Welcome to the Oxford American Store.
Whether it’s through great writing, great music, or great art, the Oxford American has a long history of telling powerful stories of and about the American South. In addition to providing a place to purchase past and present issues of the Oxford American magazine, this store also features a few of our favorite books, albums, and crafts of the region that are specially selected by Oxford American editors and staff.
The Oxford American was founded in 1992 with a vision that still guides us today: the South—a region so productive of great literature—deserves a great literary magazine. In our Good Reading collection, you will find current and classic issues of the Oxford American magazine, and a few of our favorite books by OA contributors and friends.
The Oxford American is best known for its annual music issue, which includes a gorgeously produced CD of songs selected by our editors. As critic Dwight Garner wrote in the New York Times, “These CDs practically belong in the Smithsonian.” In our Good Listening collection, browse OA music issues, past and present, alongside a selection of albums we think you'll enjoy.
Stunning artwork and design have always been integral to the Oxford American. Every time you read an issue of the magazine, we want you to feel like you're holding an object of beauty. All purchases support the Oxford American's ongoing mission to explore the complexity and vitality of the South through excellent writing, visual art, and events programming.
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The Oxford American is proud to announce that our 21st Annual Southern Music Issue & Sampler will be devoted to the musical legacy of South Carolina.
Pre-orders are available now. Issues will ship the first week of November.
Issue 105: Summer 2019 – Southern Journeys
In our annual Southern Journeys section, four long-form stories take readers across the region in search of bygone utopias, neglected histories, and obscure visionaries—alongside short essays on music and the road from beloved OA contributors Kiese Laymon, Ronni Lundy, Mary Miller, and more.
Always Happy Hour
Mary Miller, longtime OA contributor, consistently wows us with her razor-sharp wit and refreshingly authentic characters. This collection is full of gems, and we suspect you’ll be torn between reading the whole collection in one sitting and putting it down after each story to savor the moment.
An American Marriage
In her essay in OA’s 100th issue, Tayari Jones recalls how Pearl Cleage inspired her to be a “loving teller of the truth.” That influence is evident in An American Marriage, a profound and intimate examination of love. (And an Oprah Book Club pick!)
Roseanne Cash’s “Long Way Home,” an essay about her father from the Tennessee Music Issue, continues to be one of the most beloved pieces ever published in the OA. Cash’s memoir is full of the same intimate storytelling and resonant imagery.
How to wreck a nice beach
The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular music.