The Boy in the Tree

Wallace Harkins was assured of being a contented man, by and large. When troubles came, even small ones looked bigger than they would to anyone with large ones. Yet he often puzzled over...

The Lies We Live

I juxtapose American Indian and Southeastern cultures because, despite their elaborate costumes of distinctiveness, I can’t really see the difference between them. Both are communities...

Portfolio: Vollis Simpson Whirligigs

When I would sit and talk with Vollis Simpson at his repair shop, near Lucama, Wilson County, North Carolina, he would often voice his irritation about folks who littered and wasted. He...

Fat Tuesday, Anytime

In our multi-cultural college town, Mardi Gras is more about saying goodbye to winter austerity than hello to forty days of Lent. We are way overdue for a feast!

Anything You Love

Afterwards he feels light. He feels like celebrating. If he knew where to find a bar in Greensboro he could go out for a drink. Just one, and feel even lighter.

Portfolio: Containers, Wrapping, Tying, Architectural Form, And Modular Thinking

The shotgun house form, in single and double units, is the ubiquitous New Orleans house form and is also common throughout the Gulf South and Caribbean with roots in Africa and the ancient...

Sermon at the Service of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation

Those chains connect us all: West Africa, Haiti and Havana, North America, England and Europe – we are all connected, and have been for centuries.

Lala Ngoxolo, Tata: A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Growing up in South Africa was a dislocating, almost schizophrenic experience. Living in a society that reserved jobs, land, and education for a minority of people, I was deeply struck by...

Poetry and Artwork

Some Single Girls Are said to possess psychological problems this is not a third world phenomenon

What Blue Actually Looks Like

The house became a person we knew. A third member of our marriage. Every repair revealed a layer of the house's history. A flaw, a stroke of genius, a work of slipshod make-do.

Come Landfall

Cam had heard the story countless times of the tumultuous voyage on the South China Sea. Despite the tragedies that befell them, Daddy believed that, thanks to the goddess of mercy, they...

Winter 2014

Winter is a time of quiet regeneration. The New Year marks the passage from the riotous abundance of the holidays to the calm renewal of energy that leads us to Spring. In the spirit of the season, the Winter 2014 issue of South Writ Large explores the themes of destruction and reconstruction. Our contributors write about the transformation of discarded objects into works of art; the wreckage of buildings, families, and relationships; the relationship between forgiveness and reconciliation, and, on the lighter side, the re-imagining of a classic Southern dish, gumbo.  Lastly, we take a moment to remember a global hero who dedicated his life to rebuilding a nation destroyed by systematic injustice, Nelson Mandela.