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 a writer, attorney, and educator. He has taught in a university, a law school, a penitentiary, and a Japanese private school. RIGHT: Photographs by VanessaK Photography, LLC.


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.  

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Ann Cefola

Ann Cefola is author of Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014), St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped (Kattywompus Press, 2011), Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press, 2007), and the translation Hence this cradle (Seismicity Editions, 2007). A Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency recipient, she also received the Robert Penn Warren Award judged by John Ashbery.  Her work […]

October Read of the Month: “Reading Life,” by Michael Pearson

Reviewed by Elisabeth Aiken In Reading Life, Michael Pearson paraphrases a famous writer’s definition of an essayist as “a self-liberated man with the childish belief that everything he thinks about, every one of his experiences, will be fascinating to others.” While that definition is not wholly flattering, it is applicable to Pearson as the author […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Elisabeth Aiken

Elisabeth Aiken is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Leo University. She holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and has degrees from James Madison University and Western Carolina University. Elisabeth considers the mountains of western North Carolina her home, and her favorite literature has a distinctly Southern flavor.

“Cutting Loose in Paradise,” by Mary Jane Ryals

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Cutting Loose in Paradise (Pineapple Press, 2015) by Mary Jane Ryals is a charming, quirky Florida environmental mystery full of local color, intriguing and unique characters, poetry-quality language, lushly evoked landscapes, a twisty-turny plot, and just the right touch of wry humor. Though Ryals is the author of several books […]

“Half of What I Say Is Meaningless,” by Joseph Bathanti

Reviewed by Frederick Parker The way I see it, memoir should do more than tell a story. It should chomp at the bit to reveal something, maybe truths about who authors really are when nobody is looking, or encoded realities waiting for just the right moment to show themselves. I want memoirs that leave me […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Fred Parker

Fred Parker is a retired architect and MFA (nonfiction) candidate at Georgia College and State University. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University. Much of his career has been devoted to writing in the fields of architecture, engineering, and marketing.

“The Forsaken,” by Ace Atkins

Reviewed by Yasser El-Sayed Let me begin with a disclaimer – not only is The Forsaken my first Quinn Colson novel, it is in fact the first Ace Atkins book I have ever read. One can argue that a work of literature can and should stand on its own, so why not have it reviewed […]

“The Best of Enemies,” by Jen Lancaster

Reviewed by Daniel Sundahl I was at lunch one time with a group of students who were regaling me with the comedy antics of Seinfeld. I asked how many years the program had been on television and about favorite characters. It went from there. I confessed having watched only a few episodes, reruns at that […]