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Latest issue of literary journal hits newsstands

Collection of 57 works showcases established & new writers, artists

May 28, 2003

By Deidra Jackson
University of Mississippi News Services

OXFORD, Miss. — The latest issue of The Yalobusha Review, the University of Mississippi’s annual literary journal, features short stories by award-winning playwright Shay Youngblood and acclaimed fiction writer Steve Almond.

Twenty-six images, 20 poems, six short stories, three works of creative nonfiction and two translations by other notable writers and artists, as well as UM faculty and students, are highlighted in the publication’s eighth volume. Works by lauded poets Claude Wilkinson of Nesbit and Charles Wright of Virginia also are included in the new edition.

Youngblood and Wilkinson are past John and Renée Grisham writers-in-residence, a prestigious teaching appointment at UM. Editor Joy Wilson, a Department of English graduate student from Palmdale, Calif., worked with a staff of other English graduate students for the current issue.

“As opposed to some university literary magazines where graduate students read some of the unsolicited manuscripts, it is really run by our students, from editorial matters to business management,” said David Galef, the journal’s faculty adviser and administrator for UM’s English graduate program. “Thanks to Joy Wilson and her staff, this year’s issue has a lot of superb writers, and it reads wonderfully.”

Incoming editor Andy Davidson of Lexington, Va., said the journal received more than 600 submissions from throughout the world and described the quality of the works as high. The journal accepts poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography and black-and-white artwork from established and new writers and artists every Aug. 15 through Jan. 15.

Other featured works this year are a joint interview featuring noted North Carolina authors Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle, and a short translation from Cuban writer Diana Chaviano’s “El Hombre, La Hambra, Y El Hambre.”

Founded in 1995, The Yalobusha Review is a collaborative effort between the UM departments of English and Art. It is published each April in conjunction with the master of fine arts programs in creative writing and art. Single issues are $10, and multiple-year subscriptions are $8.

For submission guidelines or to obtain a copy, e-mail the editor at or call the UM Department of English at 662-915-7439. Copies can be purchased from the campus bookstore and Square Books in downtown Oxford.

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