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. As the next step in our mission, we’re launching this store, which will feature the very best books, albums, and crafts of the region. All of the items are hand-selected by Oxford American editors and staff.
Oxford American Goods is divided into three categories:
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, as well as a few of our favorite books by OA contributors and friends. Like Head Off & Split, the extraordinary book of poems by Nikky Finney, whose radical libretto is featured in our Fall 2015 issue. Or Lisa Howorth's novel Flying Shoes, which was excerpted in the OA.
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. You can also buy the OA's first ever vinyl LP, Texas Love Letter, which showcases the song-craft of Texas in eleven masterful songs, some of which have never been available until now.
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. You can expect the same attention to quality design in our Good Living collection, where we'll feature art, accessories, and other Southern-made items along with limited-edition OA merchandise, so you can wear your favorite magazine on your sleeve. Every purchase supports the Oxford American's ongoing mission to publish the best writing and art from and about the South.
As the store grows, we will be continuously searching all over the region for the items that inspire us and reflect the true South, and we already have plans to partner with more great Southern makers such as Natalie Chanin, Butch Anthony, Billy Reid, and others.
As a non-profit organization, we rely on our supporters to help us do what we do. By purchasing items from this curated collection, you’ll be contributing to the writers, musicians, and artists who comprise the heart of the Oxford American. Support the Oxford American Literary Project and please help write our story.
The Oxford American is a national magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing, while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South. Subscribe today.
Artwork by Mark Weaver