Valeria Vose, a Novel by Alice Bingham Gorman Published by She Writes Press, Berkeley, CA October 2018 “Time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your ownRead more
“I’d never had a broken heart and didn’t understand the difference between what you feel and what you have to do.” The novel, Mourning Dove embraces an enduring story of the 1970s American South and holdsRead more
Just Published Karen Paul Holmes’s No Such Thing as Distance Karen Paul Holmes is the author of Untying the Knot (Aldrich Press 2014). She is a past recipient of an Elizabeth GeorgeFoundation writing grant andRead more
Tricia Boooker’s: “The Place of Peace and Crickets: how adoption, heartache, and love built a family” is brutal, honest, loving and a masterpiece of a memoir. Booker goes in deep, where most of usRead more
Southern Legitimacy Statement: “Families will not be broken. Curse and expel them, send their children wandering, drown them in floods and fires, and old women will makes songs of all these sorrows and sit onRead more
According to his website, https://wilgibson.com/, Wil Gibson is “a white trash poet.” I first came to know of his work when he reached out to me several years ago after discovering we were from theRead more
sorry you are not an instant winner, by Doritt Carroll. Kattywompus Press, 2017. $12. Reviewed by CL Bledsoe The poems in Carroll’s chapbook are stripped-down narratives, eschewing punctuation or capitalization, in a style somewhatRead more
Southern Legitimacy Statement: Being from Memphis, Tennessee, I am an avid reader of Southern writers. Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, Donna Tartt, and Ron Rash are among my favorites; all tell a tale in incomparableRead more
The Art of Dissolving, by Donald Illich. (Georgetown, KT: Finishing Line Press, 2016. 28 Pp. $14.99, paperback) Rocket Children, by Donald Illich. (Bamboo Creek Press, 2012. 38 Pp. paperback) I don’t remember the first timeRead more
Phillip Thompson’s latest thriller, Outside the Law, would/should/will attract a vast array of readers. There are those who enjoy the thriller genre, of course. But Thompson’s book will also garner appreciation from those who loveRead more
The Dead Mule spoke with Mule writer and author Phillip Thompson after reading his latest thriller Outside the Law, released this month (Feb 2017) by Brash-Books.com. A review of Outside the Law is included inRead more
In our 22nd year online!
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–Val MacEwan, 1996
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