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Syracuse University Press announces that Brian O’Hare’s short story collection “Something Hidden” is the winner of the 2021 Veterans Writing Award. O’Hare is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former U.S. Marine Corps officer. Currently, he’s an award-winning writer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. His work has appeared…

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Brian O’Hare wins 2021 Veterans Writing Award

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Married to a woman from Ocilla, GA. Eat Shit, Tickfaw HE’D BEEN READY for hours – suitcases packed and arranged in the trunk; peanut butter sandwiches wrapped, coffee brewed; the girls’ belongings, not including Big Teddy, wedged in the back – yet still his wife and daughters…

Click here to read more... James Roderick Burns: Creative Non-Fiction: Nov 2021

James Roderick Burns: Creative Non-Fiction: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up doing the same stupid things that all redneck Alabama kids do. When I got old enough, I jumped out of state for college and quickly learned that this big old world isn’t all cotton fields and red clay. Being Southern isn’t just an address,…

Click here to read more... Ralph Sabelhaus: Fiction: Nov 2021

Ralph Sabelhaus: Fiction: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m a 7th generation Georgian born in Atlanta as the 3rd great grandson of a Confederate veteran. I was the first in my line to break a 153 year old tradition of staying in the peach state. I’ve been a Braves fan since before the miraculous 1991…

Click here to read more... J. D. Brooks: Creative Non-Fiction: Nov 2021

J. D. Brooks: Creative Non-Fiction: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: As a trans woman, I am happy to see you all seeking to create opportunities for a diverse array of southern voices and would love to be a part of realizing that goal. I grew up in Matthews, North Carolina, spending most of my time acting in…

Click here to read more... Rose Jenny: Poetry: Nov 2021

Rose Jenny: Poetry: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Paul Jones was born in Hickory, NC. He did started his growing up in Charlotte, then spent four years at NC State. Having been at NC State allowed him to teach for 40 years at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Of a Marriage My…

Click here to read more... Paul Jones: Poetry: Nov 2021

Paul Jones: Poetry: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: We don’t say ‘I’m from the South’ here. I usually don’t have to say where I’m from. People know our Texas from the way we talk, slow. The way we walk, with a purpose. The way we act, hospitable. The way we dress, not to please you….

Click here to read more... Nathaniel Thames: Poetry: Nov 2021

Nathaniel Thames: Poetry: Nov 2021

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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. Political Ads As per the recent changes in campaign laws stemming from the recent 2043, 9-to-6 SCOTUS ruling,…

Click here to read more... Andy Betz : Fiction: Nov 2021

Andy Betz : Fiction: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: With the exception of four years in Starkville, Mississippi and short stretch in Lexington, Kentucky, I have lived my life in Memphis, Tennessee, which is actually more Arkansan and Mississippian than Tennesseean. It’s a city of light, sound, oak trees, and give and take. We’ve Been Places…

Click here to read more... R. A. Allen : Poetry: Nov 2021

R. A. Allen : Poetry: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Been a while, and this is not a good one. But when my parents stopped at a Dairy Queen on the way back from Florida, I went to get a drink since it was 90 +. There were two fountains. One had a line of about 50…

Click here to read more... Edward Supranowicz: Fiction: Nov 2021

Edward Supranowicz: Fiction: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I like my tea sweet but not my cornbread. My great-great grandfather, his father and his uncles were with Lee when he surrendered at Appomattox. I learned those old stories from my great-grandmother, who we called Grandmammy. I’d rather eat red beans and rice than fancy French…

Click here to read more... Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy: Fiction: Nov 2021

Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy: Fiction: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  I was born in north Alabama to a mom from Alabama and a dad from Georgia. Even though I was raised in the north in southern Ohio, my southern legitimacy runs generationally deep.  I am sweet tea drinking, fried chicken eating, SEC loving gal!   I am…

Click here to read more... Teresa Alexander: Fiction: Nov 2021

Teresa Alexander: Fiction: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Perhaps some would say that as a transplanted Yankee, I could only write a Southern Illegitimacy Statement, but I lived in the South between the age of 8 and the age of 23. I got my hands smelly playing in the polluted Timber Branch near my home…

Click here to read more... Tom Daley : Poetry : Nov 2021

Tom Daley : Poetry : Nov 2021

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Southern Legitamacy Statement I was born and raised in a part of the country not thought of a typically southern. I was raised in Estill County, Kentucky, which lies beside the Kentucky River at the foothills of the rugged Appalachian Mountains. I have always thought of Kentucky as a bastard…

Click here to read more... Cecile Dixon: Memoir : Nov 2021

Cecile Dixon: Memoir : Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: The simple fact of being a South Carolinian is enough to qualify me as southern, but i feel my inner southerner is a result of being a Barnet woman. A Barnet woman will rip a person to shreds with a wink and a smile. Barnet women are…

Click here to read more... Marie Griffin: Poetry: Oct 2021

Marie Griffin: Poetry: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Spartanburg, S.C. to a resilient Renaissance woman and a long-haul trucker who would talk to everyone who crossed his path about civil rights. I spent my summer days barefoot in vegetable and flower gardens and spent the winters wishing for snow….

Click here to read more... Katy Goforth: Creative Non-Fiction: Oct 2021

Katy Goforth: Creative Non-Fiction: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I don’t know if any of my people were legitimate, but they were most certainly poor dirt farmers in the Carolinas back into the 1600’s. My folks consider sweet potato a vegetable, and salads wiggle like a hula girl’s hips. Is that a decent enough pedigree to…

Click here to read more... Marco Etheridge: Fiction: Oct 2021

Marco Etheridge: Fiction: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: As I expressed three years prior, when you were so kind as to accept “The Neurosurgeon’s Rat,” my Southern legitimacy is honorary and based on my near-decade in Fayetteville with my wife and children as I pursued my master’s and doctorate in English from the U. of…

Click here to read more... Robb T. White: Fiction: Oct 2021

Robb T. White: Fiction: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: …taught for five years at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, the oldest college west of the Appalachians where the Deep South used to send their favorite sons. In the years he devoted to writing his award-winning novel about the civil rights movement in Mississippi, The Children Bob…

Click here to read more... William Heath: poetry: Oct 2021

William Heath: poetry: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: When I was 15, I gave away one of the best shirts I’ve ever owned: black, somehow fitted to my gawky frame, with white lettering that read “I (red heart shape) the South.” I sat beside a slightly older girl in geometry who borrowed my vanilla lip…

Click here to read more... Kalyn Livernois: Poetry: Oct 2021

Kalyn Livernois: Poetry: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I come from Charlotte. When I was little, we went to church at Long Creek Baptist, and I was baptized by a preacher named Kenny, all the way under the water, but just for a second, hardly long enough to think I’d died. I never really had…

Click here to read more... Traci Elliott: Poetry: Oct 2021

Traci Elliott: Poetry: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My family yanked me from Virginia and took me to Alabama when I was ten. Then they left me there when I was 18. I married a boy from Birmingham after getting my MFA from University of Alabama. Steal, steel, and still are homophones in half my…

Click here to read more... Christina Rauh Fishburne: Creative Non-Fiction: Oct 2021

Christina Rauh Fishburne: Creative Non-Fiction: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in the South, raised and educated there, and still choose to live there. From my beginnings and my early perception of the world as I knew it, my political perspective has continually evolved over time. In many respects, if you examine the current political…

Click here to read more... James Ryer: Essay: Oct 2021

James Ryer: Essay: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’ve lived South of the Mason-Dixon Line for over 30 years, going deeper South with each move. I save my bacon grease, fry my chicken in lard, and make a mean shrimp and grits. My Southern born and raised husband proclaims my cornbread is better than his…

Click here to read more... M.S. Gardner: Flash Fiction: Oct 2021

M.S. Gardner: Flash Fiction: Oct 2021