The Oxford American is proud to release its 88th issue, which features 128 pages of art and writing, including new essays by Frances Mayes, Ron Rash, and Chris Offutt, who was recently nominated for a National Magazine Award for his essays in the OA.
The issue has a special section on Southern food curated by John T. Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the OA’s longtime “Local Fare” columnist. The section is titled “Breaking Bread: Who is welcome at the welcome table?” Besides Edge and Offutt, contributors are Kevin Young; Lolis Eric Elie on the late Rudy Lombard; Sara Roahen on Lance Hill’s campaign to save the mirliton; and Todd Kliman on the absence of African-American diners from restaurants in Washington, DC.
A few more highlights from the issue: Stephanie Elizondo Griest explores artists’ responses to the border wall in South Texas; Justin Nobel travels the 150-mile path of the super tornado that ravaged Alabama in 2011; William Giraldi profiles documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee; Anne Gisleson visits Carcosa of True Detective fame; and more, including new fiction by John McManus.
The issue’s cover image is “Sunshine on Peaches,” a painting by Ben Schonzeit. There are more than thirty paintings and photographs printed in the magazine by artists such as Carroll Cloar, Maurice Sheriff, Amy Friend, and others.