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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

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I speak with a muddled southern accent. I lived in the north all my life, but my father’s family comes from the south, and on their trek north they didn’t bring money, brains, better ideas, or even sanity with them; nothing at all except the cumulative degenerative…

Click here to read more... R. J. Roberts : Memoir : September 2020

R. J. Roberts : Memoir : September 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a Kentucky boy who is born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains that is telling a story about going to the Dollar Store. Plus Fried Taters touch my soul. A Trip to the Dollar Store I did not have a Granny that…

Click here to read more... Eric Creech : Memoir : September 2020

Eric Creech : Memoir : September 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement | My Dad was born at the Hotel Dieu in New Orleans, and none of his family had ever ventured far past the Mississippi River before he did. Though born in Texas, I grew up in Belle Chasse, LA. (the boot of the boot of Louisiana) from…

Click here to read more... Dena Pruett: Essay : September 2020

Dena Pruett: Essay : September 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement — I was born, and have lived, and have not left for more than 25 days, an area bound to the east by I-65 in Birmingham and to the west by Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd in Tuscaloosa, and bounded no more than ten miles to the north…

Click here to read more... Jay Waters: What We Gonna Do : Essay : August 2020

Jay Waters: What We Gonna Do : Essay : August 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was raised dirt poor on a poor dirt farm in eastern North Carolina. I have written since I was small and have always been fascinated by people’s motivations. I somehow was able to get a good education and eventually tenure at a major university. I am…

Click here to read more... Mike Boyette : On Hoes and Hoeing : Essay: August 2020

Mike Boyette : On Hoes and Hoeing : Essay: August 2020

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The Witch, The Egg, and the Cure Imagine that you have asthma. You are ten years old. Your life just started yet every day feels like a step closer to the end. You try to take a deep breath but doing so makes you cough for five minutes. Snacks and…

Click here to read more... Jesus Lopez: Memoir : August 2020

Jesus Lopez: Memoir : August 2020

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Southern Legitimacy statement(s): 1) I’m from further South than most Southerners, 2) Dang redbugs! Southerisms from the Spanish Moss Belt I live in Alachua, Florida. Not quite the Florida most people think of when they envision South Beach, The Orlando Magic, or Tampa International Airport. I am in live oak…

Click here to read more... Ricardo Jose Gonzalez-Rothi :Creative Non-Fiction: August 2020

Ricardo Jose Gonzalez-Rothi :Creative Non-Fiction: August 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Missouri and now live (very, very) close to Atlanta. With the exception of college, I have spent my entire life in the South. Nudge Apa The Hungarian word for grandfather is nagyapa.  My great-grandfather died a mere two days prior to…

Click here to read more... Andy Betz: Nudge Apa: Essay: August 2020

Andy Betz: Nudge Apa: Essay: August 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: This piece details a memory I share with my little sister while visiting my mother’s best friend, who was born and raised in the South. She ran her household as if she still lived in Oklahoma even after she moved to California. I was born and raised…

Click here to read more... Jessica Gillich: Lellie’s Place: Essay : August 2020

Jessica Gillich: Lellie’s Place: Essay : August 2020

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SLS: When I close my eyes and recall my childhood, I see hay, tractors, ponds, creeks, cows, and biscuits. Lots and lots of biscuits. Biscuit Reflections Not to toot my own horn, but a few months ago, I started thinking. I guess I shouldn’t even feign pride. After all, it’s…

Click here to read more... Bradley Sides: Biscuit Reflections : Essay : August 2020

Bradley Sides: Biscuit Reflections : Essay : August 2020

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Southern Literacy Statement: I am originally from south Louisiana, where I grew up on the Bayou Teche. I left in 1989 for graduate school at the University of Tennessee, then taught at Texas A&M for a couple of years, followed by one year living outside of the South, teaching in…

Click here to read more... Margaret Donovan Bauer: This Girl Rules: Essay: July 2020

Margaret Donovan Bauer: This Girl Rules: Essay: July 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in New Orleans and spent the first ten years of my life in southern Louisiana. Since I was ten, I’ve lived in Kentucky. My daddy is from Arkansas; my mama born in Mississippi. I grew up on boats and in gardens and saying ma’am…

Click here to read more... Rebecca Potter : Breathe Easy : Memoir : July 2020

Rebecca Potter : Breathe Easy : Memoir : July 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Growing up in South Jersey with West Virginia roots brings a person towards the equator to seek understanding. While in South Carolina I decided I want to be a writer and I moved to Florida to find salvation for my mind, relaxation for my body, and to…

Click here to read more... D.S. Davis: Creative Non-Fiction: June 2020

D.S. Davis: Creative Non-Fiction: June 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a Southerner though for sure. I was raised in Florida by a dad whose family crept down from Georgia and a mom whose ancestors moseyed down from North Carolina. My grandaddy said you were all right if you came from North Carolina but South Carolina,…

Click here to read more... Kimberly Diaz: Creative Non-Fiction : June 2020

Kimberly Diaz: Creative Non-Fiction : June 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I go to school in Alabama, and every Friday the cafeteria serves mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, collard greens, corn bread, and fried chicken. Don’t worry, there is no shortage of y’alls, ain’ts, and down yonders in my life. Take a Step. A Small One. You wait…

Click here to read more... McKenna Neville : Memoir : June 2020

McKenna Neville : Memoir : June 2020