Barely South: “Great Writing in Myriad Forms”

Cotton Ball No. 1, Roberto Westbrook

I  was very happy to learn yesterday that  the Barely South Review is a new literary journal in electronic format, housed at Old Dominion University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. 

Twenty creative writing pieces are now online, and the program currently is accepting submissions for its next edition.  Submission guidelines are available on the website.

The “About” page describes the program this way:

The students and faculty of Old Dominion University’s MFA program in Creative Writing form a lively and supportive community of writers in beautiful southeastern Virginia.  The Tidewater region’s story is shaped by its history and its diversity—by its dynamic fusion of old and new.  There is great complexity in any form or creative assertion of “here”, and it is in this spirit that Barely South Review embraces the opportunity to feature works from emerging as well as established writers.  We are interested in great writing in its myriad forms.  We seek to present many voices, especially those that defy easy regional, thematic, and stylistic categorization.

I emphasize the last line, because it resonates with my personal interest in not only the  new “New South” but also in what my friend Becky calls “the transcendent new nation of Appalachia.”  Sheri Reynolds is among those on the distinguished editorial advisory board for Barely South.  Anyone who has spent even a little time with Sheri knows her to be a focused mind and wise heart no matter what she does, but most people recognize her as a compelling writer and the author of, among many works, The Rapture of Canaan.

If you are a writer, or know someone whose work may be a good match for this wonderful new endeavor, please investigate and share Barely South.  There are many stories yet to be told…….you could be the one to tell them.

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