The Black Ocean by Brian Barker

Brian Barker’s second collection of poetry, The Black Ocean, opens with the 13-page “Dragging Canoe Vanishes from the Bear Pit into the Endless Clucking of the Gods.” Spliced into numerous sections in which Barker’s memory of visiting Cherokee, N.C., is merged with meditations on America’s abuse of Native Americans, “Dragging Canoe” forecasts much of what’s […]

Persons Unknown, by Jake Adam York

Click to Buy Persons Unknown By Jake Adam York Reviewed by Danielle Sellers        With an epigraph from William Faulkner’s Light in August, Persons Unknown explores the concept of hardship and internal struggle. That two personalities can inhabit one body is a trope Jake Adam York weaves throughout the collection.      Readers familiar with […]

Bone Key Elegies by Danielle Sellers

Bone Key Elegies by Danielle Sellers Reviewed by Heather Matesich Cousins            Danielle Sellers’s first book of poetry, Bone Key Elegies, is a staring contest with death.  In this impressive, autobiographically-inspired debut, Sellers examines Key West, evoking the geography of her childhood and adolescence.  The poet-speaker of these poems has moved from Key […]

Inspirational Reads for Easter

     Looking for inspirational reads to celebrate your faith this Easter? Try these titles picked especially for Southern Lit Review readers.      Scott Cairns is widely recognized as one of the leading spiritual writers of modern times. His poetry is particularly philosophical, inspiring readers to fully examine their spiritual beliefs on both a cognitive and […]

Celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day

    April 14th, is Poem In Your Pocket Day.     Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.  Find a list of events celebrating National Poetry Month at www.poets.org.     Looking for a poem to fold into your pocket? Write one of your own and post it […]

Who Influenced Award-Winning Poet, Kate Daniels?

     Kate Daniels was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and educated at the University of Virginia (B.A. and M.A. in English Literature) and Columbia University (M.F.A. School of the Arts).  Her teaching career has taken her to the University of Virginia; the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Louisiana State University; Wake Forest University; Bennington […]

Meet Irene Latham, Author of Leaving Gee’s Bend

Leaving Gee’s Bendauthor, Irene Latham, recently charmed a packed audience during her visit to Oxford, Mississippi. Below, she’s generously shared her thoughts on writing and quilting with SLR contributor Abigail Greenbaum. Enjoy. SLR: How did you discover the quilts of Gee’s Bend, and why did they move you so deeply? What about these quilts in particular, so […]

Peter Schmitt

Peter Schmitt is the author of five collections of poems: Renewing the Vows, from David Robert Books; Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press); and two chapbooks, Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear, from Pudding House.    He has received The Lavan Award from The Academy of American […]