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.  

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Hubert Crouch, Author of “The Word”

Hubert Crouch

  AM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Southern Literary Review about The Word, your second novel. Jace Forman, the protagonist of your first novel, Cried For No One, is back in this novel. How has your experience as a trial lawyer shaped Jace’s character, if at all? Is it even possible to […]

“Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee

Harper Lee

“Killing Atticus” Review by Angela Shaw-Thornburg On July 10th, I watched the Confederacy lose one of its final battles on the grounds of the State House in South Carolina. The Confederate battle flag whisked down the pole into the waiting hands of two honor guardsmen. They methodically rolled it up into a silky little package […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Angela Shaw-Thornburg

Angela Shaw-Thornburg

Angela Shaw-Thornburg is an Associate Professor of English, American and African-American Literature at South Carolina State University.  She earned her Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University and has authored many publications.

“Fate Moreland’s Widow,” by John Lane

Reviewed by Daniel Sundahl There was a time when the Canaan River had been left free to run through the valley, years before the senior George McCane harnessed “the power of falling water” (emphasis added). Ben Crocker, the first-person narrator of the novel, makes this observation in 1988, a half-century after the events that developed […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Daniel Sundahl

Daniel James Sundahl is Emeritus Professor in American Studies and English at Hillsdale College where he taught for  over 32 years.  Prior to retirement he was Kirk Distinguished Professor in American Studies.  He’s relocated from Michigan to South Carolina.

“Fate Moreland’s Widow,” by John Lane, and “Seam Busters,” by Mary Hood

John Lane

Reviewed by Donna Meredith We all—well, all of us except Lady Godiva, nudists, and that one infamous Emperor of fairytale fame—wear clothes. Yet most of us give little thought to the mill workers who create the fabrics or the seamstresses who sew them. Two recent fiction releases from the University of South Carolina Press explore […]

July Read of the Month: “A Tree Born Crooked,” by Steph Post

Steph Post

Reviewed by Phil Jason I almost missed this one, which is among the most original and striking Florida novels I’ve encountered in my almost nine years of walking this beat. No gorgeously hued Sunshine State here. This is the Florida of grit and grime state: the North Florida that is really Southern, rather than the […]

Laughlin: Romanticist Extraordinaire, A Memoir

Clarence John Laughlin

By Louis Gallo Laughlin, Ghosts Along the Mississippi: An essay in the poetic interpretation of Louisiana’s plantation archictecture—One hundred photographs by the author (Bonanza Books, NY—1961) —Clarence John Laughlin, Aperture Monograph (1973) I. I’ve never believed that literature is an ideal conduit for surrealism other than in spurts such as the “Nighttown” episode in Joyce’s […]