Allen Mendenhall - Managing Editor of Southern Literary Review

Allen Mendenhall is associate dean at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center. His books include Literature and Liberty (2014), Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Pragmatism, and the Jurisprudence of Agon (2017), The Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William Corrington (2017) (editor), and Lines from a Southern Lawyer (2017). Visit his website at AllenMendenhall.com.

Allen Mendenhall Interviews George Weinstein, Author of “Watch What You Say”

AM:  Thanks, George, for this interview. I think we met once, years ago, at an Atlanta Writers Conference. This must have been around 2010 or 2011, when I was still a doctoral student in English and living in Atlanta—Alpharetta to be precise. What strikes me about the release of your new novel, Watch What You […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Walt Gragg, Author of “The Chosen One”

AM:  Thank you for doing this interview during the holiday season, Walt. Your second novel, The Chosen One, a military thriller, was recently released to much acclaim. Congratulations. Did you expect any Rushdie-style pushback against your depiction of fundamentalist Islam and the prophetic cleric Muhammad Mourad? WG:  I certainly hope not.  The book is not […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Diane C. McPhail, Author of “The Abolitionist’s Daughter”

AM:  Diane, thanks for the interview. It was so great seeing you at the Mississippi Book Festival this summer.  I’ve had the opportunity to read The Abolitionist’s Daughter during recent flights.  It’s an excellent novel.  Why don’t we start by having you tell our readers a little bit about it—background, characters, whatever you’d like to […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Patrick A. Howell, Author of “Yes, We Be”

AM:  Patrick, I’m so glad we’ve finally found the occasion to discuss Yes, We Be.  Let’s start broadly: what’s the book about? PH: Allen, Yes, We Be is different parts clarion call, first book of poetry and personal manifesto (the art and artifice to oneself of manifesting).   I’ve been writing much, much longer than the […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Amy Susan Wilson, Publisher of Red Dirt Press

AM:  Amy, thanks for doing this interview about Red Dirt Press. Congratulations, too, for reaching the six year mark. You focus on publishing poetry and prose that examines the complexities and diversities of the New South. You also have a focus on social justice issues that are global in nature yet connect to the New […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Julie E. Justicz, Author of “Degrees of Difficulty”

AM:  Julie, thanks for doing this interview about your debut novel, Degrees of Difficulty.  Congratulations, by the way. This book is the heart-wrenching story of a family drawn together and torn apart by a series of struggles, most of which involve Ben, the disabled son and brother of the other characters: Perry (father), Caroline (mother), […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Joe Taylor, Author of “Ghostly Demarcations”

AM:  Joe, I’m so happy about this interview.  We’re just down the road from each other, so I’m glad for the opportunity to connect.  Your new book is Ghostly Demarcations.  I’d like to start by asking about the title, specifically the word “demarcations.” JT:  Allen, well I half stole the title from a poem by […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Layton Green, Author of “A Shattered Lens”

AM:  I’m glad we get to do this interview, Layton.  I was intrigued when A Shattered Lens arrived in the mail and I opened the package and read this praise on the front cover: “Dostoevsky and Poe would be proud.” You don’t often hear Dostoevsky and Poe lumped together, but I knew instantly that whatever […]