Artist Kara Walker meets the Georgia Review

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The new spring issue of the literary journal the Georgia Review has an impressive cover, a piece of artwork by Kara Walker. Walker is known for her powerful cutout images and representations of gender, race and violence. The Atlanta-raised artist won a MacArthur genius grant at age 28; 10 years later, in 2007 she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. Her work is quite a bit more high-profile than can usually be found on the cover of a literary journal -- and the issue has nine other pieces inside.

Walker’s artwork is preceded by a poem by Derek Walcott, ‘The Spectre of Empire.’ Like many literary journals, this issue of the Georgia Review includes a range of writing: poetry and fiction, essays and reviews. And in this issue, Kara Walker’s art.

The Georgia Review will hold a release party for its spring issue on April 22 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. If you can’t be in Athens that day, you can still order copies of the literary journal: a single issue is $15 plus shipping; an annual subscription, with four issues, costs $35.

-- Carolyn Kellogg