Southwestern American Literature is a biannual scholarly journal that includes literary criticism, fiction, poetry, and book reviews concerning the Greater Southwest.
Since its inception in 1971, the journal has published premier works by and about some of the most significant writers of the region.
Southwestern American Literature is indexed in The MLA International Bibliography, which can be found in most North American and European higher-education institutions, and Humanities International Complete, which can be found in libraries throughout North America.
This veterans' issue compounds the momentum of last fall, as it embodies an experience, point-of-view, and voice in our region—in our country —that is often misunderstood, misrepresented, and/or overshadowed by long-established social and literary conventions.
When we started this project, our mission was to provide a multifaceted perspective of our men and women who join the military, serve our country, and return to civilian life. To accumulate this perspective, we opened submissions to veterans, current service men and women, and family members and friends of veterans. Hoping to provide a genuine, dynamic presentation of the military experience, we also opened submissions to atypical forms, including but not limited to personal testimonies, song lyrics, journal entries, and historical documents. As a result, you will read personal narratives that recount psychosis, prejudice, disconnection, and tribute. You will encounter song lyrics that express disillusionment. You will find contributors’ service details and statements attesting the role writing played during and after military life. You will receive the perspectives of an ex-wife, a son, a daughter, and a friend.
Current Issue: Volume 38, Number 2 • Spring 2013