In the Oxford American’s 94th issue, Rachel Monroe, a 2016 Livingston Award finalist, reports on the radical activist community of tiny Lake Worth, Florida. In West Virginia, Catherine Venable Moore investigates the worst industrial disaster in U.S. history (with wet-plate photographs by Lisa Elmaleh).
The issue also includes Asher Elbein’s chronicle of the rise and fall of a black cult in rural Georgia; fiction by George Singleton and Ben Stroud; a critical appreciation of Lillian Smith by Diane Roberts; a graphic essay by Kristen Radtke; and much more. The cover image is “Fay & Persimmon” by Ben Davis.
Art by Ben Davis, Amy Sherald, Andi Schreiber, Ashleigh Coleman, Karine Laval, Eliot Dudik, Polixeni Papapetrou, Deborah Luster, Heidi L. Kirkpatrick, Bill Aron, Kristen Radtke, Annie Donovan, Tammy Mercure, Aaron Canipe, Julie Branaman, Michelle A. M. Miller, Maury Gortemiller, Anderson Scott, Tom Martin, Lisa Elmaleh, Letitia Huckaby, Carrie Mae Weems, John Baldessari
Cover: “Fay & Persimmon” by Ben Davis, from the series After Jordan