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I keep thinking about how this unique, lovely story brings the reader a triple bonus — the sense of home, of history and of compassion. Fullerton delivers all three in abundance. One can know the place as well as the people. The characters sizzle with personality. The narrator’s sense of self…

Click here to read more... Claire Fullerton: Little Tea, a novel

Claire Fullerton: Little Tea, a novel

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Growing up in South Jersey with West Virginia roots brings a person towards the equator to seek understanding. While in South Carolina I decided I want to be a writer and I moved to Florida to find salvation for my mind, relaxation for my body, and to…

Click here to read more... D.S. Davis: Creative Non-Fiction: June 2020

D.S. Davis: Creative Non-Fiction: June 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I spent half of my childhood living in an out-of-place dome house in a forest in Arkansas. My dad grew weed in the backyard and told me it was “smelly okra.” Shelf Clouds “Why would she make me go that way?” he asked. “That doesn’t make sense.”…

Click here to read more... Tim Royan: Fiction: June 2020

Tim Royan: Fiction: June 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a native Mississippian, born in Hattiesburg, and raised just across the river in Petal, Mississippi. Most of my life, I was a professional illustrator and graphic designer. About two years ago, I moved to South Carolina, and I am now pursuing my MFA in Creative…

Click here to read more... Dale Hensarling: Fiction: June 2020

Dale Hensarling: Fiction: June 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up and have lived in Missouri (Mizzourah), Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia; my family lives in Alabama (WAR EAGLE!) and Tennessee; the Lake of the Ozarks in Arkansas is our Redneck Riviera. In my story, creek is pronounced “crick.” Creek On The…

Click here to read more... William Auten: Fiction: June 2020

William Auten: Fiction: June 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a Southerner though for sure. I was raised in Florida by a dad whose family crept down from Georgia and a mom whose ancestors moseyed down from North Carolina. My grandaddy said you were all right if you came from North Carolina but South Carolina,…

Click here to read more... Kimberly Diaz: Creative Non-Fiction : June 2020

Kimberly Diaz: Creative Non-Fiction : June 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: “No good Southern fiction is complete without a Dead Mule.” Karen is South of somewhere, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Pyrotechnics Leon whips the top of the lighter back and forth like a battle-ready Kalthoff repeater. The rhythmic clicking builds to a percussive fury as Jory approaches. Dust…

Click here to read more... Karen Schauber : Fiction : June 2020

Karen Schauber : Fiction : June 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I live in the very south of the United Kingdom: Southampton. I attend the University of Southampton. The End of This Week Is Sunday Former muse, You lean in and pluck the hanging earring from my right lobe Pushing my hair back with your knuckles Keep it…

Click here to read more... Shabnam Shehan: Poetry : June 2020

Shabnam Shehan: Poetry : June 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I go to school in Alabama, and every Friday the cafeteria serves mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, collard greens, corn bread, and fried chicken. Don’t worry, there is no shortage of y’alls, ain’ts, and down yonders in my life. Take a Step. A Small One. You wait…

Click here to read more... McKenna Neville : Memoir : June 2020

McKenna Neville : Memoir : June 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Southern since ’63 with no plans to change. What a Jezebel Looks Like If I never say nothing else in my life that’s true, they’s one thing I can say for sure and be satisfied about it: Men is dogs and always have been dogs and always…

Click here to read more... Randall Ivey: Fiction : June 2020

Randall Ivey: Fiction : June 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and raised in Virginia, UK for a bit for school and writing and nannying and waitressing and bartending whilst lying to folks about wine, then back to Virginia without notice, before Philadelphia, and then Atlanta, which is now the place…

Click here to read more... Lindsay Parnell: Poetry : June 2020

Lindsay Parnell: Poetry : June 2020

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*Interesting to note how many “southern online literary journals” have echoed our original premise. We’ve been here since 1996, so we can truly claim to the be first to put the south online. Welcome to our Mule.  Valerie

Click here to read more... June issue here. (Valerie MacEwan)

June issue here. (Valerie MacEwan)

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We’ve got fiction, essays, poetry, creative non-fiction. Wow, the Mule’s plate is certainly full this month. Twenty-four years ago, when I first started publishing the Mule, formatting was one page at a time, about an hour a page. Now the Mule has a “back-end” of managed WordPress, via GoDaddy whose…

Click here to read more... The May 2020 Issue

The May 2020 Issue

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Honeysuckles, Chopped Pork BBQ and Muscadine Wine I remember walking from my grand mama’s house with my brother. We’d walkthrough the lane that was in truth a two way, one way street. I mean the signs said one way but cars went both ways and nobody seemed…

Click here to read more... Dempsey Miles: Essay: May 2020

Dempsey Miles: Essay: May 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: Fiction : May 2020

Steve Gerson: Fiction : May 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in San Diego, raised in Western PA, during my fourteenth year of existence, my parents decided to relocate the family to South Carolina. How I hated the humidity, the drawling language, and politeness. Almost two decades have passed. Could’ve moved back up north on multiple occasions,…

Click here to read more... Jared Buchholz : Essay : May 2020

Jared Buchholz : Essay : May 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My family never hid our crazy folks; they generally sat on the front porch and enjoyed the breeze just like the family who weren’t crazy. Come to think of it, we all had some crazy mixed in amongst our sanity. My mother cooked red-eye gravy every time…

Click here to read more... joey holland: Creative Non-Fiction : May 2020

joey holland: Creative Non-Fiction : May 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: We were a prototypical southern nuclear family. My Papaw came up in the Great Smokey Mountains, near Farner Tennessee and Cherokee North Carolina. When he was nine, he lost track of the time one summer evening, squirrel hunting up on the mountain, and he avoided a sound…

Click here to read more... David VanDevelder: Fiction: May 2020

David VanDevelder: Fiction: May 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Howard is a retired materials management and manufacturing professional with over forty years in the military and manufacturing arenas. He spent time at sixty plus posts while in the military and has traveled to all fifty states (working in twenty-two of them). Howard earned a Masters from…

Click here to read more... John Howard Hatfield: Creative Non-Fiction: May 2020

John Howard Hatfield: Creative Non-Fiction: May 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in a small farming town in Northeast Arkansas a mere seven miles south of the Missouri border. As a child, I would marvel at how quickly the accents changed once crossing the state line. I currently reside in Arkansas after a brief stint living…

Click here to read more... Sara Garland: Memoir : May 2020

Sara Garland: Memoir : May 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Lives in my town! Can’t get much more southern than that. Jonathan is a consummate writer and a wonderful gardener. He’s been southern all his life.   A COVID-19 Halloween  Out there: No pale horse Or long, black robes No latex masks Of grisly horror No long…

Click here to read more... Jonathan Claybourne: Poetry: May 2020

Jonathan Claybourne: Poetry: May 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I may have grown up a Yankee, but I moved to Austin, Texas at 6 years old and have almost forgotten that I used to find it weird to say “y’all.” In Which Nothing Happens I was in the 5th grade when he called me a whore….

Click here to read more... Gabrielle Avena: Memoir : May 2020

Gabrielle Avena: Memoir : May 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My hometown straddles the bleeding northern edge of the South. The Mason-Dixon line runs directly through it; on the map, that line is a rut carved jagged in the earth. Step to one side, you’re in the North. Step to the other, you’re in the South. Directly…

Click here to read more... Laura Pinhey: Fiction : May 2020

Laura Pinhey: Fiction : May 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Virginia Lee does not consider herself a poet, but she can write a decent set of song lyrics when the wind is just right and the moon’s phase is amenable. Lee mostly writes colloquial fiction set in the American South as suits her otherwise seemingly useless degree…

Click here to read more... Virginia Lee: Poetry: April 2020

Virginia Lee: Poetry: April 2020