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.

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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.  

“Understanding Richard Russo,” by Kathleen Drowne

Kathleen Drowne

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Richard Russo is a beloved novelist known primarily for his stories of life in declining northeastern factory towns, so a reasonable person might question why his work deserves space in a literary review purporting to be southern. In short, the University of South Carolina Press recently released Understanding Richard Russo, a […]

“This Side of the River,” by Jeffrey Stayton

Reviewed by Matthew Simmons 150 years after the end of the Civil War, I sit in Columbia, South Carolina. The banner that the local university’s football coach once called “That Damn Flag” has come down, to the joy of some and the consternation of others. In the spring of this year, I worked on a […]

“From Midnight to Guntown,” by John Hailman

John Hailman

Reviewed by Daniel Sundahl If I remember right there’s a commemorative statue of William Faulkner on the Oxford, Mississippi, City Hall front lawn. He’s seated on a park bench; there’s a patrician elegance to the statue, legs crossed, pipe in hand, a battered (what was likely brown) hat. What’s missing is a glass of “branch […]

“Bull Mountain,” by Brian Panowich

Brian Panowich

Reviewed by Donna Meredith The ancient story of brother pitted against brother gets a fresh take in Brian Panowich’s debut novel, Bull Mountain, by combining family saga, mystery, and crime with the best elements of literary fiction. The story’s easy yet elegant style, nuanced characters, and gripping plot will earn it many fans. Panowich’s dark, […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Lindsay Parnell, Author of Dogwood

Lindsay Parnell

AM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Southern Literary Review about your novel, Dogwood. This is a remarkable and poignant book, literary fiction at its finest. You toy with stream-of-consciousness and alternating narration in the book. Why? LP: The articulation of Harper’s journey and the journey itself are irreversibility fused together. Harper’s story […]

Excerpt from “BS,” by Steven L. Parker

Steven L. Parker

This excerpt comes from Chapter One of Steven L. Parker’s novel, BS, published by Red Dirt Press of Shawnee, Oklahoma, released in June 2015. Parker serves as an Appellate Judge for the Southern Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and as District Judge for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. A lawyer by trade, […]

August Read of the Month: “Glimmerglass,” by Marly Youmans

Reviewed by Tara Mettler Marly Youmans’s novel Glimmerglass is a mash-up of the gothic romance, fairy tale, and late-in-life coming-of-age genres. We are taken to the village of Cooper Patent, a town peppered with odd characters and described by one of its villagers as “the most eccentric place I’ve ever lived.” Cynthia Sorrel, a middle-aged […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Tara Mettler

Tara Mettler

Tara Mettler is completing an MFA degree at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia, focusing on poetry. She grew up in Illinois and has lived in Phoenix and St. Louis