By Jordan Cochran
For the fifth time, Reinhardt University published the James Dickey Review (JDR) to showcase bodies of work that reflect elements of James Dickey’s writing.
The JDR publishes well-respected poetic voices that include Ted Kooser, Philip Lee Williams, Alicia Ostriker, Alice Friman, Artress Bethany White, Virgil Suarez, Marilyn Nelson, Kim Addonizio, Stephen Corey, Gary Kerley and Denise Duhamel.
Bill Walsh, director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Reinhardt, serves as the publication’s literary editor. He works as an ambassador for the journal, searching across the country and abroad for writers to publish in upcoming editions. Walsh wants readers to know that this issue upholds the magazine’s consistent quality.
“Like every issue, it is full of forward-thinking ideas and world-class writing,” said Walsh.
Volume 36 consists of interviews with Billy Redden, the “banjo boy” from the film “Deliverance,” and all-time leading LPGA winner Kathy Whitworth. Readers will also find fiction from Phil Lee Williams and poetry by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser.
"The works in JDR 36 are moving, brilliant, and, at times, transporting,” said Dr. Mark Roberts, interim president at Reinhardt and editor of the JDR. “But none of these works would have made it into a single volume had it not been for the editorial staff. Most of the works were selected and edited by our Etowah Valley MFA students, with a keen eye toward publishing the best of literary writing and representing a diversity of perspectives. As one might imagine, the enduring strangeness imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the scourge of racism occupy much of our writers' thoughts. Reading the journal from front to back is tantamount to taking the pulse of the literary mind at a crucial point in human history."
The James Dickey Review publishes works that study James Dickey’s poetry, fiction, screenplays and non-fiction, and short reflections and meditations on Dickey as a person. The JDR also publishes all forms of creative writing that affiliate with Dickey’s themes, style and literary experimentation, along with critical reflection essays by contemporary writers, analyzing the influence of Dickey on their work and others. The magazine also publishes book reviews.