Winter 2014


This issue marks a shift in the way Barely South Review will be publishing. It includes craft interviews with some of the writers who appeared at Old Dominion University’s 36th Annual Literary Festival in October 2013.

We’ve returned to our original website here at And we’ve made the move for a number of reasons. We want easy access and navigability for our readers. We want to take advantage of all of the opportunities that online publishing has to offer. So this website is our new-old home. There will be many changes in the coming months as we update this website to offer readers the best possible online magazine experience. This is an exciting time for us, and we hope you’ll continue returning, checking out our progress.

But many things will not change. As always, we have two submission periods: one in the fall and one in the spring. All works accepted in the fall submission period (September 1 – November 30) will appear in our spring issue, and works accepted during the spring submission period (January 1 – March 31) will appear in our fall issue. Check out our Submission Guidelines for more information.

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Nonfiction. There are three prizes totaling $850. Check out our Submittable page for more information. This year’s judge is Claire Dederer.

I’d like to thank the amazing staff of readers and editors here at BSR for making our transformation possible. I’d also like to thank our readers, our contributors, our interviewees, and our faculty director, Dr. Luisa Igloria.

Come see us at AWP in Seattle. And please come to our reading at Naked City Brewery on Thursday, February 27 from 2 – 4:30 pm. You can find details about the event here.

Geoff Watkinson, Managing Editor

Table of Contents

Pop Culture and Narrative: What The Beatles and Comic Books Taught Lysley Tenorio
Fiction and Family: An Interview with Virginia Pye
Rain, Introspection, and The Other: An Interview with David Mura
Race, Religion, and Culture: An Interview with Dr. Remica Bingham
Mood Enough to Witness: An Interview with Ross Gay
Death and Identity – Discovering Vision as an Artist: An Interview with Michael Klein