Reinhardt University recently published its first issue of the “James Dickey Review,” a nationally recognized literary journal that includes creative work inspired by the famous author of “Deliverance.” The journal also publishes scholarly studies of Dickey’s literature.
The Review, founded in 1984 in Atlanta, Dickey’s hometown, had been housed for several years at Lynchburg University in Virginia. When Reinhardt launched the Etowah Valley MFA in Creative Writing in 2016, the editor of the Review, Casey Clabough, asked the program to inherit the publication of the journal.
Libraries all over the country — including Harvard College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Clemson University — subscribe to the journal, which has long served as a prestigious publication for Southern writers.
The new editor of the Review is Dr. Mark A. Roberts, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs at Reinhardt University. Roberts, a poet as well as a university administrator, is passionate about the opportunity for Reinhardt to publish a nationally recognized journal that curates James Dickey’s literary legacy and to become a hub for the Southern writers of today.
Roberts states that the journal’s mission is to “help readers understand James Dickey’s body of work and to support publication of 21st Century American voices that carry forth Dickey’s imaginative force and literary innovation.”
Reinhardt’s first issue contains work by some of the most accomplished poets in the country, including Stephen Dunn, Stephen Corey, Denise Duhamel and Fred Chappell.
In July, Reinhardt’s Etowah Valley MFA program will celebrate the first issue with a two-day colloquium on Dickey, led by Dickey’s son, Christopher Dickey, who is also a renowned writer and journalist. Other scholars and writers inspired by Dickey will present talks and readings.
Dr. Roberts is assisted in editing the journal by veteran editor and writer Dr. Wayne Glowka, Dean of the School of the Arts and Humanities, and by the faculty and graduate students of the Etowah Valley MFA program, including writers William Walsh and William Wright, both past Georgia Authors of the Year.
The journal can be purchased in print or electronically on Amazon.com or at the Reinhardt University Bookstore. It accepts submissions from Jan. 1-June 1 each year. Send submissions to JamesDickeyReview@reinhardt.edu. Visit www.reinhardt.edu/mfa-cw for information about the Dickey Colloquium and other literary events held on the campus of Reinhardt University.