Roger Sauls

Roger Sauls is a poet and bookman who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His most recent collection, The Hierarchies of Rue, is published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.

James Dickey: The Deliverance of a Poet

Atlanta, Georgia

Often appearing bigger than life, he was one of the 20th century’s most important Southern poets—but he didn’t stop there

Eudora Welty: Novelist as Poet, Poet as Novelist

Jackson, Mississippi

Successfully merging two genres, Welty forged a new kind of prose vocabulary, in which touches of poetry worked themselves into almost every paragraph

Literature and the Good Life: A Look at William Styron

Hilton Village, Virginia

Perhaps Styron’s greatest Southern attribute was that he knew how to fill his silences with meaningful personal moments

The Island in the Man: Walter Anderson and Horn Island

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

If any man’s life ever refuted the notion that no man is an island, it was the life of the Mississippi artist Walter Anderson

Stranded in the Southern Ditch: Paul Theroux’s Deep South

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Roger Sauls answers popular travel writer and novelist Theroux as he asks, “Can anything good come out of the South?”

Harper Lee Is Not at Home: A Southerner’s Literary Pilgrimages

Monroeville, Alabama

Roger Sauls takes a look at Margaret Eby’s latest: South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature

Robert Penn Warren and the Art of Longevity

Guthrie, Kentucky

With a career that lasted over half a century and included every literary genre, this Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet laureate stood tall among Southern Renaissance men

He Likes Bread and Butter: The Story of The Newbeats

Bremen, Georgia; Arp, Texas

Roger Sauls interviews his cousin Marc Mathis, who along with his brother Dean and Larry Henley made rock-and-roll history a half-century ago

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee: A Review

Monroeville, Alabama

Roger Sauls gives his take on the much-cussed/highly-discussed “newly-discovered” novel by one of the South’s most celebrated authors

Sewanee: Incubator of Southern Literature

Sewanee, Tennessee

After a century and a half of hatching some of the region’s best, The University of the South has made navigational adjustments to the modern world but stays the course as an exemplar of excellence in American academia

Going Down the Shady Side of the Mountain: William Alexander Percy’s Lanterns on the Levee

Greenville, Mississippi

Children of the Delta, the Percy family displayed nearly two centuries of notable literary achievement, and its peak was found in the poetry and memoir of 20th-century’s William Alexander Percy and the novels and philosophical writings of his beloved cousin Walker

On the Road with Groceries: The Story of the Rolling Store

Berrien County, Georgia

The historical origins of these “grocery stores on wheels” are as obscure and colorful as the enterprising men who drove them