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 Richelle Putnam, Author of The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty

Richelle Putnam

AM: Thank you for talking to us about your latest book, The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty. If my memory is correct, this is the first interview that Southern Literary Review has done about a work in the young-adult (or, as they say, YA) category. I’d like to start by asking about your decision to […]

“Heart of Palm,” by Laura Lee Smith

Laura Lee Smith

Reviewed by Phil Jason Reprinted, with permission, from Florida Weekly. This is the one I’ve been waiting for. The big surprise. A debut novel set in Florida that has it all: family, community, dreams, secrets, the best kind of local color, tragedy, humor, hatred, compassion, love, change. It’s 2008. Arla Bolton Bravo, of the fashionable […]

Word of the South Festival

Word of South, a festival of literature and music with its inaugural event scheduled for April 11-12, 2015, is a unique blend of writers and musicians and an exploration of the relationship between the two disciplines. The festival will feature authors who write about music, musicians who also are authors, authors and musicians appearing together, […]

“The Long Rifle Season,” by James Murray

James Murray. Photograph by Tom Barlow.

Reviewed by Yasser El-Sayed James Murray’s short story collection, The Long Rifle Season, is a beautiful rough diamond, as hard-tumble and razor-edged as it is luminous; its characters navigate harsh physical and psychological landscapes. In the hands of a less capable author, these stories might seem sensationalistic or gimmicky. In Murray’s, however, they are grit-lit […]

“My Sunshine Away,” by M.O. Walsh

M.O. Walsh

Reviewed by Michael Pitts In his debut novel, M.O. Walsh offers an exceptional mixture of adolescent exploration, intrigue, and violence. Weaving between the years of childhood, high school, and adulthood, the text is an exemplary addition to the Bildungsroman tradition with its central focus being the development of a young boy. This narrator must endure […]

Southern LitFest 2015

Bourbon, Literature and Southern Charm: Southern LitFest 2015 June 5 & 6, Newnan, Georgia Good food, great literature, bourbon on an inviting porch, Market Day on the square, fiddlers picking a bluegrass tune …people having a great time talking about books, films and Southern culture in a classic small town setting. Highlights include: On Friday evening: […]

“Heads On Fire: Essays on Southern Fiction,” edited by Jan Nordby Gretlund

Jan Nordby Gretlund

  Reviewed by William Walsh There is a reason I do not own a Kindle, a Fire HDX, an iPad Air, an HP Omni, or any of the many e-book readers, and it’s not because I’m against modern technology or I’m some hermit-like curmudgeon living in a 1950s cave who thinks the old way of […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor William Walsh

William Walsh

William Walsh’s books include Speak So I Shall Know Thee: Interviews with Southern Writers, The Ordinary Life of a Sculptor, The Conscience of My Other Being, Under the Rock Umbrella: Contemporary American Poets from 1951-1977, and David Bottoms: Critical Essays and Interviews.  His work has appeared in AWP Chronicle, Cimarron Review, Five Points, Flannery O’Connor […]