The Southern Review of Books is a publication of the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. Founded in 2020 and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, we’re dedicated to exploring contemporary literature from diverse voices in the American South and beyond.

Every week, we publish new book and film reviews, author interviews, and more. Every month, we host the Charlotte Writers Salon at That’s Novel Books, a social event with a moderated Q&A with a guest author or editor. And every year, we celebrate Southern-based poets and writers with the Southern Review of Books Awards in the fall.

Our cicada logo was designed by Charlotte’s own Dan Stosich. The cicada’s name is McCullers.

We’re proud to partner with Bookshop.org in supporting independent bookstores instead of Amazon.


Adam Morgan – Founding Editor
Chelsea Risley – Editor-in-Chief
E.J. Batiste – Art Director
Mara Davis Price – Daily Editor
Amy R. Martin – Daily Editor
Anna Harris-Parker – Daily Editor
Chaney Hill – Daily Editor
Jennette Holzworth – Daily Editor
Mary Miller – Editor-at-Large, Mississippi
Shani Raine Gilchrist – Editor-at-Large, South Carolina
Genevieve Hudson – Editor-at-Large, Alabama
Sara Cutaia Mantzoros – Editor-at-Large, Texas
Mesha Maren – Editor-at-Large, West Virginia
Aram Mrjoian – Editor-at-Large, Florida
Nick White – Editor-at-Large, Mississippi
Wiley Cash – Editor-at-Large, North Carolina
Amber Sparks – Editor-at-Large, Washington, D.C. (it counts)
Aruni Kashyap – Editor-at-Large, Georgia

Board of Advisors

Melissa Bashor
Gisele Firmino
Fred Leebron

Contributing Writers

Alan Baumel
Alex Kuzio
Allison Manley
Amy Martin
Amy Mercer
Aubrey Cofield
Bradley Sides
Carrie Teresa Sage
Claire O’Brien
Cliff Garstang
Cyndie Zikmund
Dean Jobb
Don Rath
Ellis Elliott
Ellen Birkett Morris
Jackie Hutchins
Janyce Wardlaw
Jason Gallimore
Jessi Rae Morton
Jonathan Haupt
Jordan Zachary
Justin Evans
Kate Murphy
KT Sparks
Lacey Lyons
Lisa Roeder
Matthew Duffus
Michel Sabbagh
Monika Dziamka
Nancy Williard
Nikki Leahy
Patrick Willwerth
Rachael Greene
Rachel Lutwick-Deaner
Timothy Davis
Wendi Berry


As of 2022, the Southern Review of Books is all-volunteer, including our board of directors, editorial staff, and contributing writers. We hope to offer compensation in the future, but until then we recommend submitting to paying outlets first.

If you’re still interested in reviewing books or films, interviewing authors, or otherwise contributing to the SRB, email us at editors@southernreviewofbooks.com with a link to your writing (personal websites are fine; no attachments, please).

Note that with a few exceptions, we cover new books the same month they’re published, and we avoid conflicts of interest when assigning review coverage (i.e., no personal connections between critics and authors).

Previous Editors

Donna Tallent – Senior Editor
Huong Trinh – Daily Editor
Jessica Bedford – Daily Editor
Mandy Kline – Daily Editor
Sara Beth West – Daily Editor
Amber Wheeler Bacon – Daily Editor