Southern Humanities Review issue 56.3 features the 2023 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize winner, Samyak Shertok, and his poem “Mother Tongue: A Haunting.” Judge Joy Harjo also selected Hussain Ahmed and Shannan Mann as runners-up. Other finalists include Jessica Cohn, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, David Moolten, Jed Myers, Wesley Rothman, Melanie Tafejian, and Felicia Zamora. The rest of the issue is filled with nonfiction by Esinam Bediako and Amy Benson; fiction by Judith Dancoff, Emmett Knowlton, Nicole Simonsen, and Heather Swain; with cover art by André Masson. On October 19, 2023, Southern Humanities Review celebrated the tenth year of the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize at an event presented by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art with the judge and winner in conversation.
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