Meet the Editors

Donna Meredith is publisher and editor-in-chief. Claire Hamner Matturro and Dawn Major serve as associate editors. RIGHT: Photographs by VanessaK Photography, LLC.


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August Read of the Month: “The Murder Gene” by Karen Spears Zacharias

The Murder Gene (Koehler Books, 2022) is written with the precision of an ace journalist and with the page-turning intrigue of an award-winning novelist. No surprise since the author, Karen Spears Zacharias, is both. This combination of talents results in compelling nonfiction which deserves a wide and appreciative audience. Not only impeccably written, the book […]

Tune in to Melodically Challenged Radio Show for Poetry

Tune in to WRAS 88.5 online or on your radio app from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST every Tuesday. This weekly radio show plays the best in contemporary poetry, traditional and avant-garde poetry, and alternative music revolving around a theme. Their website offers links to more great poetry and music by the artists that […]

Jon Sokol

Jon Sokol is a writer, forester, traveler, and furniture-maker. He lives in Northeast Georgia with his wife, Karen. He mostly writes fiction often drifting toward Southern gothic and his fascination with all things peculiar. Jon’s work has appeared in the James Dickey Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Gutwrench Journal, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, […]

Broadleaf Writers Conference  

7th Annual Broadleaf Writers Conference   OCT 8-9, 2022 7th Annual Broadleaf Writers Conference – Broadleaf Writers Association

William Gay Reading at Bear Bookstore

WHAT:  Reading/ Discussion on STORIES FROM THE ATTIC by William Gay with Team Gay members at Bear Bookstore WHEN: AUGUST 7, 2022 from 4-8 p.m. WHERE: BEAR BOOK MARKET 85 East Main Street Dahlonega, GA 30533 DETAILS:

Dawn Major interviews Michelle Dotter, editor-in-chief of Dzanc Books

I became acquainted with Michelle Dotter, editor-in-chief of Dzanc Books, through the Team Gay—a group of scholars, artists, writers, and enthusiasts who have been working on publishing William Gay’s posthumous books. It was a real honor working with Michelle. The team absolutely bombarded her with emails debating what some might think to be trivial points—why […]