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.  

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Emily Hoover

Emily Hoover

Emily Hoover has been writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction since the age of 6. Although she spent most of her undergraduate career working and publishing in journalism, she ultimately earned a BA in English in 2012. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University (NAU), teaching English, and working on her novel. […]

“Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good,” by Jan Karon

Jan Karon

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Jan Karon’s Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good is as charming and bright as any book in her Mitford/Father Tim series, and a welcome return to Mitford after Karon’s nine-year hiatus. As with the previous Mitford books, I delighted in every page and found Somewhere Safe a hard to put down. […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Barbara Davis, Author of “The Wishing Tide”

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APM:  Through my fault.             Through my fault.             Through my most grievous fault. So opens your novel The Wishing Tide. This refrain is repeated elsewhere in the novel in chapters attributed to the character Mary. It’s a rhythmic reminder, I think, of the crashing and retreating tides of love and life. What about this […]

“The Wishing Tide,” by Barbara Davis

Barbara Davis

Reviewed by Donna Meredith In Barbara Davis’s haunting novel, The Wishing Tide, three people allow their troubled pasts to define the present, stripping them of any chance of happiness. Expertly plotted yet character-driven, this lovely book is highly recommended to those who enjoy fine Southern fiction like the novels of Anne Rivers Siddons and Cassandra […]

Amy Susan Wilson Interviews William Bernhardt

ASW: Thank you, Bill, for taking the time to chat with me today about your book of poetry, The White Bird. Would you begin by providing us with an overview of this collection, and share what motivated you to write these poems? WB: I’ve been writing poetry for some time. Technically, according to my mother, […]

November Read of the Month: “The White Bird,” by William Bernhardt

Reviewed by Amy Susan Wilson Entering William Bernhardt’s debut poetry collection, The White Bird, is entering into the heart of human community. Always rich, often humorous, and at times poignant, these poems, which are diverse in style, guide us through the maze of parenting, longing, loss, working, traveling, and, among other things, falling in and […]

“Here and Again,” by Nicole R. Dickson

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Reviewed by Jessi Lewis Here and Again is the story of the widow Virginia (Ginger) Martin, the repercussions of her husband’s death in the Iraq War, and how her loss is a repetition of grief from other generations. Through Ginger’s familial struggles with her three children, the reader is introduced to the parallels of loss. […]

“Naked: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina,” by Julie Freed

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Reviewed by Chris Timmons Normally, it is appropriate to take the squeamish position when reading about someone’s private life—the invasion of personal space being a violation of personal dignity. But when someone offers a memoir, what is the squeamish to do? Rather hope that it is not too raw, too confessional. Julie Freed begins her […]