The Winter 2015 issue of South Writ Large contemplates the role of nostalgia and memory in shaping creative expression. Our recollections may be unreliable witnesses to the facts, but the sum of our experiences shapes our present, informs our sense of self, and inspires our hopes for the future. How and why do we cull through our recollections to formulate an identity and a worldview? We may think of nostalgia as a particularly Southern characteristic, but there is universal yearning to question the past and bring it into focus in a coherent perspective. This issue offers a wide range of contributions inspired by looking to a past that is very much part of our culture today.