Via Bookslut, the Mobile Register interviews Bret Lott, editor of the Southern Review.
Q: Who are some of the contemporary Southern writers that you are excited about?
A: There’s a young poet named Beth Bachmann who teaches up at Vanderbilt about whom we are quite excited—we published a clutch of fine poems of hers last year, and she has written a wonderful essay reviewing recent poetry that will appear shortly. There’s also a new kid out in Texas, Lee Norment, whose first published piece was in our pages last year. As a literary journal, I think it’s our duty, our calling, if you will, to find those brand-new writers out there whose voices haven’t yet been heard.