Archives for May 2009

Allen Mendenhall

Allen Mendenhall is the managing editor of the Southern Literary Review.  He is a writer and an attorney who has taught in a law school, a university, a penitentiary, a Japanese private school, and other settings.  He holds a B.A. in English from Furman University, M.A. in English from West Virginia University, J.D. from West Virginia University College of […]

Junior Ray by John Pritchard

   Review by Allen Mendenhall         Reading John Pritchard’s Junior Ray is like sitting in a rocking chair, on the front porch, a beer in your hand, listening to some trash-talking, sheep-screwing redneck—Mr. Junior Ray Loveblood—ramble on about, well, whatever comes to mind.  Junior Ray is the racist, rascally protagonist of this explosive little novel, which, […]

Interview with Paulette Jiles

Read Paulette Jiles Profile SLR: When did you first start writing stories?  When did you know you wanted to spend you life writing? PJ: I think I was eleven. I wrote an adventure story. Wrote it out by hand and drew illustrations for it. Writing was all I ever wanted to do other than live […]

Interview with Michael Lee West

Read Michael Lee West’s Profile SLR: Where were you born and raised? West: I was born in Lake Providence, Louisiana, raised in New Orleans and Cookeville, Tennessee. I spent much of my childhood in southern Mississippi, coastal and rural.  My parents (and their parents) were native Mississippians. SLR: What are you thoughts on where you […]

Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson’s “Between, Georgia” reminds us that we are not lonely people. No matter where our lives take us, our families will follow.  When we meet our narrator, Nonny Jane, she is recounting the story of her birth and simultaneously introducing us to a small town family feud that will grow up with her. Born […]

Deep Family: Four Centuries of American Originals and Southern Eccentrics by Nicholas Cabell Read and Dallas Read

If you were asked to imagine an ongoing chronicle of life in the American South from the late 1600’s through the 1970’s, you might picture snapshots of agriculture, slavery, the Civil War and segregation. Nicholas and Dallas Reed’s “Deep Family” offers a different take on Southern life as it was experienced by three, progressive, wealthy […]

Interview with Darnell Arnoult

SLR: When did you first start writing stories?  When did you know you wanted to spend you life writing? DA: My father fought a boxing chimpanzee when I was two years old.  I heard that story told over and over from the time it happened, and by the time I was four, I was telling […]

Sufficient Grace by Darnell Arnoult

Women hear voices. Some are the voices of those that they love and care for, some are voices that come from the mouths of men they’ve met only once in their lives and some are voices that can only be described as divine. Reading Darnell Arnoult’s “Sufficient Grace” reminded me that most of the women […]