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Spring 2011 issue of The Georgia Review given over to selected stories and art, 1984-2007

Athens, Ga. – The Spring 2011 Georgia Review, entirely devoted to a reprise of outstanding fiction and visual art from the past quarter-century of issues, both emphasizes and magnifies this National Magazine Award-winning journal’s commitment to the ongoing importance of the short-story form, whose practitioners in this country have included many of our greatest writers-from Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne to Henry James and Flannery O’Connor, and through John Updike and Joyce Carol Oates.

Oates is one of the nineteen writers represented in this new issue, along with fellow National Book Award-winner Barry Lopez, Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler, and such impassioned, widely published short-story devotees as Ohio’s Lee K. Abbott, Georgia’s Mary Hood, Oregon’s Marjorie Sandor, and South Carolina’s George Singleton.

However, the story is always the thing at The Georgia Review, not the author, so “A Home in Other People”-the title the editors have given this short-fiction feature-also includes outstanding work from some writers who have flown even below the radar of many story aficionados: Margaret Benbow, Rene Houtrides, Phyllis Moore, and the late Ronder Thomas Young.

The words of these and the other included authors are complemented by word-related visual art reprinted from the same twenty-five-year span. Selected by managing editor and art director Mindy Wilson, they include internationally known artist Jerry Uelsmann’s flaming desk on the cover, as well as work by Thomas Allen, Melissa Harshman, Maggie Taylor and more.

In 1986 The Georgia Review’s spring issue was a retrospective of stories from the journal’s first forty years. Founded in 1947 at the University of Georgia and published at the university quarterly ever since, the Review is now in its sixty-fifth year.

A judging panel for the National Magazine Awards competition has called The Georgia Review “a sanctuary for writers who want to think and write, and for readers who want to read and think,” and the Magazine Association of the Southeast has said that “the common thread in the stories, essays, and reviews that run through this quarterly is that they are beautifully written, often timeless, and in an era of disposable culture, worth saving.” Novelist and journalist Terry Kay said the The Georgia Review is “simply the best literary publication in America, period.”

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