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 associate dean at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Donna Meredith is the widely acclaimed author of several books, and a distinguished journalist and reviewer. 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.  

“Southern Writers Bear Witness,” edited by Jan Nordby Gretlund

Reviewed by William Walsh There’s something about the tactile sensation of opening a book and smelling the paper and ink that lends itself to seemingly unlimited possibilities. Two very distinct things prompted my anticipation of Southern Writers Bear Witness. One, I started off in the mid-1980s interviewing southern writers, including some of the same writers […]

William Walsh

William Walsh, who is originally from Jamestown, New York, and has lived all over the United States and Canada, is a narrative poet in the tradition of James Dickey, David Bottoms, and Fred Chappell. His new collection of poems, Fly Fishing In Times Square, recently won the Editors’ Prize and will be published by Cervena Barva Press (Boston) in […]

Donna Meredith Interviews Allen Mendenhall, Editor of “Writers on Writing”

DM:  Thanks for taking time from your very busy life to be interviewed. You are an associate dean at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty, and editor of Southern Literary Review. You blog at The Literary Lawyer. Your books include Literature and Liberty (2014), Oliver […]

“Two Minus One,” by Kathryn Taylor

Reviewed by Jessica Williams In Two Minus One, Kathryn Taylor bravely shares her personal story of pain, betrayal, and loneliness following a divorce that she didn’t foresee. Her divorce followed several years of a fairytale marriage highlighted by extravagant adventures and trips and numerous acts of kindness. However, the union ended abruptly in an onslaught […]

March Reads of the Month: “Walker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Search for Influence” and “Reading Walker Percy’s Novels,” by Jessica Hooten Wilson

Reviewed by Leslie Marsh Jessica Hooten Wilson’s stated ambition is no less than “to revitalize influence studies, especially as they relate to our religious assumptions about aesthetics.” On current form, she may well be the one to achieve this. Hooten Wilson’s two books are dealt with in tandem not only because they have appeared in […]

Leslie Marsh

Leslie Marsh works for the International Academy of Pathology based at The University of British Columbia hospital. Not someone to stay in his lane, he has written on complexity, social epistemology, philosophical psychology, philosophical theology, and the philosophy of literature. He is the co-founder of the journals EPISTEME and Cosmos + Taxis and is also […]

“What Blooms From Dust,” by James Markert

Reviewed by Richard Allen Jeremiah Goodbye steps onto the road, disheveled and confused. He absentmindedly fingers the coin in his right hand. I shouldn’t be alive. Minutes ago, he was strapped to a chair waiting to be electrocuted for a murder spree that he may or may not have committed. His protests of innocence were […]

Richard Allen

Richard Allen is a freelance writer based out of West Virginia. He regularly contributes articles to Fan Fest News, Broadway World and Graffiti Magazine. For Fan Fest News, he discusses the latest in video games and media and provides opinion pieces; for Broadway World, he reports on local theatre and regularly interviews both regional and professional actors; […]