“The Hammerhead Chronicles” by Scott Gould

To start, The Hammerhead Chronicles by Scott Gould isn’t about sharks and based on the number of social media posts coming from Gould reiterating this statement, some others went there too. Also, the world is divided into two groups—cyclists and non-cyclists. Cyclists even have their own secret language which includes hammerheads…that are not sharks. Apologies […]

Dawn Major interviews Scott Gould

I was introduced to Scott Gould through another South Carolina author, George Singleton. I reviewed Gould’s short story collection Strangers to Temptation and his first novel, Whereabouts on my blog, SouthernRead. He also wrote a memoir recently, Things That Crash, Things That Fly that is still on my “Must Read” stack. I didn’t know what […]

Dawn Major interviews Janisse Ray, author of “The Woods of Fannin County”

Associate Editor of Southern Literary Review, Dawn Major originally met Southern author, poet, activist, Janisse Ray while Major was a graduate student attending the Etowah Valley MFA Creative Writing Program. Ray taught a nonfiction workshop then and was the keynote speaker for the graduating class. DM: I know you had some anxiety over publishing fiction […]

December Read of the Month: “The Woods of Fannin County” by Janisse Ray

Astounding as it may seem for admirers of Southern author, poet, activist Janisse Ray, The Woods of Fannin County (Janisse Ray, 2022) is her first time publishing fiction. Maybe more surprising is her anxiety over venturing into fiction. The Woods of Fannin County is an unfathomable story, and perhaps, fiction made it easier to tell […]

Dawn Major interviews Kim Woods Miller about “The Woods of Fannin County”

Associate Editor of Southern Literary Review, Dawn Major was sharing Janisse Ray’s latest work, her novel, The Woods of Fannin County, on her Facebook page when a family member of the abandoned children Ray wrote about, Kim Woods Miller, thanked her for reading her family’s story. The novel is a work of fiction, inspired by […]

The Official Southern Literary Review 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Donna’s Picks For readers who liked Where the Crawdads Sing:  In the Lonely Backwater by Val Niemen For fans of graphic novels: The third in a series by Robert Gipe, Pop For Tony Soprano fans and fans of dark financial world fiction: Coyote Loop by L. C. Fiore For Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fans: The […]