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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My people settled the Territory South of the River Ohio, which later took the name ‘Tennessee.’ (Before they were Tennesseans, they were North Carolinians and Virginians.) I can whittle in a tilted-back chair on the front porch, use a tissue-paper comb to keep a tune, and make…

Click here to read more... Deborah-Zenha Adams: Memoir: April 2021

Deborah-Zenha Adams: Memoir: April 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born north of the Mason-Dixon line, but with a Southern spirit. Now I’m happily settled where Southern red cedar bedecked in Spanish moss shares the landscape with live oaks and cabbage palms—Florida,the land of flowers, where it’s harder to stop something from growing than to…

Click here to read more... Lisa Taylor: Creative Non-Fiction: April 2021

Lisa Taylor: Creative Non-Fiction: April 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in New York with dyed-in-the wool Southern parents. They arrived in the city during The Depression determined “to make it,” as my father said, and they did. But they brought along with them the unwritten Southern rulebook of “shoulds” and expectations, which I called…

Click here to read more... Joan Baker: Memoir: April 2021

Joan Baker: Memoir: April 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Proud as a peacock to be truly southern. Born below the gnat line in middle Georgia. Lived in Hot Atlanta a few years, then raised a bunch youngins within a view of the north Georgia mountains. Currently spreading my feathers in the humid swamps of north-central Florida….

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

Joseph Leverette: Memoir: April 2021

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This month features poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, memoirs and more writing goodness than you can shake a stick at. My dad used to say that– “more than you can shake a stick at” — I wonder if that’s a common phrase. Bob was born in 1915 and I find…

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April 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’ve lived all of my life south of the Mason-Dixon Line. I come from Bandy, which is located in southwest Virginia. I was six when my family moved to Hampton Roads. My dad escaped a life in the coal mines to work as a pipefitter at the…

Click here to read more... George Bandy : Memoir : March 2021

George Bandy : Memoir : March 2021

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My Southern Legitimacy originates with water. In 1963, my father decided to take the family South not West because the water in LA upset his digestion. My eldest sister always regretted the choice but I revealed growing up on the coast of central Florida. I loved wandering through the palmetto…

Click here to read more... Richard F. Hamm: Essay: March 2021

Richard F. Hamm: Essay: March 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up south of the airport. It wasn’t something I led with back then. Taking the bus into town was like traveling to another, more deliberate country. Truth is, pretty much everyone here talks true north, but chooses to live hugging the US/Canada border. A national…

Click here to read more... Ren Pike : Creative Non-Fiction : March 2021

Ren Pike : Creative Non-Fiction : March 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born into the same economic class as Job’s turkey in eastern Tennessee, and grew up into a neighborhood of lowlifes, wastrels, and questionable IQs. I managed to get myself educated and to a certain extent, literate. I teach and write in the Smokies. Tippycanoe: Swamped…

Click here to read more... C. Susan Evans : Memoir: March 2021

C. Susan Evans : Memoir: March 2021

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT I’ve lived in Louisiana for a handful of years, and I’m now working on a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at LSU. In my time here, I’ve tried many different gas stations’ boudin (they always have the BEST boudin. My favorite: Nonc Kev’s in Rayne); done too…

Click here to read more... Tyler Robert Sheldon: Memoir : February 2021

Tyler Robert Sheldon: Memoir : February 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Norfolk, Virginia and grew up in nearby Virginia Beach. Spent lots of time in Gloucester VA where my mom grew up. Summers almost always involved a two-week trip to the Blue Ridge. If you want to go further back, I recently traced a…

Click here to read more... Andy Fogle : Memoir : February 2021

Andy Fogle : Memoir : February 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Mobile, Ala., to parents whose ancestors lived throughout the southern parts of Alabama. My parents’ divorce eventually migrated me to the most Southern place on Earth, the Mississippi Delta. I was raised in the Delta, went to college at Southern Miss in Hattiesburg,…

Click here to read more... Susan Weldon Scott: Memoir: February 2021

Susan Weldon Scott: Memoir: February 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in North Carolina, weaned on beer and oysters, Braxton Younts lived in the heart of Appalachia. After that he roamed the cold streets of America, Europe and Japan, chasing elusive dreams, writing a little, things mostly for himself, and trying to forget something very sad that…

Click here to read more... Braxton Younts: Memoir : February 2021

Braxton Younts: Memoir : February 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am originally from south Louisiana, where I grew up on the Bayou Teche. I now call eastern North Carolina home, where I live part-time on the Pamlico River. I teach at East Carolina University. I’ve written about Southern writers through most of my career, but have…

Click here to read more... Margaret Donovan Bauer : Memoir : February 2021

Margaret Donovan Bauer : Memoir : February 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: … born and raised Floridian. The Final Girl “Come out and show yourself, Krueger!” My eyes shoot open and my heart instantly thrusts its gears to full throttle, preparing me for the unthinkable sight I’m about to witness. As I look around frantically for the source, I…

Click here to read more... Bethany Bruno: Memoir : February 2021

Bethany Bruno: Memoir : February 2021

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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