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Our new Poetry Editor is … drum roll please Denise K. James. Read her 2012 poetry on the Mule by clicking here.

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New Editors Chosen for the Dead Mule

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One week left before the Dead Mule publishes its October 2016 issue. Get your fill of September this week and enjoy the heck out of the writing. It’s damn skippy good. Look forward to new works on Oct 1.

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September Fiction and All

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We’ve got some damn fine fiction here for August. Sit back and read for a spell. You know, been thinking about sitting a spell — a spell — so many meanings and we take words for granted. Like the idea that anyone coming to the Dead Mule understand that “no…

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New Fiction and Essays for August 2016

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Check out Kevin Winter’s new short story collection “A Place We All Know: A Collection of Short Stories”

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Mule writer Kevin Winter publishes book of Short Stories

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Testimony on “Oversight of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement” Read the entire testimony by clicking on the title. Andrew Ceresney, Director Division of Enforcement March 19, 2015

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Pyramid Schemes and Multi-Level Marketing

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Help the best of “The South” stay as is. Let the bitter past be studied — not re-lived — and let us not seek to destroy a unique culture.

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What is the south coming to?

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The Mule is still kicking but she’s a bit stable weary this month. We’re restoring databases from 2007 and then grabbing the 1990s files, making a great mix tape for our girlfriends, and we’ll even work on 2000-2006. Meanwhile, work continues on everything Mule-related when time allows.

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Hey yall, we’re still here…

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I find more and more that the stories surround, and revolve around, the joys that are grand-kids. Having six of said creatures I have plenty of raw material to choose from. I also congratulate myself on not killing their mothers when they were teenagers, although I was sorely tempted at times.

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Made it through the holidays …

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This month’s photos come from the Library of Congress. They belong to you and me. While many of us take our own photos of the South, those available from the archives of Our Library speak volumes from the heart and soul of this country. If you don’t visit the LOC…

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Photographs for November 2013

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What a wonderful photo, eh?

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Photo on the Cover of our October Issue by Al Lyons

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It’s not officially Fall but it sure is a great day out there in eastern NC. How about yall? Everyone ok?

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September 2013 is complete!

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I hope Ed has his wheat all in before this rain.

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Poetry Submissions

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I don’t know what that means but it sounds good — doesn’t it? On time. For a literary journal, “on time” could be anyone’s schedule. If the journal is affiliated with an academic funding source, on time probably correlates with the academic year or semester. On time for the Dead…

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Online and On Time

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Recasting the throw-aways and detritus, the overheard and misspelled, the artist has fashioned a large expository drama that serves as fragmented window into our collective Zeitgeist. Sex, love, death, politics, aesthetics and the muddled semiotics of our age all find a place in this body of work and beckon the viewer to read, decipher and unravel. The pieces in The Letters resonate with an enigmatic poetic presence. The result is a significant body of work by an important American artist…

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Valerie MacEwan: Matthew Rose and “The Letters”

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Volume One of Dead Mule Fiction.

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100 Writers x 100 Stories

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April – May 2013:  Twenty-Eight Poets featuring Joseph Bathanti NC Poet Laureate 2012-2014 Two Original Poems Written in Celebration of Poetry at the Mule April will meld into May here on the Mule… New Fiction. Fabulous Fiction.   Remember: We publish new Fiction and Essays on the Fifteenth…

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April – May front page and links

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About mid-way through this Mule’s life, I worked for Popmatters.com as the Books Editor. We had around 70 critics in my department and back in that day, digital previews were not available. I had to arrange for books to be sent to the critic direct from the publisher. It was…

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Paranoia by Joseph Finder, movie to be released Aug 16th

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This month’s poetry rises above the pocosin and flies over our heads toward the astral plain. Having North Carolina’s poet laureate, Joseph Bathanti, join us to create an issue unparalleled in lyrical superiority seemed to compliment our seventeen year online history with sufficient grace but then we began to review…

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April Writer Spotlight – Robert Klein Engler and a bit more…

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* * The 2013 April (Poetry Month) Issue of the Dead Mule is dedicated to the memory of Elsie R. Jones  May 13, 1921 – March 12, 2013 Beloved Mother of Poetry Editor Helen Losse. * Elsie Rosa Jones, born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, was the youngest of eight children…

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In Loving Memory

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New works

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February and March 2013

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The Writers’ Workshop is holding its Annual Writers’ Retreat May 16-19 at Folly Beach (near Charleston, SC) – an ideal place to relax, write and review each other’s work. Click to read more about the Workshop’s upcoming events.

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Poetry Contest and MORE by The Writer’s Workshop of Asheville

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Welcome to 2013. Welcome to the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. We love your writing and we look forward to reading your submissions. Not every thing you send us is accepted BUT that does not mean it is unacceptable. Your writing could very well be superb. What happens is,…

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2013, how odd is it to type that?

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Some new stories, a few essays … those wonderful poems. We’re leaving 2012 with a nice warm feeling. The Mule’s looking like it’s in good shape for 2013. We’ve added a really neat little plug-in that stops readers from copying the content and publishing it somewhere else. You’ll notice it…

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New for the end of the year …

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  Over the river and through the woods … The illustrations for the fiction and poetry sections this month come from a drawer full of old Christmas. Many of the senders are gone from this world and most of them are gone from my memory. Without my mom here to…

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December Fiction and Essays