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 Trench Garden,” by L.C. Fiore

LC Fiore

Reviewed by Donna Meredith In L.C. Fiore’s short story, “The Trench Garden,” which appears in the new Ploughshare’s Solos series, four men come together to restore a ravine in Tennessee while World War II rages on the other side of the ocean. With his clear prose, Fiore crafts a story that meets Poe’s primary directive: it strives […]

“White Trash,” by Alexandra Allred

Alexandra Allred

Reviewed by Michael Pitts In her latest offering, White Trash, former Olympian Alexandra Allred takes the reader back to the familiar town of Granby, Texas. In a place denoted by gossip and complicated social relationships, a young single mother acts as a commentator, comically analyzing the peculiarities of each person and social group. The text […]

April Read of the Month: “Wet Work,” by Donna Meredith

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro “This isn’t what Isaac Harewood hoped to buy with his money.” Not at all. Rather, in Wet Work, the latest novel by Tallahassee’s award-wining author Donna Meredith, Harewood expects to purchase a falsehood and restore his wealth at the expense of the well-being of the unsuspecting public. By donating millions […]

SLR Welcomes New Contributor Claire Hamner Matturro

Claire Matturro

Claire Hamner Matturro is a former Sarasota, Florida, lawyer and a former legal research and writing instructor at Florida State University College of Law and University of Oregon School of Law. She is the author of four legal mysteries: Skinny-Dipping (2004) (a BookSense 2004 pick, Romantic Times’ Best First Mystery, and nominated for a Barry […]

“The Prayer Box,” by Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate

Reviewed by Mollie Smith Waters Although it is rare to read a book that will change one’s perspective on life, it is not all that uncommon to learn a valuable life lesson from a good read. Such is the case with Lisa Wingate’s The Prayer Box, a solid story with a clear message: do not […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews James Elkins About Law, Literature, Poetry, and Teaching

Lawyer Poets

AM:  Jim, thank you for doing this interview.  You recently came out with a book, Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law.  You’ve been researching and writing about lawyer poets for some time now.  What is it about lawyer poets that fascinates you, and what is it about this type of person that makes him […]

Red Truck Review Interviews SLR Managing Editor Allen Mendenhall

The inaugural issue of Red Truck Review: A Journal of American Southern Literature and Culture ran this week and featured this interview and these poems by managing editor Allen Mendenhall.  The interview begins with questions about Southern Literary Review and discusses Allen’s recently published book, Literature and Liberty.  Red Truck Review is edited by SLR contributor Amy Susan […]

“Down and Out in Bugtussle, The Mad Fat Road to Happiness,” by Stephanie McAfee

Reviewed by Amy Susan Wilson Down and Out in Bugtussle, The Mad Fat Road to Happiness, by Stephanie McAfee, is hilarious. It is not merely a “chick-lit” exploration of female issues—it resonates not only because of its superbly crafted world of women who create a sense of community for themselves, but also because it explores […]