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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: Like some odd hybrid, I was born in Pensacola, Florida to a New York Irish Marine pilot and his Virginia bride—but raised in Pittsburgh. Yet after six years in the Marine Corps (itself an odd hybrid—as if the urban Northeast and rural South had a baby)…

Click here to read more... Brian O’Hare: Memoir : January 2021

Brian O’Hare: Memoir : January 2021

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Here’s my Southern Legitimacy Statement: I lived and worked in New Orleans for five years, from 2014-2019, including stints as a semi-pro poker player, a nonprofit fundraiser, Tulane University’s debate coach, and an overnight Uber driver (some of these overlapped). Ever since, I’ve been pursuing my MFA in West Virginia,…

Click here to read more... Storey Clayton: Creative Non-Fiction: January 2021

Storey Clayton: Creative Non-Fiction: January 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I have almost always lived in the South (Southern Maryland, Southern India, Southern Florida, and Southern California). Give me an afternoon under live oak trees dripping with swaying Spanish moss, sweet tea, and a good book, and I’ll be happy. Humidity? Bring it on. It’s just part…

Click here to read more... Michele Davis: Essay : January 2021

Michele Davis: Essay : January 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am as Southern as grits, biscuits, and gravy, having the double blessing of being brought into this world in the great state of Georgia (Atlanta to be precise) and having my raising in the Volunteer State of Tennessee. I have been educated here and have worked…

Click here to read more... Amanda Pugh: Memoir : January 2021

Amanda Pugh: Memoir : January 2021

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I know what it feels like to walk barefooted behind my daddy while he plows that red Georgia clay on a hot summer day. That fresh turned dirt was cool on my feet, and a feeling like no other for a little boy. You can’t go back in time but…

Click here to read more... Joseph Leverette: Memoir : January 2021

Joseph Leverette: Memoir : January 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and lived twenty years in Knoxville, Tennessee where I spent many evenings Agee-style with the saw of cicadas and the scent of hose water on hot grass. As an adolescent, there was nothing I wanted more than to leave the place for some far-flung…

Click here to read more... Anna Oberg: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

Anna Oberg: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in south-central South Dakota. My maternal great grandfather’s family came from Nodaway County, Missouri named after the Nodaway River that flows south. My home town is Mission, population less than a thousand, the largest city on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. I have not…

Click here to read more... CL Prater: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

CL Prater: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: “I am a Chicago native who lived in New Orleans for brief stints (the longest being nine months in duration) at various times during my twenties. Since I was a restless vagabond gal, I constantly moved and traveled to places where I thought I might get a…

Click here to read more... Leah Mueller: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

Leah Mueller: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up n a small town on the Kentucky-Tennessee border where elections were determined by which politician passed out the most half-pints of liquor. When we were kids we got paid 50 cents a piece to pass out Seagram’s Seven and Coronal Lee. When we weren’t…

Click here to read more... Starla Sloan: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

Starla Sloan: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was raised in the foothills of North Carolina and have spent the majority of my adult life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Watauga County, NC. This piece locates its narrative along Brushy Fork Ridge, where I built my house twenty years ago. The Tao of…

Click here to read more... Philip Arnold: Essay : Nov 2020

Philip Arnold: Essay : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Nicole Yurcaba is a Ukrainian-American poet and essayist who teaches at Bridgewater College in Virginia. Well-Traveled It’s had a long journey, your letter. Today, it arrived nearly six weeks post-maling—at its intended destination, not to its intended person. I am not there, in Iceland. I am 4,852…

Click here to read more... Nicole Yurcaba : Essay : Nov 2020

Nicole Yurcaba : Essay : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Dear editors at The Dead Mule, Have I ever told you how much I love the South? Probably not, because we’ve never met. I live all the way up here in Alberta, Canada and have so much appreciation for the Southern United States having a food background…

Click here to read more... Lindsay Brown : Essay : Nov 2020

Lindsay Brown : Essay : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I have worked jobs that are always considered women’s jobs such as maid, nanny, hostess, daycare facilitator and now as a librarian. I am interested in identities in the south as well as the interconnection between landscape and identity. I live and work in Savannah, Georgia. How…

Click here to read more... Strawberry Trellis : Essay/Memoir : Nov 2020

Strawberry Trellis : Essay/Memoir : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I have always lived in the South, having been raised in North Carolina, and now living south of the north pole. Tame I had already drunk a couple of beers when Theresa pointed to a sign that read, Lion Enclosure, and suggested, “Let’s go take some pictures.” We dropped…

Click here to read more... Gretchen Day : Memoir : Nov 2020

Gretchen Day : Memoir : Nov 2020

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My SLS: I was born and raised in Alabama by my herpetologist dad, my artist mom, and a host of relatives and babysitters. After an eight year stint in Massachusetts, the setting of this tale, I brought my Yankee husband back to Alabama where we raised our own children. Note…

Click here to read more... Mary Dansak : Memoir : Nov 2020

Mary Dansak : Memoir : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Jon Sokol is a writer and a professional forester. He lives in Hartwell, Georgia with his wife, Karen, and their cat, Layla. Originally from South Carolina, Jon is a graduate of both Clemson University (BS-Forestry) and Georgia Southern (MBA) and is currently enrolled in the Etowah Valley…

Click here to read more... Jon Sokol : Essay : Oct 2020

Jon Sokol : Essay : Oct 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am legitimately from the South, even though people from further South may debate the legitimacy of the Tidewater area and accent. My father, like me, was raised in Virginia, and this story is a creative retelling of one of the many stories my even more Southern…

Click here to read more... Meredith Flory : Memoir : Oct 2020

Meredith Flory : Memoir : Oct 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: After studying at Southern Illinois University, I left to follow all roads South and South East from Alabama to Texas, and finally, Tucson. I hang with people who believe in biscuits and gravy the way others believe in the purity of worship. Crank up the Allman Brothers,…

Click here to read more... Marlene DeVere: Memoir : Oct 2020

Marlene DeVere: Memoir : Oct 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m an Appalachian woman, born and bred. I grew up in West Virginia (in a middle class, blue-collar, working-class family). My parents were not college educated but knew they wanted their children to be and stressed achievement and work-ethic to all of their children, always. I write…

Click here to read more... Shawna Green : Memoir : Oct 2020

Shawna Green : Memoir : Oct 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in rural North Carolina. Though I drink my tea with a bit less sugar these days, the soles of my feet are still tough from going barefoot. I never sit in grass or weeds for fear of chiggers. I look strangers in the eyes…

Click here to read more... Martha Branson : Memoir : Oct 2020

Martha Branson : Memoir : Oct 2020

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT: I grew up crossing the Mississippi River each weekend to go four-wheeling, fishing, and running around barefoot. From Quincy, IL to Maywood, Missouri (20 short back-road minutes from Hannibal, MO, home of Mark Twain), my dad and I would return to his country roots. I’d watch dad…

Click here to read more... Scott Piner : Essay : Oct 2020

Scott Piner : Essay : Oct 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I had two mules by the time I was 18 — old Jake and Sara Jane. I learn to plow the rich black dirt fields of East Texas at 14. That’s when I learned “A farting mule can’t pull and a pulling mule can’t fart”. My dad…

Click here to read more... Robert Plumlee : Memoir : Oct 2020

Robert Plumlee : Memoir : Oct 2020

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And here is my Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Jackson, TN, and grew up in Johnson City, TN, living there from the time I was two until I was twenty-four. I’ve lived in Mississippi and Georgia, but most of my adult life has been in or around Chattanooga,…

Click here to read more... Kevin Brown : Memoir : September 2020

Kevin Brown : Memoir : September 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a Gulf-Coast Southerner, through and through. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. For the first half of my life, I lived in uptown until Hurricane Katrina. After swimming out of my home and all of that jazz, I moved around the country until I…

Click here to read more... Layne Radlauer : Essay : September 2020

Layne Radlauer : Essay : September 2020