"As a territory, and later a state, Louisiana has survived French rule, Spanish rule, Rebel rule, and even Republican rule. And somehow the people and place have managed to retain their culture and character. Whether it’s been the Natural State, the Dream State, or the Sportsman’s Paradise, Louisiana has always been a state of resiliency, community, and joie de vivre. Poem by poem, the pages of The Southern Anthology, Volume IV: Louisiana demonstrate the variety and resiliency of a state that’s overcome wars, hurricanes, and floods to make more of itself every time. The lines between these covers are as beautiful and diverse as the people of Louisiana, as rich as the state’s history, and as promising as the future we’re all working towards."
—Jack B. Bedell
author of Come Rain, Come Shine and Call and Response
About the Author
PAUL RUFFIN, Volume Co-editor, founder of Texas Review Press, is Texas State University System Regents' Professor and Distinguished Professor of English at Sam Houston State University. He is author of many books of poetry, essays, and fiction. Ruffin served as the 2009 Texas Poet Laureate. WILLIAM WRIGHT, Series Editor and Volume Co-editor, is author of two collections of poetry: Dark Orchard (Texas Review Press, 2005) and The Ghost Narratives (Finishing Line, 2008). His recent poems appear in Epoch, AGNI, North American Review, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Tar River Poetry, and Southern Poetry Review. Wright is founding editor of Town Creek Poetry.