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Sartoris Literary Group Makes History

By Gathering Work of South’s Top Writers

In Two-Volume Short Story Anthology


Sartoris Literary Group announces the publication of a short story anthology series titled Mojo Rising. The first edition will be a two-volume set, sold separately, entitled: Mojo Rising: Masters of the Art (Vol. 1) edited by James L. Dickerson and Mojo Rising: Contemporary Writers (Vol. 2) edited by Joseph B. Atkins.

All of America’s original music—blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz—originated in a relatively small geographical area called the Mojo Triangle (most of Mississippi, Memphis, New Orleans and Nashville). That same area also gave us some of America’s most soulful and innovative fiction writers. It is the mission of Mojo Rising to highlight those writers, past and present, by presenting their work in two volumes.


“The two Mojo Rising anthologies showcase an extraordinarily rich group of writers from a region bordered roughly by Memphis, New Orleans, and Nashville.  Volume I highlights writers who established the area’s rich heritage in the twentieth century, including, among others, the literary giants William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Richard Wright.  Volume Two, assembling fiction from a wide variety of exciting contemporary writers, testifies to the region’s ongoing literary flourishing.  These are superb collections—read them and get a glimpse into the mysterious depths of what James Dickerson calls the Mojo Triangle.”—Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr., Director, Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina



Dickerson’s Mojo Rising volume includes stories by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Faulkner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tennessee Williams, Richard Wright (generally regarded as one of the top three African American writers in American history), noted Civil War historian and novelist Shelby Foote, author Willie Morris (legendary editor of Harper’s Magazine in the 1960s, novelist, and journalist), American Book Award winner Ellen Gilchrist (who contributed a previously unpublished story), Elizabeth Spencer (graduate of Belhaven College and Vanderbilt University; University of Mississippi creative writing instructor; five-time winner of the O. Henry Award for short fiction), Stark Young, former drama critic for the New York Times and author of a bestselling novel “So Red the Rose,” and novelist and short writer Ellen Douglas, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and in the O. Henry collection of prize stories.

Mojo Rising: Volume 2 - Contemporary Writers, edited by Joseph B. Atkins, contains the work of New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins, author of two dozen novels, including The Fallen; writer Sheree Renee Thomas is editor of the Dark Matter anthology, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; William Boyle is the author of Gravesend and numerous short stories; author Julie Smith is the author of numerous novels, including P.I. On a Hot Tin Roof and Mean Woman Blues; she is a graduate of the University of Mississippi; Steven Barthelme is the author of two short story collections, Hush Hush and And He Tells the Little Horse the Whole Story; Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of a forthcoming novel to be published by One World/Random House, and the winner of the 2014 Iowa Review Award for fiction; former University of Mississippi journalism professor Jere Hoar is the author of a novel, The Hit, and a short story collection, Body Parts; Corey Mesler is the author of numerous poems, short stories and novels, including Memphis Movie; James L. Dickerson is the author of more than 30 books, including Mojo Triangle and Memphis Going Down; Margaret Skinner is the author of Cold Eye: A Short Story Collection and two novels published by Algonquin Books, Old Jim Canaan and Molly Flanagan and the Holy Ghost ; the late Larry Brown, author of the novel Joe, which was made into a movie starring Nicolas Cage, and Big Bad Love, which was made into a movie starring Debra Winger; and the editor of this book, Joseph B. Atkins, who is the author of a novel, Casey’s Last Chance.

“This collection proves that the link between southern writers is not regional storytelling, but fearless storytelling.”--Courtney Miller Santo, English Department, University of Memphis, Director of River City Writers Series

About the Editors

James L. Dickerson is the publisher of Sartoris Literary Group. After a career as a journalist for three Pulitzer Prize winning dailies, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, the Clarion Ledger-Jackson Daily News, and the Delta Democrat-Times of Greenville (MS), he began a career as a full-time author writing more than 30 books, including the prize winning Mojo Triangle: Birthplace of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll and Dixie’s Dirty Secret. He also wrote for Good Housekeeping, Omni, and BookPage. He has been a book critic for the Baltimore Sun, Toronto Star, and the Nashville Tennessean. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Dickerson is also a published short story writer and novelist.


Joseph B. Atkins, a journalism professor at the University of Mississippi, is a veteran journalist and former congressional correspondent. He has published short stories in various publications and his novella Crossed Roads was a finalist in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Awards in New Orleans. In 2015, Sartoris Literary Group published his novel, Casey’s Last Chance. He has homes in both Memphis and Oxford, Mississippi.


Buy Now Volume 1 - Buy Now Volume 2 on Amazon

Buy Now Mojo Rising Masters - Buy Now Mojo Contemporary Writers on Barnes and Nobles


William Faulkner (photo credit: Library of Congress)

Richard Wright (photo credit: Library of Congress

Ellen Douglas (Photo credit: Ayres Haxton)


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