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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was drawn to Dead Mule for its deep investment in carrying on the tradition of that dense humid- backcountry writing made visible by Faulkner and O’ Connor and Toomer. Two Poems Backwater Prayer for John Today, like every day, I feel nicotine shooting through me. I…

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Corbin Louis : Poetry : January 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Get used to the fact that when you move to South Carolina you will hear these every day: “Yes Sir, Yes Ma’am,” and “what church do you go to?” When you walk into a restaurant or fast food place and ask for “regular tea please,” understand that…

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David Sofi : Sherman’s Sentinel : January 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Gerry who’s worked as a healthcare consultant in Nashville, partied with relatives living in Greensboro and stayed awhile in Sunflower County, Mississippi. Lunacy 1. VARIATIONS ON SHRINK  [3] i.Cut And Dried Martinized Lingo?   One school of talk therapy Uses a few covert codes (Often overthought) About…

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Gerard Sarnat : Lunacy : January 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: My momma and papa, both teachers, brought me into this world in a small town in the ancient land of Bessarabia, and they always wanted me to be a…teacher! So, I became one, which got me in so much trouble during the Soviet time, that I eventually…

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Lazarus Trubman : The Healing Air of Freedom : January 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern legitimacy statement T. Jeremy Smith grew up on a dairy and tobacco farm in South Central Kentucky. After spending much of his childhood running from his older brother, Jeremy spent 20 years as an adult running from the degenerative retinal disease that continues to steal his eyesight. Jeremy now…

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T. Jeremy Smith : Blonde, Hot, and Blind : January 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Richmond, Virginia. I play drums in a band called Wrinkle Neck Mules. We recorded part of an album in Helen, Georgia. And I play drums in one called Chamomile & Whiskey, too. We’re about to record in Nashville. I love the South, in…

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Stuart Gunter : Poetry : January 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m a southern girl who was born and raised in Texas. I worked in the oil patch as a landman wearing stylish skirts and cute shoes, enduring my gendered job title with a demure smile and feminine skill. I worked in the county courthouses, in a number…

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Pat Healy :The Other One : January 2020

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The first of the year kinda’ sprung up on us. We’re behind but we’ll get January up here by Saturday at the latest. Good stuff coming your way! Yall have a happy week.

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January 2020 is slow but it’s coming!

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am from southeastern Kentucky, the land that is not quite South but nowhere near North, but I moved to Tennessee in 2010. I live in a place of fierce loyalty, small town gossip (used only for prayers), eccentric people, and mind-your-manners. I feel terrible if someone…

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Stephanie Duncan : Empathy : January 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

My Southern Legitimacy Statement follows: I was born and raised in the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. I am a product of the soup bean lovin’, Bible thumpin’, hardworking people who labor in tobacco fields praying for a good breeze to cool the sweat of their brows or in deep coalmines…

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Cordellya Smith : Hearts and Kitchens : January 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

My Southern Legitimacy Statement: Called to the Blue Ridge Mountains via the music of the Allman Brothers Band first and then later by both the Fleet Foxes and the Band of Horses, I finally got the message ten years ago and have been residing in Asheville, North Carolina ever since….

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Rachael Chatham : The Paradox of Acceptance/A Mother’s Day Miracle : January 2020

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT: I’ve lived in Louisiana for a handful of years, and I’m now working on a PhD in English (Rhetoric and Composition) at LSU. In my time here, I’ve tried many different gas stations’ boudin (they always have the BEST boudin. My favorite: Nonc Kev’s in Rayne); done…

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Tyler Robert Sheldon : Poetry : December 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I have been in your magazine, have babysat grandchildren in NC, and trained for the Korean engagement with ETSU’s 278th Infantry. Dared Dream I didn’t want to wake you too early. I hope your sleep was deep, thorough, and you cross-dreamed with a friend who carries a…

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Tom Sheehan : Dared Dream : Flash Fiction : December 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: For years I lived off barbecue ribs in Memphis, Tennessee, then broke up with my ex and moved to California, which turned out to be a big mistake, because people out west don’t drink beer and raise hell like people in the south. Holy Water Abraham joined…

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Andrew Hamilton : Holy Water : Flash Fiction : December 2019

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Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Only wore shoes if I was going to church or school. Relocated to North Carolina where I now enjoy Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits. Off Me, I Said Get Moron. Loser. Dumbass. These were the names I was routinely called during my summer stint…

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Andy Spain : Off Me, I Said Get : Flash Fiction : December 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in Tennessee, raised in Kentucky, live in North Carolina. I’ve bumped my head in tens of caves where Daniel Boone was rumored to have slept, and each time I’ve believed it. The Box The summer sun was gone behind the trees on the horizon, and the…

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Matt Naylor : The Box : Flash Fiction : December 2019

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in Salisbury, NC, I moved quite a bit as a child. We lived in several places throughout my home state before relocating to Jacksonville, FL while I was in the fifth grade. After thirty years I returned to where it all began, dragging my wife and…

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Bruce La Rue: Lonesome Dove Hunter : Essay/Memoir : December 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born by coal oil lamplight in a tin-roofed farmhouse 6 miles outside Liberty, Mississippi. I list logging, plowing a mule, picking cotton and working in a country store in my resume. Learned to swim in an Amite River swimming hole–no lessons. My uncle went to…

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Robert Funderburk : Poetry : December 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: E. G. Fate is the penname of an author, who currently resides in the state of South Carolina in the basement of their family’s house. While having no works published as of yet (aside from stories on fanfiction.net), E. G. Fate enjoys writing both comical as well…

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E. G. Fate : Car Thief’s Redemption : Flash Fiction : December 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: A good piece back, I was Drum Major for The Pride of Dixie, Cairo High School, Syrupmaker Marching Band.  It was during these formative years I developed a talent for walking backwards for long stretches of time. Ash It was their creak upon the porch I mistook for…

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Robert Gwaltney: Ash : Fiction : December 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Being from West Virginia, I am from a certain section of the South. I am Appalachian raised with a special place in my heart of all things Southern. Homecoming I woke up sweaty, tangled in the white cotton sheets of the bed. Stupid dream. The air was…

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Catherine Wright : Homecoming : Flash Fiction : December 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: * here’s how they talk in Somewhere, Texas? Uncle Dwayne’s Luger “Sue-Lynn called me hollerin’ an’ bawlin’ over the phone: ‘Oh Uncle Joe, it’s jus’ the awfullest thang!’ ‘Whut the hell er ya caterwallerin’ ‘bout, Sue-Lynn?’  I wuz pushin’ like a roothog t’ make my next inspection…

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Rhys Beleu : Uncle Dwayne’s Luger : Fiction : December 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: A good piece back, I was Drum Major for The Pride of Dixie, Cairo High School, Syrupmaker Marching Band.  It was during these formative years I developed a talent for walking backwards for long stretches of time. Ash It was their creak upon the porch I mistook…

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Robert Gwaltney: Ash : Fiction : December 2019

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William Walsh Fly fishing in Times Square The seventh book from William Walsh is an award-winning collection of poems, Fly Fishing in Times Square, where he recalls the past in order to discover meaning in the present and future. From Červená Barva Press in Boston, the Editor Prize   Fly Fishing…

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William Walsh : Fly fishing in Times Square : New Book by Dead Mule Writer