Southern Writers on Writing

Released May 2018 from University Press of Mississippi; Edited by Susan Cushman, Foreword by Alan Lightman

The South is often misunderstood on the national stage, characterized by its struggles with poverty, education, and racism, yet the region has yielded an abundance of undeniably great literature. In Southern Writers on Writing, Susan Cushman collects twenty-six writers from across the South whose work celebrates southern culture and shapes the landscape of contemporary southern literature. Contributors hail from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina Virginia, and Florida.

The anthology includes ontributions by Julie Cantrell, Katherine Clark, Susan Cushman, Jim Dees, Clyde Edgerton, W. Ralph Eubanks, John M. Floyd, 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.

Read what other authors are saying about Southern Writers on Writing:

Insightful, inspiring, and sometimes contentious, Southern Writers on Writing is as complicated and diverse as the South itself. This collection is required reading for anyone who hopes to understand our fraught and blessed region.Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi

This is no stodgy how-to book. Southern Writers on Writing is overflowing with good, strong voices — funny, caustic, compelling, and — yes — absurd. The writers Susan Cushman has assembled here understand this craft. They have endured the suffering that leads to great prose appearing so damn effortless. This collection is essential reading for emerging writers — as well as any fan of modern Southern fiction.Neil White, author, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts