection of stories, poems, essays, features and reviews with each issue of Barely South Review.

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