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The Sewanee Review

About The Sewanee Review: Having never missed an issue in 113 years, the Sewanee Review is the oldest continuously published literary quarterly in the country. Begun in 1892 at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the Review is devoted to American and British fiction, poetry, and reviews--as well as essays in criticism and reminiscence.

Contact Information:


735 University Avenue

Sewanee, TN  37383


The Johns Hopkins University Press

2715 N. Charles St.

Baltimore, MD  21218-4363

Phone: (800) 548-1784 or (931) 598-1246


Web: (for subscriptions)

Submission/Subscription Information:

ISSN: 0037-3052 Founded: 1892 Issues per year: 4 Distributors: The Johns Hopkins University Press Issue price: $8 Average pages: 190 Subscription (Ind) 1 year: $25 (print); $30 (online) Subscription (Inst) 1 year: $55 (print); $60 (online) $77 (print & online)

Publisher’s description: Take your rightful place in history and subscribe to the oldest continuously published literary quarterly in America. The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, is the home of this venerable quarterly, begun in 1892. The Sewanee Review is devoted to American and British fiction, poetry, and reviews, as well as essays in criticism and reminiscence. We invite you to 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. Open this pale blue cover and you might find a chest of jewels or a powder keg. Each issue is a brilliant seminar, an unforgettable dinner party, an all-night swap of stories and passionate stances.

Recent issues:

The spring 2014 issue is focused on the literature of war. At the top of the issue, Margot Demopoulos gets our blood pumping with “Hit-and-Run,” an action-packed story set in Crete during World War ii. The issue also contains a number of first-person accounts from the front lines: Christopher Thornton offers a dispatch from Lebanon about the effects of the ongoing war in Syria, as reflected in his conversations with refugees on the street and in cafés; Seymour I. Toll remembers the Battle of the Bulge; and Phillip Parotti tells a side-splitting tale from a naval mission in the Vietnam War.

This issue (Winter 2014) features fiction by Peter Makuck; poetry by Neal Bowers, Peter Cooley, Brian Culhane, Ben Howard, Jayanta Mahapatra, and Floyd Skoot; essays by Brian Boyd, Henry Hart, Eily Grosholz, and David Yezzi; state of letters yb Martin Greenberg, George Keithley, Hilary Masters, Jeffrey Meyers, Jay Parini, and Earl Rovit; and reviews by A. Banerjee, William Virgil Davis, William Harmon, David Middleton, W. Brown Patterson, George Poe, and H.L. Weatherby.

Our essay-issue (Fall 2013) features travel in the literal and metaphorical senses. The road trip, that distinctly American form of pilgrimage, is the central event in Robert Lacy’s poignant essay about traveling with his mother, and—despite his not having a car—the chosen mode of travel for Warner Berthoff, who recounts hitchhiking around the South. Catharine Savage Brosman tests John Donne’s famous dictum, “Every man is an island,” in her essay on life, travel, and a sense of self. Voyeurism, stormy seas, and danger unite in Richard O’Mara’s recounting, while Robert Ashcom remembers a different kind of oceanic peril, writing about his adventures at sea as a young man in the fifties.


last updated 06/09/2014