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Start your day, your afternoon, your evening… pick a time of day… with our brand new podcast. Click here for immediate entry into the Dead Mule world of southern story- telling brought to you by Virginia Lee, the official voice of the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Please support…

Click here to read more... BRAIN FERTILIZER IS HERE and it’s all about Funerals!

BRAIN FERTILIZER IS HERE and it’s all about Funerals!

Posted in Fiction

SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT When we unexpectedly showed up at Grandma’s house on any given Sunday, she would send one of my older brothers into the yard to catch a chicken or two. She was quicker and more efficient at wringing the chicken’s neck, so she would deftly, with a flick…

Click here to read more... Sheila Arnold : Fiction : Nov 2020

Sheila Arnold : Fiction : Nov 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was raised in the foothills of North Carolina and have spent the majority of my adult life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Watauga County, NC. This piece locates its narrative along Brushy Fork Ridge, where I built my house twenty years ago. The Tao of…

Click here to read more... Philip Arnold: Essay : Nov 2020

Philip Arnold: Essay : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a double immigrant from Italy and Venezuela who became a Texan 25 years ago. On top of that, I am a first-generation college graduate who received a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. That’s over 30 years of experience as a…

Click here to read more... Elisabetta La Cava : Fiction : Nov 2020

Elisabetta La Cava : Fiction : Nov 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Nicole Yurcaba is a Ukrainian-American poet and essayist who teaches at Bridgewater College in Virginia. Well-Traveled It’s had a long journey, your letter. Today, it arrived nearly six weeks post-maling—at its intended destination, not to its intended person. I am not there, in Iceland. I am 4,852…

Click here to read more... Nicole Yurcaba : Essay : Nov 2020

Nicole Yurcaba : Essay : Nov 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Dear editors at The Dead Mule, Have I ever told you how much I love the South? Probably not, because we’ve never met. I live all the way up here in Alberta, Canada and have so much appreciation for the Southern United States having a food background…

Click here to read more... Lindsay Brown : Essay : Nov 2020

Lindsay Brown : Essay : Nov 2020

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT: Mississippi birthed me skinny, Louisiana fattened me up, Georgia married me off, Tennessee worked me like a borrowed mule and Florida retired me. My favorite quote is from Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. ” The South is a place. East, west, and north are nothing…

Click here to read more... Claire Massey : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Claire Massey : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: We lived up in a holler outside Waynesboro, Tennessee. My dad was a master sergeant in Korea, at 23 years old. They killed everyone else, except Private Simmons, so they put my dad in charge. We never got along, so I hit the road Jack… Those…

Click here to read more... Christopher J. Ananias : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Christopher J. Ananias : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I have worked jobs that are always considered women’s jobs such as maid, nanny, hostess, daycare facilitator and now as a librarian. I am interested in identities in the south as well as the interconnection between landscape and identity. I live and work in Savannah, Georgia. How…

Click here to read more... Strawberry Trellis : Essay/Memoir : Nov 2020

Strawberry Trellis : Essay/Memoir : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: As a student at one of the South’s finest public universities, I rediscovered my childhood penchant for long conversations, piping hot, locally roasted coffee, and kind souls who always have enough time for tradition. The public transportation systems aren’t bad, either. The 32 Bus The 32 bus…

Click here to read more... Jennifer Schneider : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Jennifer Schneider : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Erik Peters is a teacher with a love of the American south. Whether it is southern comfort -of either the welcoming kind or the sort which warms your throat around a campfire- or country music, the south’s culture of rugged individualism has become a hallmark of Peters’…

Click here to read more... Erik Peters : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Erik Peters : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in North Carolina and spent more than half my life in the south – variously residing in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. I admire Mark Twain for mighty specific reasons and Allan Gurganus for others. I have asked both authors questions. Knowing of our…

Click here to read more... Charles Philip Brooks : Fiction : Nov 2020

Charles Philip Brooks : Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Galveston, TX, and raised in Houston after my family evacuated following Hurricane Carla. I am educated at the University of Texas, Texas State University, and Texas Tech. That’s a whole bunch of southern bona fides. But here’s more. I grew and still enjoy…

Click here to read more... Steve Gerson : flash fiction : Nov 2020

Steve Gerson : flash fiction : Nov 2020

Posted in Poetry

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Native to Virginia and long-resident in Georgia, I’m as Southern as Southern can be. (Let’s not talk about the seven-year stretch in New Jersey.) A prominent Mid-Western poet once told me during a workshop, “I could listen to you read the phone book.” Sam’s Club –Hiram, Georgia…

Click here to read more... Jane Blanchard : Poetry : Nov 2020

Jane Blanchard : Poetry : Nov 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I have always lived in the South, having been raised in North Carolina, and now living south of the north pole. Tame I had already drunk a couple of beers when Theresa pointed to a sign that read, Lion Enclosure, and suggested, “Let’s go take some pictures.” We dropped…

Click here to read more... Gretchen Day : Memoir : Nov 2020

Gretchen Day : Memoir : Nov 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

My SLS: I was born and raised in Alabama by my herpetologist dad, my artist mom, and a host of relatives and babysitters. After an eight year stint in Massachusetts, the setting of this tale, I brought my Yankee husband back to Alabama where we raised our own children. Note…

Click here to read more... Mary Dansak : Memoir : Nov 2020

Mary Dansak : Memoir : Nov 2020

Posted in Poetry

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born, reared, and educated in South Louisiana, the sixth generation of my family in the New Orleans area. When I was really little, my family used to watch Hee-Haw every weekend, and somehow I learned to sing like those heart-in-her-throat gals. I want to be…

Click here to read more... Mathias Alpuente : Poetry : Nov 2020

Mathias Alpuente : Poetry : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Some folks say Oklahoma is the south, I’m not so sure. I was born there and grew up there but always heard the call of those more southern states. I moved on down to Texas for a while and soon enough I slid on over to New…

Click here to read more... Emily Painton : Fiction : Nov 2020

Emily Painton : Fiction : Nov 2020

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My Southern Legitimacy is that I used to work towboats out of exotic ports such as Fouchon and Houma. There I developed a lifelong thirst for sweet tea and gumbo done right. If that isn’t enough legitimacy, I understand. Not everyone can be bona fide Southern. Three Stories Drilling  We…

Click here to read more... Travis Stephens : Fiction : Nov 2020

Travis Stephens : Fiction : Nov 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Jon Sokol is a writer and a professional forester. He lives in Hartwell, Georgia with his wife, Karen, and their cat, Layla. Originally from South Carolina, Jon is a graduate of both Clemson University (BS-Forestry) and Georgia Southern (MBA) and is currently enrolled in the Etowah Valley…

Click here to read more... Jon Sokol : Essay : Oct 2020

Jon Sokol : Essay : Oct 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in the South, but I’ve been around. I carry it with me everywhere. An Evening with Friends Jo-Jo shook loose tobacco onto the paper, rolled it and ran his tongue along the edge. He stowed the near-empty pouch and the book of…

Click here to read more... Karan Freimark : Fiction : Oct 2020

Karan Freimark : Fiction : Oct 2020

Posted in Poetry

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Missouri and now live (very, very) close to Atlanta. With the exception of college, I have spent my entire life in the South. She Would Always Be My Girl From birth, she was love at first sightHer eyes set my heart…

Click here to read more... Andy Betz : Poetry : Oct 2020

Andy Betz : Poetry : Oct 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am legitimately from the South, even though people from further South may debate the legitimacy of the Tidewater area and accent. My father, like me, was raised in Virginia, and this story is a creative retelling of one of the many stories my even more Southern…

Click here to read more... Meredith Flory : Memoir : Oct 2020

Meredith Flory : Memoir : Oct 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: No need for the Confederate flag, which has spread far beyond the South as a symbol of hatred and racism. Waffle House serves as the true boundary marker for the region. Cheesy eggs, grits, raisin toast, and bottomless mugs of coffee work for me. Always have, always…

Click here to read more... Chris Espenshade : Fiction : Oct 2020

Chris Espenshade : Fiction : Oct 2020