“Perhaps the most important (i.e. generative, inspiring, provoking) avant-garde work comes from often overlooked and decentered (literally, written in places not thought of as the centers of poetry activity) stubborn individualities.”

-Hank Lazer

The Local Spotlight will seek to turn spectacle into display: The South will thoughtfully report on the South. We will talk to artists, writers, academics, and activists. We will conduct interviews, record readings, share their poems, essays and art work.

Our team has spent time discussing what defines the “South.” Is it boundaries and borders? Geographical formations? weather? Insects? We haven’t discovered an answer. Our definition of the south will therefore be fluid and constantly changing as we embark on this endeavor. We hope yours will be too.