October Read of the Month: “Second Blooming,” edited by Susan Cushman

Reviewed by Robert Kostuck “I was given a second chance, as were others in this anthology. Some of their lives were changed by trauma, some by incarceration, some by the loss of a loved one, some by marriages gone wrong or by new careers gone right.” —Susan Cushman “The explorer who will not come back […]

“Bead by Bead,” by Suzanne Henley

Reviewed by Susan Cushman In 2013 I was in a life-threatening car wreck. I broke my neck, right leg, and ankle, and was stuck in my house for the first few months of my recovery. One day Suzanne Henley came to see me and brought me a beautiful necklace she had made from exotic beads […]

“Friends of the Library,” by Susan Cushman

Reviewed by Niles Reddick A few months ago, I got an email from Susan Cushman asking if I would endorse her newest book project, a collection of stories titled Friends of the Library. As usual, I immediately agreed and didn’t regret that decision. I have known Susan for several years through a Southern authors blog […]

“Reading the Coffee Grounds and Other Stories,” by Niles Reddick

Reviewed by Susan Cushman  As I review Pulitzer-nominee Niles Reddick’s latest short story collection, Reading the Coffee Grounds and Other Stories, I am also taking a stab at working in this genre for the first time myself. As a novelist, memoirist, essayist, and anthology editor, I’m new to writing short stories. I’m in awe of […]

Susan Cushman

Susan Cushman is author of a novel, Cherry Bomb, and memoir, Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer’s, and editor of Southern Writers on Writing and A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We Are Meant to Be. Her essays have appeared in four anthologies and numerous journals and magazines. She was co-director of […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Susan Cushman, Editor of “Southern Writers on Writing”

AM:  I’ve been delighting in the essays in Southern Writers on Writing, Susan, and am so glad to see this book in print. I’m happy, too, that we’re doing an interview about it. Tell me, how did you choose which authors to include in this collection? SC:  I’m so glad you’re enjoying the essays, Allen. […]

“Cherry Bomb,” by Susan Cushman

Reviewed by Niles Reddick Cherry Bomb is Susan Cushman’s first novel, but it doesn’t read like a debut novel. It reads like the work of a master. Cushman is no novice. Her previous books include an excellent and thoughtful work of non-fiction, Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer’s, and the edition A Second […]

What to Give the Writing Dad? Registration to Nonfiction Workshop

2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop Memphis, Tennessee September 23-25, 2011        The 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop will feature faculty-led manuscript critique sessions, craft talks, a “pitch fest” hosted by a literary agent, panels, and keynote presentations by published authors in the field of creative nonfiction, including creative nonfiction authors, Neil White, Kristen Iversen, […]