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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. Our Vacation…

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BRAIN FERTILIZER IS HERE

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement — I was born, and have lived, and have not left for more than 25 days, an area bound to the east by I-65 in Birmingham and to the west by Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd in Tuscaloosa, and bounded no more than ten miles to the north…

Click here to read more... Jay Waters: What We Gonna Do : Essay : August 2020

Jay Waters: What We Gonna Do : Essay : August 2020

Posted in Poetry

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Kristina Heflin spent her formative years hiking in the Georgian foothills of the Appalachians. It was there she learned a love for all animals, from the squishy frogs of the backwoods criks to the bumbling bears of the piney mountains. Today, she passes on her love and…

Click here to read more... Kristina Heflin: Poetry : August 2020

Kristina Heflin: Poetry : August 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Kelly Jones hates the sound of cicadas but loves lightning bugs, biscuits, and the way kudzu makes fun shapes out of old houses and powerlines. Their power animal is the manatee, and Wild Turkey is their strong drink of choice. They were born in Raleigh in the…

Click here to read more... Kelly Jones: Three Poems : August 2020

Kelly Jones: Three Poems : August 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was raised dirt poor on a poor dirt farm in eastern North Carolina. I have written since I was small and have always been fascinated by people’s motivations. I somehow was able to get a good education and eventually tenure at a major university. I am…

Click here to read more... Mike Boyette : On Hoes and Hoeing : Essay: August 2020

Mike Boyette : On Hoes and Hoeing : Essay: August 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

The Witch, The Egg, and the Cure Imagine that you have asthma. You are ten years old. Your life just started yet every day feels like a step closer to the end. You try to take a deep breath but doing so makes you cough for five minutes. Snacks and…

Click here to read more... Jesus Lopez: Memoir : August 2020

Jesus Lopez: Memoir : August 2020

Posted in Poetry

Southern Legitimacy Statement Born and raised in Caldwell County, North Carolina, I have lived in the Old North State most of my life (except for two soggy years in Oregon — what was I thinking?). I am the youngest of three sisters raised in our Mama’s beauty shop, which was…

Click here to read more... Daun Daemon: Two Poems : August 2020

Daun Daemon: Two Poems : August 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy statement(s): 1) I’m from further South than most Southerners, 2) Dang redbugs! Southerisms from the Spanish Moss Belt I live in Alachua, Florida. Not quite the Florida most people think of when they envision South Beach, The Orlando Magic, or Tampa International Airport. I am in live oak…

Click here to read more... Ricardo Jose Gonzalez-Rothi :Creative Non-Fiction: August 2020

Ricardo Jose Gonzalez-Rothi :Creative Non-Fiction: August 2020

Posted in Poetry

I’m Charlie Southerland. When you check up on me, you’ll also find ‘Charles’ Southerland in most of my published work. It is regrettable and unavoidable. However, I live on my 240-acre farm, which is more than I deserve or can take care of out here in North-Central Arkansas, smack in…

Click here to read more... Charlie Southerland: Poetry: August 2020

Charlie Southerland: Poetry: August 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and reared on Saturday morning biscuits from the 1956 To The Bride Cookbook. My mother’s family owned a dairy farm in Mississippi and her Southern Baptist Minister grandfather stopped a lynch mob in Cedartown, Georgia. My sister makes dilli beans months…

Click here to read more... Miriam Moore-Keish : Poetry : August 2020

Miriam Moore-Keish : Poetry : August 2020

Posted in Fiction

Southern Legitimacy Statement: As proclaimed in the foreword of my coming-of-age novel “Saint Andrews’ Parish”: “I count it a blessing of the first magnitude: Being born in Charleston, South Carolina, and growing up in that part of it known as Saint Andrew’s Parish. ‘The Parish,’ as many referred to it,…

Click here to read more... Eugene Platt: Poetry : August 2020

Eugene Platt: Poetry : August 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Now, I’m not about to claim New Orleans as distinctly southern, and certainly not New Smyrna Beach or Key West. And I’m sceptical of all variants of y’all on the page. But look at how I spell sceptical…. Three Bus Having brought the coffee to his lips,…

Click here to read more... Bruce Robinson: Three Bus : Fiction: August 2020

Bruce Robinson: Three Bus : Fiction: August 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

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. Nudge Apa The Hungarian word for grandfather is nagyapa.  My great-grandfather died a mere two days prior to…

Click here to read more... Andy Betz: Nudge Apa: Essay: August 2020

Andy Betz: Nudge Apa: Essay: August 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: This piece details a memory I share with my little sister while visiting my mother’s best friend, who was born and raised in the South. She ran her household as if she still lived in Oklahoma even after she moved to California. I was born and raised…

Click here to read more... Jessica Gillich: Lellie’s Place: Essay : August 2020

Jessica Gillich: Lellie’s Place: Essay : August 2020

Posted in Fiction

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was raised in Georgia and came of age in Bama. Summer’s are for fishin’, fryin’ okra, and makin’ tomato sandwiches. Come winter, I’m cussin’ the cold with a glass of bourbon. My wife makes damn fine apple butter jelly, which I hand out to just about…

Click here to read more... Tim Hunter: Esther’s Story: Fiction: August 2020

Tim Hunter: Esther’s Story: Fiction: August 2020

Posted in Poetry

As for being a bonafide Southerner, I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and have lived on the panhandle of Florida (aka the culturally southern part of Florida) and in North Carolina in my adulthood. Summers on the Mountain Town I. Sneaking Out Behind Grandma’s Sis & I trail…

Click here to read more... Julia Watson: Poem: August 2020

Julia Watson: Poem: August 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

SLS: When I close my eyes and recall my childhood, I see hay, tractors, ponds, creeks, cows, and biscuits. Lots and lots of biscuits. Biscuit Reflections Not to toot my own horn, but a few months ago, I started thinking. I guess I shouldn’t even feign pride. After all, it’s…

Click here to read more... Bradley Sides: Biscuit Reflections : Essay : August 2020

Bradley Sides: Biscuit Reflections : Essay : August 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Literacy Statement: I am originally from south Louisiana, where I grew up on the Bayou Teche. I left in 1989 for graduate school at the University of Tennessee, then taught at Texas A&M for a couple of years, followed by one year living outside of the South, teaching in…

Click here to read more... Margaret Donovan Bauer: This Girl Rules: Essay: July 2020

Margaret Donovan Bauer: This Girl Rules: Essay: July 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in New Orleans and spent the first ten years of my life in southern Louisiana. Since I was ten, I’ve lived in Kentucky. My daddy is from Arkansas; my mama born in Mississippi. I grew up on boats and in gardens and saying ma’am…

Click here to read more... Rebecca Potter : Breathe Easy : Memoir : July 2020

Rebecca Potter : Breathe Easy : Memoir : July 2020

Posted in Poetry

Southern Legitimacy Statement My father and his ancestors are from the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, mainly Haywood, Henderson and Buncombe Counties. We spent many summers there at the old family homestead in Crabtree and with family in Clyde, Waynesville and Hendersonville, where I learned to drink water from…

Click here to read more... Tim Hawkins : Poetry : July 2020

Tim Hawkins : Poetry : July 2020

Posted in Fiction

Southern Legitimacy Statement: One day while riding my motorcycle, I came upon a sign that read “site of the Mason-Dixon Line”. I looked at it for a while, then crossed to the other side, then back again, then sorta straddled it, then started my bike again. Edward Michael Supranowicz has…

Click here to read more... Edward Supranowicz : Flash Humor: July 2020

Edward Supranowicz : Flash Humor: July 2020

Posted in Fiction

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I spent a large chunk of my life in Birmingham, Alabama, working as a freelance writer for various companies, institutions, and magazines. Most of the time I was the only non-Southerner in the group, which can be fine or not so fine. Southerners can be cruel but…

Click here to read more... Steve Brammell: The Fourth of July : Fiction : July 2020

Steve Brammell: The Fourth of July : Fiction : July 2020

Posted in Poetry

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Texas. Have never lived above the Mason-Dixon Line. Drawn to southern weather and landscapes. Grew up saying y’all and now advocate for it becoming the official second person plural in English. Three Poems Tornado Year That was the year we almost lost everything,…

Click here to read more... Gregory Luce : Three Poems : July 2020

Gregory Luce : Three Poems : July 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My Momma made me a sack out of a pair of my Daddy’s old blue jeans when I was six-year-old. What on earth for you might be asking. So I could pick cotton. If that ain’t legit enough you can kiss my… Hit and Run First cold…

Click here to read more... David R. Stafford : Fiction : July 2020

David R. Stafford : Fiction : July 2020