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The Washington Post
“Oxford American celebrates its hard-won 25th anniversary.” Ron Charles reviews the Spring 2017 issue.

The Clarion-Ledger
“The state of Mississippis DNA is rooted in almost every piece of journalism in the new issue of the Oxford American.” Steven Ward spotlights the 2016 Music Issue in The Clarion-Ledger. (December 23, 2016)

The Charlotte Observer
“This might be the best blues compilation you’ve heard in years.” Roland Wilkerson reviews the 2016 Music Issue in the Charlotte Observer. (December 22, 2016)

Blues Highway
WXOX 97.1 FM in Louisville presents a special show highlighting the 2016 Music Issue, including interviews with OA editor Eliza Borné, senior editor Rebecca Gayle Howell, and managing editor Maxwell George. (December 21, 2016)

Beale Street Caravan
“Imagine the greatest mixtape accompanied by the best liner notes ever.” Oxford American editor Eliza Borné and managing editor Maxwell George discuss the 2016 Music Issue on Beale Street Caravan (national syndication). (December 16, 2016)

Zandria F. Robinson on WKNO
“Her Father's Music: A Redemption in Blues.” Oxford American contributor Zandria F. Robinson adapts her OA essay for WKNO 91.1 in Memphis. (December 12, 2016)

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
“Blues can be all things.” Shea Stewart reviews the 2016 Music Issue in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. (December 11, 2016)

Radio CALS
Oxford American managing editor Maxwell George and executive director Ryan Harris discuss the 2016 Music Issue on Radio CALS, broadcast on community station KABF 88.3 in Little Rock, AR. (December 9, 2016)

Ozarks at Large
Oxford American managing editor Maxwell George and executive director Ryan Harris discuss the 2016 Music Issue on NPR affiliate KUAF 91.3 in Fayetteville, AR. (December 7, 2016)

Next Stop Mississippi
Oxford American editor Eliza Borné and managing editor Maxwell George discuss the 2016 Music Issue on Next Stop Mississippi (Mississippi Public Broadcasting). (December 2, 2016)

City Lights with Lois Reitzes
Oxford American  editor Eliza Borné and managing editor Maxwell George discuss the Georgia Music Issue with NPR affiliate WABE 90.1 in Atlanta.

On Second Thought
Oxford American  managing editor Maxwell George and director of marketing for the Georgia Department of Economic Development Lisa Love discuss the Georgia Music Issue. They are joined by contributor Rodney Carmichael and musician Bill Taft. The show also includes interviews with Gregg Allman and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls.

Texas Matters
Oxford American editor Roger D. Hodge and Texas Music Issue contributors Tamara Saviano, Naomi Shihab Nye, Louis Black, and Michelle García speak with David Martin Davies of Texas Public Radio. (December 2014)

Weekend Edition
Oxford American music editor Rick Clark joins Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition to talk about the Texas Music Issue. (December 2014)

Longform Podcast
Roger D. Hodge on Longform Podcast #76. (January 2014)

Beale Street Caravan
Rick Clark joins syndicated radio program Beale Street Caravan for a "live-in-the-studio listening session of the best mixtape you’ve ever heard." (January 2014; re-broadcast in August 2014)

Weekend Edition
Roger D. Hodge and Rick Clark talk about the Tennessee Music Issue with NPR Weekend Edition’s Scott Simon. (December 2013)

Roger D. Hodge joins Chattanooga’s National Public Radio Affiliate to discuss Tennessee’s contribution to American music. (December 2013)

The Colbert Report
The Oxford American’s editor chats with Steven Colbert. (February 2013)


On numerous occasions, works from the Oxford American have been selected to appear in national acclaimed anthologies, such as Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and Best Food Writing, among others.

The magazine has also won an array of awards, including: 

  • The National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2016
  • The National Magazine Award for Best Video Series in 2011
  • The Utne Independent Press Award for Best Writing in 2005
  • The National Magazine Award for Best Single-Topic Issue in 2004
  • The Utne Independent Press Award for General Excellence in 2000
  • The National Magazine Award for Best Single-Topic Issue in 1999

Here is what the leading media voices are saying about the Oxford American: 

“These [Southern Music Issue] CDs practically belong in the Smithsonian. They are the greatest nonrap mixtapes of our era. If a fire broke out in my house, I would—after saving my family, pets, photos and favorite cocktail shaker—make a beeline for them.”
The New York Times

“Rarely do I read a magazines from cover to cover in one sitting. However, I couldn’t tear myself away from the Oxford American’s Southern Music Issue.”
The Paris Review

“Endearing and polished…thoughtful, surprising. . . . It vaults into the upper tiers of American magazines.”
Washington Post

“One of the brightest periodicals to appear on the American literary scene. A fabulous . . . magazine of passionate, quirky writing about the South.”
Los Angeles Times

“The Oxford American is the poster child for quality writing in a world that often celebrates the frivolous and irrelevant and, often enough, the obscene. . . . It’s so good you’ll end up memorizing lines.”
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“Just when one starts to despair about the prospects for a thrilling new discovery, the Oxford American’s annual Southern Music Issue arrives to set things right. If it doesn’t contain surprises and previously undiscovered gems for you (I bet it does), then it at least will point even the encyclopedic music buff back to the record collection with renewed fervor.”
Hartford Courant