Our Purpose

The Southern Literary Review celebrates southern authors and their contributions to American literature.  We feature classic southern writers who have defined southern literature, such as Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner.  SLR also profiles and interviews modern novelists such as Tom Wolfe and Wendell Berry and emerging southern writers such as Daniel Wallace and Sue Monk Kidd.  With hundreds of pages of original content, we are dedicated to offering quality information about America’s southern authors and their works.  Peruse our excellent book reviews on new southern novels as well as the classics of southern literature.

SLR was founded in 2004.  Having overhauled SLR in the spring of 2009, the editors invited several new contributors to produce fresh content on a regular basis.  New York Times best-selling author  Julie Cantrell served as editor-in-chief for nearly two years, and Adele Annesi joined as managing editor. With the release of her novel Into the Free, Julie stepped down from her role as editor-and-chief; Adele stepped down with Julie. After years as dedicated contributors, Philip K. Jason and Allen Mendenhall took the reigns of SLR in November, 2011. Phil is now publisher and executive editor. You can reach him at pkjason@comcast.net.  Allen is managing editor. His email address is found below.

Authors who have contributed reviews or interviews to SLR include John Shelton Reed, Casey Clabough, Ace Atkins, Julia Nunnally Duncan, Karen White, Clyde Edgerton, James Nolan, Moira Crone, Charles J. Shields, Daniel Wallace, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Paulette Jiles, Steve Yarbrough, Irene Latham, James Lee Burke, John Brandon, Kevin Brockmeier, Mark Richard, Octavia Spencer, Robin Oliveira, and David Bradley.


Allen Mendenhall, managing editor: allenporte@yahoo.com


SLR is always looking for talented writers and serious readers to contribute to this site.  We have several books available for review. Please contact the managing editor, Allen Mendenhall, at allenporte@yahoo.com if you are interested in reviewing for SLR.

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Advertisers and Sponsorships

SLR welcomes inquiries from those who are interested in supporting the site.  Contact  Phil Jason at pkjason@comcast.net.