Nonfiction

Articles, essays, and opinions from & about the New South.

The Neo-Nazis Come to Town

The Neo-Nazis Come to Town

A City of Healing “It’s a free country” is a childhood taunt kids learn on playgrounds and in lunchrooms. Despite that most Americans can’t explain the Bill of Rights, we’re possessive of our freedoms. Except when it means Neo-Nazis can pay a fifty-dollar permit fee...
Southern Lit Presents: Sonia Sanchez

Southern Lit Presents: Sonia Sanchez

Stutters, Spirituality, and Self: Redefining Southern Womanhood Southern culture is rife with leaders, both spiritual and political. Walk into a church, the South’s favored place of worship, and you’re likely to find a pastor. Last year, Christianity Today noted that...
RaMell Ross Sits Down with TNSF

RaMell Ross Sits Down with TNSF

RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening has been enthralling audiences since its debut at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Set in Hale County, Alabama, this evocative documentary gives a new meaning to the Black communities who live there. It is about...
Stone Cold, Goofy, and The Godfather

Stone Cold, Goofy, and The Godfather

Ill-Informed Musings of a Man Who Has Hardly Ever Been South I am ashamed to admit that I am 41 years old and my only trips to the South (so far) have been childhood pilgrimages to Walt Disney World. That’s right: Not only have I failed to visit a Southern state not...
Southern Lit Presents: Nikki Giovanni

Southern Lit Presents: Nikki Giovanni

An Old Adage’s Expiration Date: Giovanni’s Sweet Inspiration “If white defines Black and good defines evil then men Define women or women scientifically speaking describe Men. If sweet is the opposite of of sour and heat the Absence of cold then love is the...
PC at the Cemetery

PC at the Cemetery

It all started when the Robert E. Lee statue was removed from New Orleans and the white supremacists were demonstrating in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president said there were some “fine people” among them as well among the counter-protesters. Now some of these...