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Southern Legitimacy Statement: One hundred percent Southern. Born and bred in deep southern Georgia below the gnat line, and currently living in the humid swamps of north-central Florida. If I were a death row inmate my request for a last meal would consist of fried chicken livers, harmony grits. pickled…

Click here to read more... Joseph Gaines: Creative Non-Fiction: April 2020

Joseph Gaines: Creative Non-Fiction: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Alex Pickens grew up in Southern Appalachia and has been studying and writing satire for decades, though he is seeking help. His comedy has been widely published and his screenplays have even earned him invitations to Hollywood. In his spare time he reads the Classics, fingerpicks the…

Click here to read more... Alex Pickens: Essay: April 2020

Alex Pickens: Essay: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a farm girl who still reaches for her gum boots to go feed the birds. I grew up in the arms of a grandmother who worked 40 hours a week for 36 years in a tube factory and a retired grandfather who, after a heart…

Click here to read more... Becky Meadows: Creative Non-Fiction: April 2020

Becky Meadows: Creative Non-Fiction: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: You can’t go much further south than living in Miami Beach. Although most would disqualify my city as The South, I promise I can fish, cook collard greens, and sing all the lyrics to Southern rap songs better than any true Southerner. I also say “Yes, ma’am,”…

Click here to read more... C. C. Crockett: Memoir: April 2020

C. C. Crockett: Memoir: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Though I live in Massachusetts now, I was born and raised in Houston, and part of my heart will always be in Texas. I know some folks don’t call Texas the South, but I always have, seeing how my mom always had a can of bacon grease…

Click here to read more... Anne Pinkerton: Memoir/Essay: March 2020

Anne Pinkerton: Memoir/Essay: March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Honestly, I don’t really have a Southern Legitimacy Statement except to say my grandfather was born in Texas. He was orphaned at 3 (father was knifed in a barroom on stilts, mother died shortly after from a broken heart, although that’s hard to imagine), left home at…

Click here to read more... Corinne O’Shaughnessy : Memoir/Essay : March 2020

Corinne O’Shaughnessy : Memoir/Essay : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: This work focuses on my relationship with my father and meat, and it takes place in the polarized city: Houston, Texas. Houston is my birth place as well as my homeland. I remained in the South for my undergraduate education at Elon University in North Carolina. Eating…

Click here to read more... Victoria Bond: Memoir/Essay : March 2020

Victoria Bond: Memoir/Essay : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Although I was born at home in the hills of Kentucky like a true hillbilly, I did not belong. My parents were back-to-the-land hippies from New York and Massachusetts – art students looking to make the world a better place by farming it without pesticides – and…

Click here to read more... Dorothy Neagle: Memoir : March 2020

Dorothy Neagle: Memoir : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  Drive east from Southern California and you’ll eventually run out of road. That’s when I knew I was in “the South,” where I could disappear, and the real me could burst forth! Wallpapering bathrooms for a housing contractor. Working in a Timex factory. Thinking of stories that…

Click here to read more... Jenean McBrearty: Essay : February 2020

Jenean McBrearty: Essay : February 2020

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I am a professional dirt bag and failed Independent Fundamentalist Baptist who grew up in the oil fields of west Texas. I am also poet, writer, educator, translator, and activist. My work has been published in English and Spanish and has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Catapult, Cimarron Review, Willow Springs, Guernica,…

Click here to read more... Abigail Carl-Klassen : Essay/Memoir : February 2020

Abigail Carl-Klassen : Essay/Memoir : February 2020

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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…

Click here to read more... David Sofi : Sherman’s Sentinel : January 2020

David Sofi : Sherman’s Sentinel : January 2020

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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…

Click here to read more... Lazarus Trubman : The Healing Air of Freedom : January 2020

Lazarus Trubman : The Healing Air of Freedom : January 2020

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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…

Click here to read more... T. Jeremy Smith : Blonde, Hot, and Blind : January 2020

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

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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…

Click here to read more... Pat Healy :The Other One : January 2020

Pat Healy :The Other One : January 2020

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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…

Click here to read more... Cordellya Smith : Hearts and Kitchens : January 2020

Cordellya Smith : Hearts and Kitchens : January 2020

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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….

Click here to read more... Rachael Chatham : The Paradox of Acceptance/A Mother’s Day Miracle : January 2020

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

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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…

Click here to read more... Bruce La Rue: Lonesome Dove Hunter : Essay/Memoir : December 2019

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

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Knoxville, TN. and lived in Tennessee and Virginia while growing up. However, we moved North to Chicago a few years later. Dirt Clods Dirt clods were rock and clay projectiles molded together and thrown at each other by the kids in my new…

Click here to read more... PB Johnson : Dirt Clods : Memoir : October 2019

PB Johnson : Dirt Clods : Memoir : October 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Stone Mountain, Georgia and live in Savannah, Georgia. I went to school in South Carolina and Alabama. When I joined the Army they stationed me at Fort Benning, Georgia. The south won’t let me go. The Bunker Forward Operating Base Rusty was a…

Click here to read more... John Stevens : The Bunker : Memoir : October 2019

John Stevens : The Bunker : Memoir : October 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My family migrated from the red clay hills of Northeastern Mississippi to the mountains of North Carolina, up around Asheville, when I was three. Buncombe County. Origin of the word “buncombe,” later “bunkum,” later “bunk.” Meaning nonsense, blather, twaddle. We couldn’t afford ice cream, but when the…

Click here to read more... Roger Howell : My Mother Was My Date to Blood Feast : Memoir : October 2019

Roger Howell : My Mother Was My Date to Blood Feast : Memoir : October 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: This piece will resonate the most with New Orleanians/ southeastern Louisianans, but I hope the bigger picture will resonate with all, regardless of geography. Nectar Cream It was August when I first learned that your favorite Hansen’s snoball flavor is also Nectar Cream. Even for the hundreds…

Click here to read more... Allie Blum : Nectar Cream : Memoir : October 2019

Allie Blum : Nectar Cream : Memoir : October 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I live in Southern California and have recently spent time traveling through Arizona and New Mexico. These short essays come out of two recent trips. Five Micro-Essays Natural Concern I’ve never loved the red alders of Willapa Bay, but I would give them a chance. I would…

Click here to read more... Thomas Cook : A series of micro-essays : September 2019

Thomas Cook : A series of micro-essays : September 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My name is John Dailey. I was born and raised along the Virginia / West Virginia border and lived on both sides. The Marine Corps took me away for a number of years, but I now reside on the North Carolina coast and am looking for a…

Click here to read more... J. A. Dailey : Chucks : Memoir : September 2019

J. A. Dailey : Chucks : Memoir : September 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was engaged in Mississippi; did not work out. I was married in Jacksonville, Florida; did not work out, except for a great son. I was married in Wrightsville Beach; we are coming up on our 26th anniversary. The Keeper He had played goalie or keeper in…

Click here to read more... Chris Espenshade : The Keeper : Essay : September 2019

Chris Espenshade : The Keeper : Essay : September 2019