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.

“Dixie Luck,” by Andy Plattner

Reviewed by Jessica Williams Dixie Luck, by Andy Plattner, is a seductive collection of drama-filled tales of risky gambling in the Deep South. The collection entices readers with knee-jerking turns, narcissistic characters and adventures in the hidden pockets of New Orleans, Biloxi, and other money-driven cities of the South. Most stories take readers down the […]

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from The University of Alabama. She has several years of career experience in the legal field as well as investigative services. A native of Grand Bay, Alabama, she lives in Central Florida with her husband and young son where she is a freelance writer, a […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Julia Nunnally Duncan, Author of “A Neighborhood Changes”

AM:  This is, I think, our third interview in the past few years, Julia.  That means that you’re prolific, given that each interview has been on the occasion of the publication of your latest book.  Today we’re talking about A Neighborhood Changes, a collection of poetry. I want to start by asking about the first […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Lara Bernhardt, Author of “The Haunting of Crescent Hotel”

AM:  Lara, so great to have the opportunity to interview you about The Haunting of Crescent Hotel.  Just to orient our readers: this interview takes place the week after Halloween.  I wish I had done the interview earlier, so that it could run on or around Halloween, but among the many merits of this book […]

“How We Came To Be,” by Johnnie Bernhard

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Forget the Father Knows Best clichés of the 1950s—they are so yesterday. Set in contemporary Houston and Austin, How We Came To Be (Texas Review Press, 2018) is a witty, insightful study of the forging of a twenty-first century family. A finalist in the 2017 International Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, the novel was […]

December Read of the Month: “Like Headlines,” by Nancy Dillingham

Reviewed by Fred Chappell Ezra Pound, that cranky ringmaster of twentieth century American poetry, offered this definition:  “Poetry is news that stays news.”  His point, that strong poetry is always important, fresh, and urgent, would be soberly received by many an earnest striver in the art, even those who had never heard of Pound.  Some […]

Fred Chappell

Fred Chappell is one of North Carolina’s most prolific writers.  His long list of credits includes fiction, short stories, poetry, and criticism. He was born in Canton, a small town in western North Carolina.  He attended Duke University and was a beloved professor of English for 40 years at UNC-Greensboro.  He served as North Carolina’s […]

“The Guy in the Box,” by Iain S. Baird

Reviewed by Donna Meredith True confession. I have long been a fan of Iain Baird’s writing, so I approached his new short story collection, The Guy in the Box, with high expectations. Baird more than met them. I was already familiar with a number of these stories because they won awards in the Seven Hills […]