It’s a good time to welcome an old friend who’s now sporting some new duds. It’s The Chattahoochee Review, a literary friend that has been around these parts for the last 30 or so years. Only now it has a new look and a new editor while continuing to pursue its mission of offering Georgians some high quality writing from a diverse group of talented writers.
The Review has been fortunate to have been overseen by some very good folks, most recently Marc Fitten, an accomplished novelist who has that career to pursue after his success as editor for much of the first decade of the 21st century. His successor is Anna Schachner, who has come aboard with an entire new editorial staff. Such a complete overhaul suggests trouble, but honestly there’s so much good work to be found in their first issue that I don’t think there’s any cause for worry.
There’s some outstanding poetry in this issue, and why not with contributions from the likes of Fred Chappell and Natasha Trethewey? The fiction pages include strong contributions from Anthony Varallo, Timothy Schaffert and Kevin Wilson, among others. And there’s a generous selection of reviews, nonfiction pieces and even a bit of art. Altogether, it’s an eclectic package that satisfies as it points to more to come.
The Review is funded again by and produced through Georgia Perimeter College. Academic support can be a very tricky business — politics is hardly a stranger in the halls of ivy, you know — so let’s cross our fingers that this will mean longevity and opportunities for growth. There are a number of outstanding small literary journals around Atlanta and Georgia — The Georgia Review enjoys a richly deserved national reputation, for instance — and it’s a good feeling to know that one of their number is ready to hold its own. Congratulations to Anna and her staff and best wishes!