Southern Stories
Modern Southern Writers
Aug 17/16

Modern Southern Writers Posted by: Lindsey Castrodale | 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, we shared our favorite Classic Southern Writers. Today, we're jumping into present times to explore some of the best writers to come from the South in our generation.

Ron Rash

Ron Rash’s novels, short stories, and poetry are mostly set in the rural Appalachian South, where his family has been since the 1700’s. A master of lyrical writing and tightly-woven storytelling, Rash explores religion, nature, and the human condition, among other things. The Cove is a good place to start.

Dorothy Allison

Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison’s first semi-autobiographical novel that was banned from libraries and classrooms yet revered by fans and critics, announced her place in the Southern Literary Tradition. Fourteen years after publication, it’s still creating waves.

Kevin Brockmeier
Arkansas’ own Kevin Brockmeier has been called one of “American’s best practitioner of fabulist fiction.” From Little Rock he writes literary as well as fantasy short stories and novels, and his first memoir was recently published. We recommend his fantasy novel The Brief History of the Dead as a jumping-in point.

Who are some of your favorite contemporary Southern writers?

By Paula Martin
Paula Martin was born and raised in Arkansas and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. She is a writer, teacher, mom, barefoot trail runner, martial artist, and free-thinker always packed and ready for the next adventure. 



Matt Horan on August 17 2016 at 10:54PM

Steve Stern. Seriously, he puts these in the shade.


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