Meet the Editors

Publisher and Executive Editor Philip K. Jason is the author or editor of several books. From 1973 to 2001, he taught English and Creative Writing at United States Naval Academy. Allen Mendenhall is associate dean at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Donna Meredith is the widely acclaimed author of several books, and a distinguished journalist and reviewer. RIGHT: Photographs by VanessaK Photography, LLC.

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The Southern Literary Review celebrates southern authors and their contributions to American literature.  We feature the classic writers who have defined southern literature, and we highlight emerging authors through interviews, profiles, and book reviews. In an effort to back independent bookstores and to encourage creativity in the publishing world, SLR is an IndieBound supporter.  

“What Got You Here Will Not Get You To Your Future,” by John Englehardt

The following is an excerpt from John Englehardt’s novel, Bloomland. The most unflagging woman you will ever meet enters your life during sophomore year of college, the same time you stop believing in God. What this means is the zealotry that has been ingrained in you—the kind that has involved obsessing over sin and faith and […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Judge William Alsup, Author of “Won Over”

AM:  Judge Alsup, I’m grateful that you’ve shared your time to do this interview for Southern Literary Review.  The occasion for the interview is, of course, the publication of your memoir, Won Over, which has this subtitle: “Reflections of a Federal Judge on His Journey from Jim Crow Mississippi.”  What made you decide to write […]

September Read of the Month: “Moon Water,” by Pam Webber

Review by Philip K. Jason This tantalizing and sometimes frightening coming-of-age story centers on a strong-minded girl of sixteen, Nettie, and her battles with faith, sexuality, and a near-apocalyptic storm. Set in mountainous Central Virginia in 1969, the novel vividly captures the time and place with authority and respectful understanding. An intriguing extra ingredient is […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Heather Webber, Author of “Midnight at the Blackbird Café”

AM:  Heather, thanks for doing this interview about Midnight at the Blackbird Café, a novel about Anna Kate, who finds herself back in Alabama upon her grandmother’s death.  I’m curious how someone from Massachusetts who lives in Ohio decided on Alabama as the setting for this book. And for the readers’ sake, I’ll point out […]

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference

Enjoy Mountains of Literary Riches at NCWN’s Fall Conference ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers’ Network calls this “The Writingest State”—all of it, Manteo to Murphy, Calabash to Crumpler. We find and welcome writers from all parts of North Carolina, with no city or region holding a monopoly on literary talent or output. But we have to […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Marjorie Herrera Lewis, Author of “When the Men Were Gone”

APM:  Marjorie, so happy we get to chat about When the Men Were Gone, your novel that features protagonist Tylene Wilson, a teacher during World War II who winds up coaching a high school football team.  There’s a sort of A League of Their Own vibe to the book.  When did you think up this […]

August Read of the Month: “The Nickel Boys,” by Colson Whitehead

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Colson Whitehead once more proves the sheer power of his talent with The Nickel Boys (Doubleday, 2019), a heartbreaking, chilling story about an innocent black youth sent to a hellish reform school in North Florida during the Jim Crow days. While the book is fiction, what makes it so devastating […]

The 31st Annual Southern Festival of Books

The 31st Annual Southern Festival of Books is set to return to downtown Nashville on October 11-13. The lineup this year will feature notable names like Ann Patchett, acclaimed author and owner of Nashville’s own Parnassus Books, Ottessa Moshfegh, Samantha Power, Casey Cep, Karen Abbott, Saeed Jones, Karen Thompson Walker, and Paul Theroux. As the […]