Gravy: Fall 2021
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Gravy: Fall 2021

by: Gravy Quarterly
Release date: Oct 15th, 2021

The Fall 2021 issue of Gravy, the first-ever available for sale via Hub City Press, explores environments—the places, spaces, and communities that offer glimpses into the changing South. Read More

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The Fall 2021 issue of Gravy, the first-ever available for sale via Hub City Press, explores environments—the places, spaces, and communities that offer glimpses into the changing South.

Settings span from school cafeterias, where author Silas House remembers lunch ladies as models of social justice, to restaurants on the Chitlin’ Circuit, which have long brought strangers together, as writer Debra Freeman describes. Author Caleb Johnson explains how a Middle Eastern bakery in the Alabama Black Belt promises a more inclusive future for the region, and writer Chris Jay worries over the evolution of a favorite dive bar. From the perch of a stool, John T. Edge, SFA’s founding director, asks how the spaces we make reflect who we are and want to be.

Gravy further touches soil and water. Scholar and writer Bart Elmore chronicles a chemical past that created our planet’s agricultural futures in his new book Seed Money, excerpted here, while columnist Gustavo Arellano draws parallels between okra and nopales, plants at once beloved and disparaged. SFA’s oral historian Annemarie Anderson reports from Florida’s forgotten coast, documenting hope and new beginnings. People create and recreate environments, as Gravy contributors reveal. Photographer and filmmaker Katina Parker tells of feeding neighbors in need from her yard through a COVID-era mutual aid collection, Feed Durham NC. This issue of Gravy traverses time and space to expose the many environments that make up the South—and invites us to see them anew.
 

In This Issue

Editor's Note, Sara Camp Milam

Featured Contributors
SFA MVPs (Most Visited Places): Dallas, Reyna Duong
Director's Cut, John T. Edge
Good Ol' Chico, Gustavo Arellano
It Takes Guts, Debra Freeman
Seed Money: Monsanto's Past and Our Food Future (excerpt), Bartow J. Elmore
Nourish and Flourish, Katina Parker
Elegy for a School, Silas House 
Coming Home, Caleb Johnson
At Lucky Liquor with Doris and Pooh-Pooh, Chris Jay
Details in Place, Bita Honarvar
Scenes from Spring Creek, Annemarie Anderson
Last Course, Chris Granger
 
 
Gravy Quarterly
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Gravy Quarterly

Gravy tells stories about the changing American South. Published by the Southern Foodways Alliance, the quarterly journal shares original narratives that are fresh, unexpected, and thought-provoking. Each year, Gravy supports the work of over 100 writers, illustrators, and photographers in the South and beyond.

Gravy was named the 2015 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and has received multiple nominations for other awards between 2016 and 2020, from humor writing to the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. Notable contributors include Silas House, Janisse Ray, Randall Kenan, Monique Truong, Caleb Johnson, Chris Offutt, Latria Graham, and Imani Perry, among others.

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