New Poetry by Redd featured in THE PENWOOD REVIEW

Redd’s poem, “A Mother’s Wish” is featured in the spring 2013 issue of THE PENWOOD REVIEW. Without sentiment, the poem deals with religion, motherhood, and hope, all themes which fit well in the literary journal.



Redd’s Collection of Stories, Taking the Cure, Receives Honor

James Madison Redd’s collection of interrelated short stories, Taking the Cure, has been announced as a semi-finalist for the 2012 St. Lawrence Book Award in Fiction. See the list of finalists here. “Half-Day Christmas,” a story from the collection, is upcoming from Steel Toe Review this month.


Advance praise for Redd’s collection:

Taking the Cure, a collection of interrelated short stories, sees life through the perspective of the Southern and marginalized. Unfairly pushed to the fringes of polite Southern society, homosexuals and their children, ex-husbands and widowers, beggars and addicts, are just trying to live a happy life. The community claims that these “sinners” need redemption through either the church, prison, or rehabilitation. Yet these institutions’ “remedies” can cause great harm. Redd’s fiction proves that people who suffer need, not a judgmental, vengeful, and distant God,  but acceptance, compassion, and understanding from the rest of humanity.”

According to the press, “Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book.”

Redd’s New (Cleaner) Poem Published

Redd’s poem (My Dad) The Cleaner Salesman is featured in the October issue of Subliminal Interiors. If you’ve ever known a vacuum cleaner salesman and / or a preacher, you’ll love this playful piece. Click here to read it.

You might also like the poem by Barry Basden in this issue about Neil Young and a young man.

The Cleaner Salesman

Interview of Derrick Harriell “Music, Religion, and Performance” featured on Prairie Schooner Blog

This interview, featured on the Prairie Schooner Blog, is the first in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by Prairie Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. On August 15th 2012 he met with poet Derrick Harriell, Professor of Creative Writing and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi. The following is a brief excerpt from their meeting in the John D. Williams Library’s Blues Archive, one week after Harriell’s move from Milwaukee to Oxford. They discussed music, religion, and performance, and their relation to poetry.

Follow this link to see it posted: