Undeniably, the South has yielded an abundance of great writers. Is it the landscape? Is it the region’s rich history? What drives the urge of so many southerners to express themselves through the written word?
From Katherine Clark’s advice to anyone who aspires to be a southern writer to John M. Floyd’s reflection on the impact the storytellers of his youth had on his desire to become a good storyteller himself, Southern Writers on Writing is a collection of 26 essays edited by Susan Cushman that celebrate our culture and the writers who bring it to life on the page.
Being a Louisiana native myself, I particularly enjoyed (and related to!) Julie Cantrell’s reflection on her childhood in the Bayou State, “where you keep your eyes wide open — for snakes, for spiders, for predators of all sorts,” and how putting ink to page helped her survive such surroundings.
Other contributors to this anthology include Jim Dees, Clyde Edgerton, W. Ralph Eubanks, Joe Formichella, Patti Callahan Henry, Jennifer Horne, Ravi Howard, Suzanne Hudson, River Jordan, Harrison Scott Key, Cassandra King, Alan Lightman, Sonja Livingston, Corey Mesler, Niles Reddick, Wendy Reed, Nicole Seitz, Lee Smith, Michael Farris Smith, Sally Palmer Thomason, Jacqueline Allen Trimble, M. O. Walsh, and Claude Wilkinson.
About the Editor
Susan Cushman was co-director of the 2013 and 2010 Creative Nonfiction Conferences in Oxford, Mississippi, and director of the Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop in 2011. She is author of Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer’s and Cherry Bomb and editor of A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We Are Meant to Be. Her writing has appeared in many anthologies and journals. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, she now lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (May 16, 2018)
Review Notes: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.