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.  

“Rise and Shine,” by Johnathan Scott Barrett

  Reviewed by Daniel James Sundahl Our late friend Bill Borland was from Eudora, Arkansas; he loved to cook gumbos and such and hush puppies. Once, before we were on our way to his home for dinner, my wife asked me what a hush puppy was and I said cornmeal, wheat flour, eggs, salt, baking […]

SLR Managing Editor Allen Mendenhall Publishes New Book on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

SLR Managing editor Allen Mendenhall, who serves as associate dean and executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, offers fresh, fascinating insight and compelling evidence for how Emerson transformed Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s approach to law in his new book, Oliver […]

Amy Susan Wilson Interviews William Bernhardt, Author of “The Ocean’s Edge”

ASW: Just yesterday I was reading The White Bird and now I’m finding myself engaged with your second and just-released poetry collection, The Ocean’s Edge.  Your weaving of themes that tie to family, and self identity, dovetail flawlessly alongside the weaving of popular culture and classical allusions in these poems. Collectively, these elements create quite […]

January Read of the Month: “The Ocean’s Edge,” by William Bernhardt

Reviewed by Carl Sennhenn  No one perhaps would suspect, surely not expect, the author of acclaimed and prize-winning mystery novels to write and publish poetry.  But William Bernhardt, the author of the successful Ben Kincaid series, has done just that with two volumes of poetry, The White Bird and now The Ocean’s Edge.  If The […]

Carl Sennhenn

Carl Sennhenn is a retired professor of English and Humanities and a former Oklahoma Poet Laureate.  He taught at Rose State College, where he served as Associate Dean of Humanities for three years. He is the author of In the Center of Noon, Harvest of Light, Travels Through Enchanted Woods (which received the 2006 Oklahoma Book Award […]

“Watershed Days,” by Thorpe Moeckel

Reviewed by Daniel James Sundahl One might be at a loss with this book absent some context, but even with context one might still be at a loss. Mr. Moeckel’s book covers some two years of occasional vignettes, an even dozen from 2005-2006 and another even dozen from 2006-2007: adventures of a sort. The vignettes, […]

Denise Tolan Interviews Kat Meads, Author of “In This Season of Rage and Melancholy Such Irrevocable Acts as These”

    DT: Four of your six novels, including this newest one, are set in the South. What draws you to the South as setting? KM: I was born and raised in eastern North Carolina and still consider it home. Three of my novels, including Rage and Melancholy, are set in mythical Mawatuck County, which […]

Denise Tolan

Denise Tolan teaches amazing students at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas. She is a graduate of the Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma City University. Denise has been published in places such as Reed, Apple Valley Review, The Great American Literary Magazine, The Tishman Review, and Gravel. Denise’s creative nonfiction recently […]