Coming September 2022
This anthology features forty talented writers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and other surrounding states that represent a unique part of American culture. While this region is often misunderstood as one type of place, the Mid-South belongs to a little bit of everywhere: part Southwest, part Midwest, part South—always wild. Our area of the country is both a space of its own and part of a larger, complicated Southern world: the “Mid/South.” In this collection, poetry, short stories, and essays offer glimpses into this in-between place as they explore the complexities of our relationships to each other as well as to the natural world. Whether through vivid landscapes, family dramas, or bittersweet love stories, each piece brings more insight into what it means to be from around here.
Mid/South Anthology is the first publication by Belle Point Press, a new independent small press based in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Our mission is to celebrate the literary culture of the American Mid-South: all its paradoxes and contradictions, all the ways it gets us home.
With contributions by Kathy M. Bates, Jim Beaugez, Jack B. Bedell, Cassie E. Brown, Katy Carl, Lesley Clinton, Eli Cranor, Shome Dasgupta, Geffrey Davis, Heather Dobbins, Will Justice Drake, Renee Emerson, Elisheva Fox, Melissa M. Frye, Christian Anton Gerard, Kristen Grace, Taylor Greene, Carolyn Guinzio, Bryan Hurt, Dewayne Keirn, Emily Key, Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster, Timothy Kleiser, Laurie Marshall, Bryan Moats, Scott Morris, Benjamin Myers, Todd Osborne, Suzanne Underwood Rhodes, Whitney Rio-Ross, C.T. Salazar, Gerry Sloan, Tyler Justin Smothers, Carrie Lee South, Casey Spinks, Holly A. Stovall, Bud Sturguess, Gloria Williams Tran, Madeline Trosclair, Seth Wieck