About Us

What’s special about Sou’wester?

Well, longevity is a certain kind of specialness, right? Especially since we’ve reached the over-55 mark.

But we’re not special in the way we’d be special if we published only the work of Midwestern writers on the theme of existential angst in corn farmers or if Sou’wester could also be used as a flotation device in the event of a water landing, but we’re not prepared to be stuck in a box labeled “same old thing” or “general excellence.” We want to be consistent – in our ability to amaze and surprise.  And while we take the work we do and the work we publish very seriously, we hope you’ll take note that we don’t take ourselves all that seriously.

Though we occasionally produce special issues we’re not married to theme. We aren’t particularly regional, though we do complain, sometimes, about the weather.  It turns out we are the same thing we were at the inception – a university-sponsored literary magazine dedicated to curating an exquisite literary experience for our readers with little regard for fashion trends or the pedigree of the writers. (We do, however, publish the work of our literary friends when we can, but this is good fortune, not nepotism, at play.)

Please note a change to our publication schedule: we have moved to a single jumbo annual issue, to appear each spring.




Beginning Spring 2016, Sou’wester will publish a single issue in the spring. 

Sou’wester is published by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The views expressed in the material appearing on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of SIUE.