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.

Welcome!

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.  

Mike Foldes

Mike Foldes is an electronics sales engineer specializing in electronic displays and power sources. A graduate of The Ohio State University in anthropology, he has edited and published in magazines, poetry anthologies, chapbooks, alternate newspapers, technical publications, and was an editor and columnist with Gannett newspapers in Binghamton, New York. He is founder of the […]

“Unlocking: A Memoir of Family and Art,” by Nancy Pressley

Reviewed by Honey Rand Ever since Mary Karr put thoughts to paper in The Liars Club sharing her personal slice of life about “growing up, crazy,” writers have amped their disclosures of people and events in memoirs. As writers, that’s what we are often coached or compelled to do; put your experience on the page. […]

Honey Rand

Honey Rand has been a writer since she could hold a pencil. Her work has focused primarily on science and nature and has been published in journals, magazines, newspapers, and other publications. Her book, Water Wars: A Story of People, Politics and Power, will be re-issued this year with a 20-years later chapter. She has […]

“America’s Alligator,” by Doug Alderson

Review by Phil Jason Author-adventurer Doug Alderson has had a lifelong love for nature, especially that of Florida and the American South. His several books attest to his knowledge and dedication to sharing it. This latest, on the American alligator, is filled with information and enthusiasm. Indeed, it has everything a non-specialist reader would want […]

“The Devil’s Bones,” by Carolyn Haines

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Best-selling, award-winning author Carolyn Haines writes wickedly entertaining, intelligent, and consistently compelling books, some dark, some cozy, some spiritual, and some just plain fun. In her prolific and diverse writing career, she has authored more than eighty books, including several series and one nonfiction publication. Inducted into the Alabama Writers’ […]

“Secrets of the Devil Vine,” by Faith Kaiser

Reviewed by Heather Newcomb Secrets of the Devil Vine is a homecoming narrative, but the home here is built on greed, secrets and abuse. The main character, Abigail Stewart—whose keen point of view drives the plot—returns home to coastal Alabama to seek answers to difficult questions from her childhood. Abby’s search takes readers on a […]

Heather Newcomb

Heather Newcomb is a professional writer and communications consultant who has published short fiction, articles and myriad print and digital content in her 25-year career. Her stories, reviews and articles have been published in various news and feature media, and she has studied journalism and creative writing at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Southern Festival of Books Announces Virtual Event

SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL EVENT   Free Online Event Featuring 100+ Authors – October 1-11, 2020 The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word announced that its 32nd annual event will take place October 1-11, 2020 online and free-of-charge. Humanities Tennessee, the organizer of the state’s largest literary event, will transition […]