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.  

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Johnnie Bernhard, Author of “How We Came to Be”

AM:  Thanks for the interview, Johnnie.  It hasn’t even been a year since our last interview about A Good Girl, and here we are discussing a new novel, How We Came to Be.  How did How We Came to Be come to be? JB:  I had been exploring the characters of Karen and Leona for […]

July Read of the Month: “The Disappearing Act,” by Sara Pirkle Hughes

Reviewed by Anya Krugovoy Silver In her consistently outstanding debut volume of poetry, The Disappearing Act, Sara Pirkle Hughes demonstrates her facility with beginnings and endings.  Poems about childhood, family relationships, and the fleeting, fraught nature of sexual desire detail life’s complexities while resisting answers to its mysteries. Hughes writes masterful first and last lines:  […]

Anya Krugovoy Silver

Anya Krugovoy Silver is a poet living in Macon, Georgia.   She is the author of four books of poetry, The Ninety-Third Name of God (2010), I Watched You Disappear (2014), and From Nothing (2016), all published by the Louisiana State University Press.  Her fourth book, Second Bloom, was published in 2017 as part of the Poiema Series of poetry by Cascade […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Wendy Wax, Author of “Best Beach Ever”

AM:  Thanks, Wendy, for the interview. Our readers are no doubt familiar with your Ten Beach Road series.  Best Beach Ever is the sixth and latest novel in that series, which began in 2011.  How do you stay so productive? WW:  Thank you, Allen. As counterintuitive as it sounds, I think motherhood helped me become […]

“Mourning Dove,” by Claire Fullerton

Reviewed by Johnnie Bernhard The first sentence of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina states, “Happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” For an author to successfully pen a family saga, she must dig deep into the human psyche, creating a plot beyond simplistic cause-and-effect or peopled with clichéd heroes and villains. […]

June Read of the Month: “The Last Trial,” by Robert Bailey

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro In a literary landscape increasingly littered with mediocre (or worse) legal thrillers, Alabama attorney Robert Bailey did something impressive: He wrote an excellent, classic legal thriller with The Last Trial (Thomas and Mercer, May 2018). Its brilliantly complex plot portrays compelling, intriguing characters, pretrial murder and mayhem, courtroom drama, edge-of-your-chair […]

Excerpts from Julia Nunnally Duncan’s “A Neighborhood Changes”

Julia Nunnally Duncan’s forthcoming poetry collection A Neighborhood Changes (Finishing Line Press, August 17, 2018) explores the lives of the lonely, the aged, the ill, and the injured. The collection’s first section, A Neighborhood Changes, documents the author’s experiences from childhood to the present in a Western North Carolina town and explores the theme of change […]

“All That Matters,” by Diane Yates

Reviewed by Johnnie Bernhard John Steinbeck wrote in East of Eden, “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.” Courage is personified by Clella Catherine Burch, mother of seven children, including author Diane Yates of All That Matters. Burch’s courage, born of a faith-filled family with a strong work ethic from the Missouri Ozarks, sustains her […]