October 17, 2017

Fellow Southern literature fanatics will probably recall the following quote from Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch famously says to Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you c...

October 5, 2017

I don’t think it’s an overgeneralization to say that our relationships to our families and to our place of births are frequently fraught with difficulty. Even under the best of circumstances, relationships that are so profound, so essential to our identities, and so im...

July 27, 2017

The first thing that struck me about Skandalon, T.R. Hummer’s latest collection of poetry, was the title. I mean, what on earth is a skandalon? So, as with most things in life, I turned to Google for the answer, and as it turns out, the Oxford English Dictionary define...

July 20, 2017

Art has the ability to transform us. Anyone who has ever watched a thought-provoking film, heard a moving piece of music, or read a particularly good book can tell you that. Art also has a strange way of bringing people together. Think about what happens when you meet...

June 12, 2017

History is like a cluttered attic, hiding boxes stuffed with dark secrets in forgotten corners. One such secret is the work of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis. Beginning in the 1920s and lasting through 1950, thousands of children were...

June 8, 2017

Nothing says “summer reading” like a good thriller, so I was more than happy to dig into That Bright Land, the newest novel from Terry Roberts, winner of the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and guest writer at this year’s SouthWord on November...

June 2, 2017

Admittedly, I have a penchant for the fantastical. I spent most of my formative years reading Harry Potter and Redwall novels, and I still find myself drawn to literature that deals with the strange and otherworldly—even as an adult. It makes sense, then, that I would...

May 25, 2017

Hello all!

After a little less than a week of lurking in the shadows, I figured it was probably about time that I introduced myself. So, here we go! My name is Emily, and I’m the Southern Lit Alliance’s newest summer intern. I’m a recent graduate of the University of th...

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