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.  

“Many Rivers to Cross,” by Thomas Zigal

Thomas Zigal

Reviewed by Sam Slaughter Is it too late for this? That was the first question that came to mind upon opening Thomas Zigal’s fifth novel Many Rivers to Cross. Is a novel set among the wreckage of post-Katrina New Orleans published in 2013 still relevant almost decade after the tragedy? MRTC follows various members of […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Jessi Lewis

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Jessi Lewis is a Virginian writer with roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains and an MFA from West Virginia University. Her poetry and fiction have been published in Ghost Town Literary Magazine, Stymie, Flyway and forthcoming in Rock & Sling. Her work “Walnuts” was nominated for a Pushcart. She is the former Founding Head Editor […]

“A Long Time Gone,” by Karen White

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Take a wounded woman with a good heart and addiction problems. A troubled child who needs love. A dog in need of a home. And a man who has known since childhood the name of the woman he wants to marry. Throw them into the same story, mix thoroughly, and you […]

August Read of the Month: “Hush Puppy,” by Lisa T. Cresswell

Lisa Cresswell

Reviewed by Ana Reyes Corrine Lamb earns her nickname, “Hush Puppy,” in the opening pages of this young adult novel by giving away her lunch – a sack of hush puppies – to Jamie Armstrong, a poor boy who’s just moved to town. It’s a fitting introduction to her character, as later on, she will […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Ana Reyes

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Ana Reyes is an MFA Candidate in creative writing and instructor of composition at Louisiana State University. Publications include fiction and poetry in Gulf Coast, Pear Noir, The New Delta Review and Foliate Oak. Her short stories have been finalists in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award and the Donald Barthelme Prize for short […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Jolina Petersheim

Jolina Petersheim

APM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Southern Literary Review, Jolina. Your latest novel, The Midwife, follows closely on the heels of The Outcast. Did you expect these books to be the successes they’ve been? All authors dream that their novels will be successful, and I was certainly no exception. Still, I had […]

“Battlegrounds of Memory,” by Clay Lewis

Clay Lewis

Reviewed by Yasser El-Sayed In Battlegrounds of Memory, Clay Lewis traces a rich and conflicted trajectory of loss, pain and redemption over the course of generations. This slim book is a uniquely American story that is narrated with unflinching honesty and infused with such elemental raw emotion that its ultimate achievement lies far beyond a […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Yasser El-Sayed

Yasser El-Sayed

Yasser El-Sayed has recently published fiction in Natural Bridge, The New Orphic Review, The Marlboro Review, Red Truck Review, and elsewhere. His short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2014 and in 2008. Yasser’s prose focuses upon the intersections of Arab and American experience both in the Middle East and the United […]