‘Tis the season to help the Sewanee Review celebrate the publication of its fall issue and the wrap-up of its 121st year, on Tuesday, December 3, at 8 p.m. in the McGriff Alumni House. Like the magazine itself, these open houses are fast becoming a traditional night of literary revelry and surprise.
Throughout its long and storied history the Sewanee Review has fostered a thriving literary tradition in America and in our community. Having remained in print since 1892—the longest sustained publishing run of any magazine of its kind—the Sewanee Review still attracts some of the most passionate and provocative writers in the world, new and old hands alike. Cormac McCarthy published the opening chapters to his first novel The Orchard Keeper here, where Flannery O’Connor’s tragicomic short stories have also appeared. The archive includes significant writers of the past century: Rilke, Wallace Stevens, T. S. Eliot, Walker Percy, Eudora Welty, Dylan Thomas, Robert Penn Warren, Albert Camus, William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath, Saul Bellow, Seamus Heaney, W. H. Auden, Anne Sexton, Wendell Berry, and many many others all published on the mountain, in the Sewanee Review!
Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend the Fall Open House for food, drink, prizes, and short readings from Oliver Crawford, Meg Hall, Hastings Hensel, Sara Jane Kachelman, Ross Macdonald, Richard Milby, Maggie Dunlap, Lisa Howick, Becca Hannigan, and April Alvarez. You will hear some of the Review’s noted voices from the past as well as new work from Innocents and Others Abroad, our fall issue on travel and memoir—getting away to return to yourself. A reception, courtesy of Julia’s, will be served, while guests enter multiple drawings for door prizes, including two valises packed with poetry and fiction by SR authors (both those who write for us and those we write about), a Barnes and Noble gift certificate, a year’s subscription to the SR, and a writer’s toolbox for when your story or poem breaks down.