Welcome to the inaugural issue of South Writ Large, a quarterly magazine that explores the relationship of the American South to the wider world. The magazine presents the many viewpoints that reflect a Global South, as things southern fan out into the larger world and the world takes root in the South. The stories, poems, artwork, oral recordings, and videos we publish will offer an understanding of how people experience the changing South in their daily lives, both from within the region and outside of it. In this first issue you will find work that addresses hybrid identity, the juggling of two worlds, passage, and affiliation.
This issue of South Writ Large is dedicated to Wilmer Mills, a poet, a teacher, and a loving, talented, and genuine person. He was a valued member of the Global South Working Group who passed away after battling liver cancer this summer. Wil’s work was published in The New Republic, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Poetry, The New Criterion, Shenandoah, and Literary Imagination, among others. He will be remembered and missed.