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.

November Read of the Month: “The Curious Lives of Nonprofit Martyrs: Stories” by George Singleton

There are unwritten rules one must at least consider when attempting to mention an author’s place among the masters of the Southern literary canon. One of those is to include no less than two quotes from William Faulkner. So, let us begin. “A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, […]

“Indigo Field” by Marjorie Hudson

Indigo Field (Regal House, 2023) by Marjorie Hudson contains many strong elements, rather than one. She pulls off this feat with a full panoply of writing skills on display. First, Hudson creates a compelling story with three fully developed sets of racially diverse characters whose lives intersect in both harmony and conflict. The most important […]

Donna Meredith interviews Mimi Herman, author of “The Kudzu Queen”

DM: Mimi, I fell in love with your coming-of-age novel, The Kudzu Queen. Writing any book is a big undertaking that takes many months if not years. How long did you work on this book? MH: I’ve recently discovered something that surprised me. For a long time, I was convinced that I’d spent sixteen years […]

“Heart’s Core” by Joann Gardner

Prize-winning poet Joann Gardner, PhD, dives deep into Florida’s underground rivers and gathers gems and experiences too complex for simple surface tellings in Heart’s Core (Finishing Line Press 2023). This new poetry book is structured as a journey. Gardner’s book explores concepts of belonging and identity in her far-flung European and U.S. North-South immersions as […]

“The Middle Daughter” by Chika Unigwe

Award-winning author, James McBride, said to new writers, “The simple story is the best story,” and that is exactly what Chika Unigwe’s novel authored with her latest novel, The Middle Daughter. But Unigwe is not new to writing by any means. She writes essays, poetry, novels, and short stories. She has been published in numerous […]

Dawn Major interviews Chika Unigwe, author of “The Middle Daughter”

Introduction:  Associate Editor Dawn Major discovered The Middle Daughter while working with the chief editor of Dzanc Books, Michelle Dotter. Dzanc Books was awarded the prestigious 2023 AWP Small Press Publisher Award, so it should not be a surprise Chika Unigwe, who has received numerous awards, found a home with this wonderful and innovative press. […]