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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Those memories in the creek and at the picnic table are ones I want to live forever… Our Patches Back on one of the nights in what had to be our second week—after the crying softened and the angry, delusional threats of escape went away—the generator went…

Click here to read more... Bradley Sides: Fiction: May 2022

Bradley Sides: Fiction: May 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1973, to a sixteen-year old mother. I shot guns and painted cheap apartments with a bunch of drunks and did a lot of bad shit and later got a Ph.D. in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill….

Click here to read more... Neil Bearden: Fiction: May 2022

Neil Bearden: Fiction: May 2022

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Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in no where, southeast Tennessee, where more men went to fight for the union (including my great great great great whatever pappy) than any other southern state during the Civil War, went to school in middle Tennessee, then up north in ye olde…

Click here to read more... Lukas Tallent: Fiction: May 2022

Lukas Tallent: Fiction: May 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up on my grandparents’ cattle farm in the Missouri Ozarks. Baptized by springs and copperheads and cow dung and cave mud and family turkey shoots, I loved every minute of it. My family raised Holsteins, hunted bobwhite quail, ate together every Sunday, and basically lived…

Click here to read more... Ryan Stone: Fiction: April 2022

Ryan Stone: Fiction: April 2022

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: I once read Mason and Dixon by Thomas Pynchon and thought it was alright. I wrote this story based on my experience with memory and the pain of it slipping away (which is why the story ends so abruptly). The story is set in my grandad’s…

Click here to read more... Dominic Burke: Fiction: April 2022

Dominic Burke: Fiction: April 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: James Vachowski once spent 21 days confined to a quarantine facility in southern China. A former resident of both South Carolina and Beijing, he speaks Mandarin with a drawl. Missed Connections: Master Builder Seeks Missing Piece (M4W, 24) Spotted at Bay Area LUG-CON: The “1-by-5” I’ve been…

Click here to read more... James Vachowski: Flash Fiction: April 2022

James Vachowski: Flash Fiction: April 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a Texas girl, born and raised. My grandparents were old enough to be my great-grandparents, but they reared me. Engulfed in Southern culture and Southern COUNTRY culture, I spent my formative years on the farm. Unlike others my age, I knew how to bottle-feed a…

Click here to read more... Tracy Snyder: Fiction: March 2022

Tracy Snyder: Fiction: March 2022

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement : Life was meant to be lived: for better or for worse. Me and Bobby Me, Momma and Bobby were ALMOST sent to the Promised Land in a place I called Our Hide-out. It actually was an abandoned WWII tuberculosis hospital just two blocks away from…

Click here to read more... Constance Gorman: Fiction: March 2022

Constance Gorman: Fiction: March 2022

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: I soaked the cured ham for two days and then boiled it for two hours but it was still too salty so I started over, fearing I had ruined it. No, it worked, and now I serve it to friends and family. I live in rural…

Click here to read more... Susan Robbins: Fiction: March 2022

Susan Robbins: Fiction: March 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: In reference to my hometown in southeastern Illinois, my cousin used to say, “The South begins about five miles south of here.” I still cannot agree. You could see the South from a ladder and it wasn’t always south. The landscape changed dramatically from the central Illinois…

Click here to read more... Garin Cycholl: Fiction: March 2022

Garin Cycholl: Fiction: March 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Simran Bhakta is an emerging writer from Texas. She likes her tea iced, and sweet (And not served unsweetened with a jar of sugar when she requests it at a restaurant) and says y’all at least once in every sentence. When she’s not writing she moonlights as…

Click here to read more... Simra Bhakta: Fiction: March 2022

Simra Bhakta: Fiction: March 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Kansas City, MO. Not technically, on the Missouri side mind you–but that’s the bit of Kansas City I claim. Nothing has ever happened in Kansas, except The Wizard of Oz. I’m tired of people making a Dorothy joke when they meet me for…

Click here to read more... Elle Lane: Fiction: March 2022

Elle Lane: Fiction: March 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I live south of Lake Erie now, the shallowest of the Great lakes and the one with the most shipwrecks, but my mother’s family started in Virginia, some as indentured servants, working their way through Tennessee and Kentucky in five generations, before finally ending their journey as…

Click here to read more... Bonnie Brewer-Kraus: Fiction: Feb 2022

Bonnie Brewer-Kraus: Fiction: Feb 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a South Carolina explorer, drama maker, and am known for being a bit high-strung. i enjoy going on long walks, taking pictures of snakes, and love all kinds of critters. Even though i don’t have much of a Southern accent, i’ve lived in the South…

Click here to read more... Marie Griffin: Fiction: Feb 2022

Marie Griffin: Fiction: Feb 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: His southern roots go back to the 1750s when the first European branch of his family settled in Virginia. A son, Abendego, enlisted in the Continental Army after the Hard Winter, was inocculated for small pox, under orders of General Washington, got sick, couldn’t muster up, and…

Click here to read more... Duane L. Herrmann: flash fiction: Feb 2022

Duane L. Herrmann: flash fiction: Feb 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was raised in a sand blow surrounded by the cotton fields around Black Oak, Arkansas. My kids are still filling empty butter bowls with the same sandy ground I did as a child. I have eaten sardines straight from the tin moments after baiting a fish…

Click here to read more... Mark Poe: Flash Fiction: Feb 2022

Mark Poe: Flash Fiction: Feb 2022

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: I went to college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home of the Krispy Kreme donut. One of my elders (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty) once executed an illegal U-turn in downtown Charlotte when he spotted a flashing Krispy Kreme “hot” light. A Ten-Dollar Hole…

Click here to read more... Elizabeth Spencer Spragins: Flash Fiction: Jan 2022

Elizabeth Spencer Spragins: Flash Fiction: Jan 2022

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: We were a prototypical southern nuclear family. My Papaw came up in the Great Smokey Mountains, near Farner, Tennessee and Cherokee, North Carolina. When he was nine, he lost track of the time one summer evening, squirrel hunting up on the mountain, and he avoided a sound…

Click here to read more... David VanDevelder: Fiction: Dec. 2021

David VanDevelder: Fiction: Dec. 2021

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As for my Southern Legitimacy, I was born in Southern Indiana but my parents quickly relocated to Clarksville, Tennessee and then my adopted hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. As an Army kid I moved around a lot, but always seemed to return to the Sandhills and Central North Carolina, which…

Click here to read more... Benjamin Abel: Fiction Part II, Dec 2021

Benjamin Abel: Fiction Part II, Dec 2021

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As for my Southern Legitimacy, I was born in Southern Indiana but my parents quickly relocated to Clarksville, Tennessee and then my adopted hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. As an Army kid I moved around a lot, but always seemed to return to the Sandhills and Central North Carolina, which…

Click here to read more... Benjamin Abel: Fiction, Part I: Dec 2021

Benjamin Abel: Fiction, Part I: Dec 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My Southern roots are gastronomic. My mother spent her childhood and most of her teen years in Shreveport, LA. There she and her identical twin Cecile developed the sweet inflections of the deep south, a witty appreciation of language, and – most important to me as a…

Click here to read more... Neil Izenberg: Flash Fiction: Dec 2021

Neil Izenberg: Flash Fiction: Dec 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: April M. Hedges bleeds purple and gold. She loves a cold beer when it is 72 and sunny, a crawfish boil, and humor with a little bit of snark. Visiting Althea swirled her coffee in the mug she got the year all of them went to Dollywood,…

Click here to read more... April Hedges: Flash Fiction: Dec 2021

April Hedges: Flash Fiction: Dec 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up doing the same stupid things that all redneck Alabama kids do. When I got old enough, I jumped out of state for college and quickly learned that this big old world isn’t all cotton fields and red clay. Being Southern isn’t just an address,…

Click here to read more... Ralph Sabelhaus: Fiction: Nov 2021

Ralph Sabelhaus: Fiction: Nov 2021

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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. Political Ads As per the recent changes in campaign laws stemming from the recent 2043, 9-to-6 SCOTUS ruling,…

Click here to read more... Andy Betz : Fiction: Nov 2021

Andy Betz : Fiction: Nov 2021