The Reader

The Burnaway Reader is an annual print publication that features long-form essays, interviews, artist projects, and other stories related to the magazine’s three annual themes. After a brief period of print publishing from 2013-2014, Burnaway revived the Reader in 2019 with an ambitious new format and scope. Each year, the Burnaway Reader creates a physical record of the organization’s online publishing and provides an opportunity to commission ambitious new, print-exclusive projects. 

2021 Burnaway Reader: Treasure

Across three thematic sections and two artist projects, Burnaway’s 2021 Reader, Treasure looks at cultural memory, myth, and the way they have shaped our South. The first section, Word of Mouth, explores the oral traditions and patterns of language that have shaped cultural imaginings of the U.S. South, extending into music, poetry, legends, and audio archives.  Nodes and Networks maps the physical and digital systems of people and information that define, divide, and parse our cultural categories, with a particular emphasis on rural queer spaces and radio waves. The final section, Belief and Fiction, demonstrates how we create spirituality and make new worlds through stories. 

Highlights of the fifteen features include curator Daniel Fuller’s profile of blues musician and sculptor James “Son Ford” Thomas, Jessica Baran’s abbreviated history of a small poetry press founded in Arkansas, Jasmine Amussen’s conversation with artists and curators about Southern queer networks and architecture, and a bilingual story of Puerto Rican artist Natalia Lassalle-Morillo by Monica Uszerowicz.


Distributed and published by Burnaway
Designed by Brette Richmond
Edition of 500, full color
Printed in Georgia
Coming November 18, 2021.

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2020 Burnaway Reader: Laws of Salvage 

The anthology is organized into three sections featuring new essays and artist projects related to the editorial themes Burnaway has explored in 2020: Exurbs and the Rural, Waterways / Water Wars, and States of Leisure. A fourth section, A Journal of the Plague Year, contains reflections on a year marked by loss, isolation, uprisings, and unrest.

Features include a longform profile of photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross, a photo-essay by 2020 Guggenheim Fellow Stacy Kranitz, and an oral history of the Free Southern Theater featuring Dr. Doris Derby and Kalamu ya Salaam. Artists Sasha Wortzel and Rev. Houston Cypress report from the Everglades, New Orleans-based artist Keni Anwar embarks upon a journey of love in a print-exclusive artist project, and curators from across the South spotlight five of the region’s most exciting emerging artists.

Distributed and published by Burnaway
Designed by Brette Richmond
7.5” x 10.25”
Edition of 500, full color, 200 pages
Printed in Georgia

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2019 Burnaway Reader: Stranger, Harder, Brighter

The inaugural anthology is organized into three thematic sections that reflect the concerns and questions Burnaway has pursued in 2019: Cartographies of the Global South, Artworks and Art Workers in Crisis, and Profiles and Conversations. Punctuating each of these three sections is an installment of Mood Ring, the series of artists’ projects introduced by Burnaway in 2019.

Features include a feature essay in Spanish and English by Domingo Castillo covering Beatriz Gonzáles’s retrospective at PAMM Miami, a photo-essay documenting Joe Minter’s African Village in America in Birmingham, and Diana C. Stoll’s portrait of East Tennessee photographer Mike Smith. Ben Beckett reports on art workers’ unionization efforts and the racist history of right-to-work laws, curator Daniel Fuller lays out brief sketches of eight artists across the South, and artist Emma McMillan creates a print-exclusive artist project which spatially inverts architecture as painting in the shadow of John Portman.

Distributed and published by Burnaway
Designed by Brette Richmond
7.5” x 10.25”
Edition of 700, newsprint, partial color, 143 pages
Printed in New York

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Current and former stockists of the Burnaway Reader include:

Atlanta Contemporary
Birmingham Museum of Art
Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center
Charis Books and More


The Concern Newsstand
For Keeps Bookstore
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
QuickQuick (closed)
Whitney Museum of American Art