Meet the Editors

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

May Read of the Month: “The Tender Grave,” by Sheri Reynolds

Reviewed by Donna Meredith The Tender Grave, by Sheri Reynolds, not only offers interesting characters and strong imagery, but it also builds an unusual level of tension and suspense for a literary novel. Witness this early passage: She hadn’t been to bed, not all night, and though she’d brushed her teeth before she left, her […]

Southern Festival of Books Announces Virtual and In-Person Dates

Tennessee’s Largest Literary Event Returns for its 33rd Year with Virtual and In-Person Programming NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce that the 33rd annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will take place in-person, Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10 at downtown’s War Memorial Plaza. Organizers of the event, the state’s […]

“The Favorite Daughter,” by Patti Callahan Henry

Reviewed by Becca Spence Dobias The Favorite Daughter begins with a shocking inciting incident—one that immediately hooks readers. After laying this exciting groundwork, however, the writing begins to feel predictable. The main character, Colleen, feels like someone we’ve read before—the cynical New Yorker, burned by betrayal, commitment-phobic, and married to her work. When news of […]

Abigail De Witt Interviews Lee Zacharias on her New Novel, “What a Wonderful World This Could Be”

AD: What drew you to write this particular book at this particular time? LZ: I actually wrote this book quite a while ago, though I restructured and revised it much later. When my first novel, which came out in 1981, was in press, my editor, who was something of a political junkie, told me I should […]

Lee Zacharias

Lee Zacharias was born in Chicago and grew up in Hammond, Indiana. She has written 3 previous novels, a collection of short stories, and a collection of essays. Many of her essays have been cited by The Best American Essays, and “Buzzards” was reprinted in the 2008 edition. She has held fellowships from the National […]

Abigail DeWitt

Abigail DeWitt is the author of three novels: Lili (WW Norton), Dogs (Lorimer Press), and News of Our Loved Ones (HarperCollins). Her short fiction has appeared in Narrative, Five Points, Witness, Alaska Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has been cited in The Best American Short Stories and has received grants and fellowships from the North […]

“Larry Brown, Writer,” and a Place Called Tula

Essay by Rob McDonald   I lived almost ten years of my early life beside a railroad track in Memphis, and I never stopped longing to live in Mississippi, where I was born, and to be in the country, a place like this. . . . It’s one thing to have a life in a […]

Rob McDonald

Rob McDonald is a photographer who has been living a double life as an English professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty at the Virginia Military Institute for a number of years.  His writing and photographs have appeared in Southern Cultures, South Atlantic Review, The North Carolina Literary Review, and Shenandoah, among other literary journals. In 2019, […]