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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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Do it now.

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Get Vaccinated.

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This month features poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, memoirs and more writing goodness than you can shake a stick at. My dad used to say that– “more than you can shake a stick at” — I wonder if that’s a common phrase. Bob was born in 1915 and I find…

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April 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: We repainted our front porch ceiling last fall and it’s haint blue, the proper southern tone of sky blue so prevalent in old houses around here. Sherwin Williams has a paint color named “porch ceiling blue” in honor of such occasions. We’ve got a “Haint Blue” story…

Click here to read more... The March 2021 Issue

The March 2021 Issue

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A head of Shaanxi Writers Association is developing a residency program for Shaanxi Writers Association. He plans to invite a few American artists (poets and writers) to have a residency at Shaanxi Writers Association. A requirement is that the artists should write something about Shaanxi Province after the residency. They…

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Writing Residency Opportunity In Shaanxi Province, China

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: We’re so southern, we visit family and friends, outside, ten feet apart, on our big old front porch. We wash our hands, we wear masks, and we are always socially distant. It’s hard not to hug, it hurts not to pat someone on the back but by…

Click here to read more... 2020. Moving On.

2020. Moving On.

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Why do we read? Neil Gaiman says we read fiction because it can show you a different world. One essential “function of fiction in human life” he says, lies in “its ability to introduce us to different versions of the world by envisioning alternate possibilities for the way things are.”…

Click here to read more... A Couple or Three Books by Mule Alumni

A Couple or Three Books by Mule Alumni

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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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Well, we’re all in this together, aren’t we folks? Spend a little time away from the humdrum here on the Mule and read your way into some alternate reality. If you’re reading the Mule for the first or the fiftieth time, we welcome you to our little corner of the…

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The April Mule 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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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

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September’s got some great writing, y’all. Get your fill of August now and get ready for next month! (of course, August’s not going anywhere, the Mule remains available each month, it’s not like we delete past issues or anything, duh) We think the combination of essays, memoirs, poetry and flash…

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September 2019

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We’re publishing 20 essays, memoirs, short stories, poetry collections … got it going on in August. Pay attention to our Southern Legitimacy Statements each month. They sure do make the Dead Mule sing. We’ve got some swell ones in August. Welcome to the Mule. Enjoy your visit. We’re so very…

Click here to read more... August is a huge month for the Mule!

August is a huge month for the Mule!

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Rome, GA, and raised in Trion, Pennville, and Summerville, GA. After many years as a road musician and earning three degrees–A.S., B.A., M.A., I taught English in three colleges, two of them in Georgia, after returning to my roots. I now live and…

Click here to read more... Danny Lee Ingram : Grammar Nudge #5 and #6

Danny Lee Ingram : Grammar Nudge #5 and #6

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Rome, GA, and raised in Trion, Pennville, and Summerville, GA. After many years as a road musician and earning three degrees–A.S., B.A., M.A., I taught English in three colleges, two of them in Georgia, after returning to my roots. I now live and…

Click here to read more... Danny Lee Ingram : Grammar Nudge #4

Danny Lee Ingram : Grammar Nudge #4

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Rome, GA, and raised in Trion, Pennville, and Summerville, GA. After many years as a road musician and earning three degrees–A.S., B.A., M.A., I taught English in three colleges, two of them in Georgia, after returning to my roots. I now live and…

Click here to read more... Danny Lee Ingram : Grammar Nudge #3

Danny Lee Ingram : Grammar Nudge #3

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SOUTHERN LEGACY STATEMENT You can move here from somewhere else. That’s fine. Southern folks are supposed to be friendly and open. We may even wave at you passing by. We do get a little testy where you start telling us, “Well, that’s not how we did it in Syracuse.” Of…

Click here to read more... Ted Harrison : Janet : Memoir : May 2019

Ted Harrison : Janet : Memoir : May 2019

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… the May Mule publication schedule is pushed back to May 15th. Hang in there, dear ones, if your writing doesn’t appear on the first, it will be online soon. Thank you for your patience. All things come to those who wait. Patience is a virtue. Valerie

Click here to read more... Due to circumstances beyond my control…

Due to circumstances beyond my control…

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Rome, GA, and raised in Trion, Pennville, and Summerville, GA After many years as a road musician and earning three degrees–A.S., B.A., M.A., I taught English in three colleges, two of them in Georgia, after returning to my roots. I now live and…

Click here to read more... Danny Lee Ingram : Grammar Nudge #2

Danny Lee Ingram : Grammar Nudge #2

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I was born in Rome, GA, and raised in Trion, Pennville, and Summerville, GA After many years as a road musician and earning three degrees–A.S., B.A., M.A., I taught English in three colleges, two of them in Georgia, after returning to my roots. I now live and write in a…

Click here to read more... Danny Lee Ingram: GRAMMAR NUDGE #1

Danny Lee Ingram: GRAMMAR NUDGE #1

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Photos this month feature the work of W Goodwin.* W Goodwin is a biologist, writer and digital artist. W gravitates toward nature, animals and people, sometimes in that order. W’s been a journalist long enough to write hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines, blogs and websites. W’s photography has won…

Click here to read more... Photographs in the April 2019 issue

Photographs in the April 2019 issue

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was raised in a mill village in North Carolina. My parents worked at the Burlington Cotton Mill. Every spring a leathery old black man drove up to our mill house on a buckboard, unhitched a mule and used him to plow a garden space about half…

Click here to read more... Rodney Barfield : Drunk Underwood :: fiction :: March 2019

Rodney Barfield : Drunk Underwood :: fiction :: March 2019

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The photographs used in this month’s Mule are from the Library of Congress Dust Bowl archives. Dorthea Lange photographs. Aren’t they mesmerizing? I think they’re incredible slices of Americana. Thanks for reading … good stuff this month! Valerie MacEwan

Click here to read more... March 2019 photo notes

March 2019 photo notes