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.  

“The Secret of Magic,” by Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson

Review by Donna Meredith The fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Summer is the perfect time for the release of Deborah Johnson’s novel, The Secret of Magic. Johnson’s story reminds us in a powerful way how severe the effects of racism were just a short time ago, yet the novel’s achievements go far beyond a simple […]

“Dream Chaser,” by Pat Spears

Pat Spears

Review by Donna Meredith Dream Chaser, by Pat Spears, delivers an iconic figure as the protagonist: a Southern blue collar drunk struggling to hold onto a job and his family. That’s hardly a new story, but the author renders Jesse McKnight with such compassion and prose so perfect that Dream Chaser easily ranks as one […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt is the author of more than thirty books, including the Ben Kincaid novels, the historical novel Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness (currently being adapted into a television mini-series), a series of books on fiction writing, and most recently, a book of poetry, The White Bird. In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red […]

“From Proper Nouns to Slant Sonnets: A Conversation with Poet Anya Silver About Place and Time”

Anya Silver, Sara Hughes

Sarah Hughes Interviews Anya Silver Sara Hughes: I am so excited to sit down with you and discuss your second collection of poems. For readers who are unfamiliar with your work, breast cancer is a major topic you write about, so we want to make sure we talk about it, but I’m also really interested […]

July Read of the Month: “I Watched You Disappear,” by Anya Krugovoy Silver

Anya Silver

Reviewed by Sara Hughes When offering advice to writers, Henry James said, “Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost.” In her second collection of poetry, I Watched You Disappear, Anya Silver demonstrates that she is a poet “on whom nothing is lost.” Constantly observing life through the lens of memory and […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Sara Hughes

Sara Hughes

Sara Hughes recently graduated from Georgia State University, where she completed a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Poetry. Her poems and reviews have been published in Rattle, Reed, Rosebud, The Oklahoma Review, West Trade Review, Ouroboros Review, Red Clay Review, Umbrella Factory Magazine, Old Red Kimono, Loose Change, Thin Air, and Arts and […]

“Licensed to Lie,” by Sidney Powell

Sidney Powell

Reviewed by Brandon Stump What do the Enron prosecutions, the prosecution of the late and former United States Senator Ted Stevens, and the suicide of a young Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney have in common? Sidney Powell’s Licensed to Lie reveals the answer. Frustrating and at times tedious, overly long with too many intricate legal […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Brandon Stump

Brandon Stump

Brandon Stump lives in Detroit, Michigan, where he is an attorney who has practiced in the area of Civil Rights and worked for the State of Michigan.  Although Brandon is an attorney, he fancies himself an artist and is currently working on a novel. He recently began acting for The Theatre on The Lake theater company in McHenry, Maryland.