Dawn Major interviews Anjali Enjeti, Author of “Southbound”

DM: I met you during my residency as a graduate student while getting my MFA in creative writing at Reinhardt University where you are an instructor with the MFA program. In your essay, “Anger Like Fire,” you celebrate rage. That essay meant a lot to me, because as a woman, and as a Southern woman, […]

“Southbound: Essays on Identity, Heritage, and Social Change,” by Anjali Enjeti

Reviewed by Dawn Major  Early into Southbound Enjeti says, “The problem with masks is that it’s very hard to see out of them.” The human mind attempts to find connections and these particular words connected the entire collection thematically. Enjeti was referring to the mask of silence here, specifically hiding behind a mask as a […]

Dawn Major interviews J. Michael White about William Gay’s “Fugitives of the Heart”

DM: Michael, I appreciate you doing this interview about William Gay’s last novel, Fugitives of the Heart. Gay describes this book as “a boy’s coming-of-age in a dying iron ore community of Depression era Tennessee,” and says that he was inspired by Mark Twain’s classic, Huckleberry Finn. What are a few similarities between Huckleberry Finn […]

“Fugitives of the Heart,” by William Gay

Reviewed by Dawn Major Fugitives of the Heart was found in the attic of a hand-built house where William Gay raised his kids. I had the opportunity to assist editing this lost work and am so pleased fans of Gay will finally have the chance to read his last novel, Fugitives of the Heart, which […]

Dawn Major

Dawn Major received her MFA in Creative Writing from Reinhardt University. She was a recipient of the James Dickey Fellowship in 2020 and served as editorial assistant for the James Dickey Review. In 2019, her nonfiction won the Dr. Robert Driscoll Award for Excellence in Writing on Regional Themes and her fiction won Reinhardt University’s Faculty […]