Plantatia: High-toned and Low-down Stories of the South

Dixon Hearne

Finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards (one of two chosen)
Publication: August 2009
Pages: 217

For the past decade, Dixon Hearne has been one of the quiet heroes of American letters. Widely published in literary journals and reviews, he always leaves his readers with that feeling of being satisfied yet wanting more. Plantatia is full of familiar people and places—a wisteria-bound and oak-shaded South comprised of honky tonks, corner stores, mills, and revival churches populated by drunks, gossips, and scandalous preachers—part yarn and part folk in a way that is reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston. I highly recommend Plantatia for aficionados of Southern literature but also for all readers who simply like a good story well told. Darien Cavanaugh, editor, Yemassee

Plantatia offers a buffet of headstrong and sassy stories sure to please every palate. Dixon Hearne is your acerbic tour guide through the high- and lowlife settings of an Old South revitalized by his keen eye and ear. These stories move with the patience of Eudora Welty and the confidence of Flannery O’Connor. To steal one of Dixon Hearne’s phrases, you’ll leave these stories “with your heart laughing out loud.” Norman German, fiction editor, Louisiana Literature; author of A Savage Wisdom

This impressive debut collection from Dixon Hearne mixes relaxed storytelling of small-town life with insights into the human condition, along with a little of that strange, sad, mystical state of existence found only in the deep American South. Billy Fontenot, editor, The Louisiana Review

Dixon Hearne is a born storyteller and reading his “high-toned and low-down” stories reminded me of those precious porch-sitting days when the tales of my relatives evoked both laughter and tears.  Bev Marshall, author of Walking Through Shadows, Right As Rain, and Hot Fudge Sundae Blues

In this debut collection of stories filled with raucous characters and lively romps, Dixon Hearne proves he has mastered the Southern tradition of old-fashioned front-porch storytelling. Darnell Arnoult, author of Sufficient Grace and What Travels With Us: Poems


About the Cover artist:

Mary Hearne, born in rural Arkansas (Dallas County) in 1934, grew up among people, like her father, who made their living logging, farming, or sharecropping. “While my paintings speak specifically to my own upbringing, I hope they allow viewers of all backgrounds to glimpse a way of life that has all but disappeared.”

She has received numerous awards and participated in solo and regional exhibitions and is represented in both private and corporate collections. Private collectors include former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, Mary Matalin, advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, Harry and Linda Bloodworth Thomason, Hollywood Producers, and Julia Norrell, whose collection toured museums nationwide during 2000-2001.

One of her paintings was featured in the Julia Norrell exhibit, “Common Ground” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 10/2004 to 1/31/2005. She was one of 10 artists selected for commemorative items to be marketed for the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1986. One of her paintings was selected for permanent exhibition on the Navy’s nuclear battleship, USS Arkansas, until its retirement. One of her paintings was selected runner up in Art Network’s Millennium Edition of  “Encyclopedia of Living Artists” contest, Nevada City, CA.

Two paintings were selected by Harcourt College Publishers to be reproduced in the 10th ed. of textbook Looking Out, Looking In, copyright year 2002. She is registered with the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


About the author:

Dixon Hearne teaches and lives in southern California. His writing, however, draws greatly from the rich images in his daily life growing up along the graceful river traces in West Monroe, Louisiana. His short stories, essays, and poems—many of which have earned awards—appear in numerous magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. He is presently at work on a novel and editing a new book, Thanksgiving to Christmas: A Patchwork of Stories. He is co-editor of two recent collections of southern stories, a frequent presenter, and an invited speaker at the 2009 Louisiana Book Festival.

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ISBN: 978-0-9822489-1-1