Announcing the 2023 Southern Literary Review Books of the Year

The editors of Southern Literary Review select one book each year to receive special recognition. It recognizes books published between October of two years previous to October of the current year.  The Book of the Year should Be written by a Southern author or have a Southern setting. Have lasting value as part of the […]

December Read of the Month: “Homelight” by Lola Haskins

The poems in Lola Haskins’ newest collection, Homelight (Charlotte Lit Press 2023), are equally elegant and eloquent in their graceful blend of theme, imagery, and language. Elegant in their refined, fluent use of words and eloquent in their visions and messages, these are luminous poems. While some poems are nearly haiku-short, others contain many stanzas, […]

“how small, confronting morning” by Lola Haskins

Poet Lola Haskins’s enthusiasm for her adopted state of Florida is expressed with grace, power, and beauty in how small, confronting morning (Jacar Press 2016; released as ebook 2021), a collection of thirty-five poems. The words and images captured in the book quietly yet passionately evoke a wild and natural Florida that is being lost […]

Claire Hamner Matturro interviews poet Lola Haskins

Lola Haskins is a Florida treasure. She is a widely published poet of grand and varied range, a former computer science lecturer, a creative writing teacher, an environmental activist, an outdoor enthusiast, and the recipient of far too many awards, honors, and accolades to completely list. The late renowned poet W.S. Merwin said, “Haskins writes […]