Posted in Blog Brain Fertilizer Podcast

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. Please support…

Click here to read more... BRAIN FERTILIZER IS HERE and it’s all about Funerals!

BRAIN FERTILIZER IS HERE and it’s all about Funerals!

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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…

Click here to read more... The April Mule 2020

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.

Click here to read more... January 2020 is slow but it’s coming!

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…

Click here to read more... William Walsh : Fly fishing in Times Square : New Book by Dead Mule Writer

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…

Click here to read more... September 2019

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

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We’re starting out 2019 early with a new format style on the Dead Mule. January is going to be a bit tough to get online but we’ll do it! If you notice any changes that “don’t look or work right” please let us know on our Facebook page. We’ve been…

Click here to read more... Reviewing the Mule

Reviewing the Mule

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Due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, we must direct our attention elsewhere (from the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature) for a few weeks. October is finally online. What a mess everywhere. It’s about clean dup now — so very sorry for the inconvenience. Eastern NC is really a mess….

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Hurricane Florence update

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The September issue of the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature will be available by September 3, 2018. We might get it online sooner but we wanted yall to know we’re running behind this month. We’ll feature writing by: Victoria J. Ashford, Maggie Hess, Donna Walker-Nixon, Brian Frazier, Elodie Pritchartt,…

Click here to read more... New Mule on the Third

New Mule on the Third

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Visited the WayBack Machine on Archives.org and found this from 2002. We’d just begun rebuilding the Dead Mule. The Mule’s been revived three times in the last 22 years. She always rises from the dead, somehow. Lots of databases, lots of writers. Thought this list of past writers might be…

Click here to read more... Past Mules

Past Mules

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June is soon to be busting out all over and no where more fun than here on the Mule. We’ve got essays! We’ve got poetry! We’ve got your flash fiction and your long fiction, even some great memoirs. There’s just no excuse, nothing to stop you from sitting here and…

Click here to read more... Your guide to summer reading? Start with the Dead Mule!

Your guide to summer reading? Start with the Dead Mule!

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This issue is slam-packed with reading goodness. Short stories, poems, long memoirs, Helen Losse’s chapbook and so much more. We hope you’ll  spend a great big hunk of quality time perusing all we have to offer. It’s going to be a long read month with over 20 new pieces loading…

Click here to read more... Welcome to April!

Welcome to April!