Notes for an Epilogue: Documenting Rural Romania

Tamas Dezso (b. 1978, Budapest) is a fine-art documentary photographer whose recent work focuses on long-term engagement with margins of society in Hungary, Romania, and other parts of Eastern Europe. Dezso started off as a domestic photojournalist, then a decade …

Tamas Dezso’s award-winning photographs have appeared in publications such as TIME, the New York Times, National Geographic, PDN, Le Monde Magazine, the Sunday Times, the British Journal of Photography, and others. He is represented by the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco, and he has had solo exhibitions in Brussels, Budapest, Bratislava, New York, Santa Fe, and elsewhere.

Goodness in Mississippi

—After Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool,”
    with thanks to Terrance Hayes

 

My friend said I wasn’t fat but she was, and we

would go on that way, back and forth. She was my first real 

 

friend, the kind

LaWanda Walters is the author of a forthcoming book of poems, Light Is the Odalisque, selected by Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root for the Silver Concho Series at Press 53. Her “Goodness in Mississippi,” originally published in The Georgia Review (Winter 2013) was chosen by Sherman Alexie for Best American Poetry 2015.

Dead Last Is a Kind of Second Place

Jell-O Pudding Pops that preserve the wavelike peaked shape of your lips. Little Debbie Fudge Brownies that break in half along a groove in the frosting. Summer sausages like No. 2 pencils, cling-wrapped together on a Styrofoam platter. Strawberry Fruit …

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of nine books, including The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories (Pantheon, 2020), from which the three stories in this issue are taken. Some of his earlier contributions to The Georgia Review were reprinted in the Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies. His work has been translated into eighteen languages. He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.

Fiction That Performs As Only Fiction Can: An Interview with Ann Pancake

John Brown Spiers: To what extent do you think a novel needs to be dependent upon plot? You’ve spoken of what you perceived to be your own deficiencies with plot while writing Strange As This Weather Has Been, but …