Welcome to the Sewanee Review
We invite you to take your rightful place in history
with America's oldest continuously published
literary quarterly in your hands.
We are pleased to announce the release
of our spring issue of 2013,
Poetry and the Critical Eye,
an exploration of the power and potential of verse
and the second issue of our 121st volume!
Downwind from the reactor
baking a fresh batch
of weapons-grade plutonium,
we made a desert
out of family and called it peace.
—Debora Greger, “Surplus Poem”
Take hold of the direct literary line to Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Hart Crane, Anne Sexton, Harry Crews, and Fred Chappell—not to mention Andre Dubus and Cormac McCarthy, whose first stories were published in the Sewanee Review and James Dickey, whose poetry was first published by us in 1951. At 120 years young, we are old school in the best way possible. We have been honored by time, and in return we strive to be traditional without being quaint and innovative without being mutinous.
The success of a magazine in America is judged by its survival. Published since 1892 by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the Sewanee Review has never missed an issue . . . so you be the judge . . . please! Take a look, or take another look, beneath the pale blue cover; we think you'll be surprised. In issues that cohere around broad themes like Southern letters, the literature of war, and the modern Catholic novel (to name a few), the editor has cultivated a distinguished group of writers whose work regularly appears in this storied publication, as well as a few talented newcomers in each issue. In fact, we welcomed eighteen new contributors in 2012! The Sewanee Review is unique in the field of letters for its rich tradition of excellence in poetry, fiction, and memoir, and for its dedication to straightforward, no-nonsense literary criticism.