For its 25th issue, The Southampton Review has gotten itself a literary lift.
Featuring work by Rick Moody, Alicia Mountain, Rachel Lyon, Lisa Locascio, Katherine Faw, Scott Cheshire and Aliki Barnstone, the Summer/Fall 2019 edition will be available July 13, with cover art by Christopher Stott.
His painting, “Primary Fan – Red,” will show at this year’s Market Art + Design in Bridgehampton.
“I just knew the painting was going to be the cover,” Emily Smith Gilbert, TSR’s editor-in-chief, said in a statement. “Christopher gives the fan a personality, somehow. The clean lines complement the journal’s new design.”
Featured poet Alicia Mountain moved from Colorado to the East End this June to work at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, making her a clear candidate for the literary journal of the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton — one filled with debut, emerging and established authors, inclusive of marginalized voices, and one in which readers will find themselves represented.
Her poem, “The Owl in the Forest in My Mouth,” appears in the Summer/Fall 2019 issue.
“When I found out Alicia would be in the area I was so excited it feels like an extension of the community of authors and artists we’re building with TSR,” Gilbert said.
The winning essays of the fourth Frank McCourt Memoir Prize contest are also published in this issue. Isabel Seabeck placed first for “Baab,” which Gilbert describes as “a fever dream of being an outsider in a place that is strangely familiar.” Journalist Massoud Hayoun took second place with “Urumqi mon amour,” an essay about searching for a Uyghur ex-boyfriend in Xianjing province. His debut memoir, “When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History,” will be published on Tuesday, June 25, by The New Press.
For more information, visit thesouthamptonreview.com.