The Southern Review  
Discipline Literary Journal
Language English
Edited by Cara Blue Adams and Jessica Faust
Publication details
Publisher Louisiana State University
Publication history 1935-1942, 1965-present
Frequency quarterly
ISSN 0038-4534
LCCN 36-25494

The Southern Review, a literary journal co-founded in 1935 by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks and located on the campus of Louisiana State University, publishes fiction, poetry, critical essays, interviews, book reviews, and excerpts from novels in progress by established and emerging writers. The Southern Review appears four times per year and includes reproductions of visual art. When making editorial decisions, The Southern Review continues to rely on Robert Penn Warren's articulation of the mission when he said The Southern Review gives "writers decent company between the covers, and [concentrates] editorial authority sufficiently for the journal to have its own distinctive character and quality."


The Southern Review was co-founded in 1935 by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Penn Warren who served as U.S. Poet Laureate and wrote the classic novel All the King's Men, and renowned literary critic of the New Criticism school, Cleanth Brooks. In 1942, after 28 issues, the journal stopped publishing and started again in 1965. After a long series of highly regarded editors and coeditors, including Charles W. Pimpkin, Cleanth Brooks, Robert Penn Warren, Albert R. Erskine Jr., Lewis P. Simpson, Donald E. Stanford, James Olney, Fred Hobson, Dave Smith, and Bret Lott. Jeanne Leiby served as editor from 2008 until her death in 2011.

The Southern Review authors include 3 Nobel Prize winners, 29 Pulitzer Prize winners, 17 National Book Award winners, and 14 National Book Critics Circle Award winners. Work originally appearing in The Southern Review pages is regularly anthologized in the Best American series, the Pushcart Prize series, and the O. Henry Prize series. In 2006, The Southern Review was awarded first place for Best Journal Design in the CELJ International Awards Competition.

Notable authors who have been published in The Southern Review include Steve Almond, W.H. Auden, Julianna Baggott, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Rick Bass, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Harold Bloom, James Dickey, Stephen Dobyns, Rita Dove, Mona Van Duyn, Claudia Emerson, Ford Madox Ford, Nadine Gordimer, Thom Gunn, Bob Hicok, Tony Hoagland, T.R. Hummer, Erica Jong, David Kirby, Philip Levine, W. S. Merwin, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Oliver, Walker Percy, Robert Pinsky, Stanley Plumly, Katherine Anne Porter, Francine Prose, Ron Rash, Fatima Rashid, Theodore Roethke, Muriel Rukeyser, Philip Schultz, Ron Silliman, George Singleton, Dave SmithTemplate:Dn, William Stafford, Wallace Stegner, Wallace Stevens, Mark Strand, Allen Tate, Helen Vendler, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Dara Wier, Miller Williams, Charles Wright, Jake Adam York, Robert Clark Young.


Jeanne M. Leiby served as editor and director until her death in 2011. Jessica Faust-Spitzfaden is the poetry editor, Cara Blue Adams is the fiction editor, Barbara Neely Bourgoyne is the designer and typesetter, and Leslie A. Green is the business manager. Emily Nemens is the editorial assistant.

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