Southern Lights

75 Years of the Carolina Quarterly

Edited by Sophia Houghton, Kylan Rice, Daniel Wallace

260 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7456-8
    Published: November 2023
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-7457-5
    Published: October 2023

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In the world of literary journals and little magazines, the Carolina Quarterly is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the South. Founded in 1948 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the magazine has published many luminaries of modern and contemporary literature, including Robert Morgan, Evie Shockley, Joyce Carol Oates, Doris Betts, and others. This anthology gathers some of the best work from the last three-quarters of a century, along with an informative essay about the journal's history and impact. The volume reminds us of the ways small literary journals reflect the voices of their region and changed the literary landscape. This work reaches beyond the imagined boundaries of a single university or single state. Thus the anthology also celebrates a form—the student-run literary journal—that has shaped the regional and national conversation and reflects the astounding accomplishment of the Carolina Quarterly over the past seventy-five years.

About the Authors

Sophia Houghton is a recent graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and current graduate student at Columbia University.

For more information about Sophia Houghton, visit the Author Page.

Kylan Rice is the author of An Image Not a Book, a collection of poems, and Incryptions, a collection of essays.

For more information about Kylan Rice, visit the Author Page.

Daniel Wallace is J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of many novels, including Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish.

For more information about Daniel Wallace, visit the Author Page.


"What a gift Sophia Houghton, Kylan Rice, and Daniel Wallace have given us with this sharply edited, ingeniously organized anthology. Wade into nature with a short story by Wendell Berry; consider the path of love with Adriana Páramo; or root yourself in place with Ha Jin. Any journey through Southern Lights rewards the reader in much the same way the Carolina Quarterly has over seventy-five impressive years: with a capacious but always specific sense of what the South was, is, and can be."—Belle Boggs, author of The Art of Waiting

"This anthology reserves the original goals of the Carolina Quarterly—to expand upon the idea of regionalism and represent the modern South—while simultaneously linking the journal's past and present as a way to explore the possibilities of the future. A moving case study of how writing reaches into our collective psyches over time."—Matthew Wimberley, author of Daniel Boone's Window