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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Galveston, TX, and raised in Houston after my family evacuated following Hurricane Carla. I am educated at the University of Texas, Texas State University, and Texas Tech. That’s a whole bunch of southern bona fides. But here’s more. I grew and still enjoy…

Click here to read more... Steve Gerson: Fiction : May 2020

Steve Gerson: Fiction : May 2020

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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: May 2020

David VanDevelder: Fiction: May 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My hometown straddles the bleeding northern edge of the South. The Mason-Dixon line runs directly through it; on the map, that line is a rut carved jagged in the earth. Step to one side, you’re in the North. Step to the other, you’re in the South. Directly…

Click here to read more... Laura Pinhey: Fiction : May 2020

Laura Pinhey: Fiction : May 2020

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I have no clue what information is pertinent, so without further ado: K. J. Kovacs – Southern Legitimacy Statement : I had a bona fide sign from the King. Make that signs, plural. I’m tempted not to tell you about the signs, because maybe you don’t deserve to know. I…

Click here to read more... K. J. Kovacs: Fiction: April 2020

K. J. Kovacs: Fiction: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Mark Mulholland is not from the South and has never been there. In fact Mark isn’t from the USA at all, or indeed Canada or the UK or even Australia or anywhere snazzy like that. Mark, through no fault of his own, was born and raised in…

Click here to read more... Mark Mulholland: Fiction: April 2020

Mark Mulholland: Fiction: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Married to a woman from Ocilla, GA, who dated a lobbyist for the Tennessee Medical Association, who collected fascinating (and actual) causes of death, hence the title. Went to Bed Fine, Woke Up Dead SHE’D GONE TO bed in the Johnson City Stopover – that much was…

Click here to read more... James Roderick Burns: Fiction: April 2020

James Roderick Burns: Fiction: April 2020

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and grew up in the pines and blackwater creeks of central Louisiana. In the Army I had the privilege to spend some time in Tennessee and Kentucky, but the only bluegrass band I ever got to see was in a desert in Egypt…

Click here to read more... Bryan Fontenot: Fiction: April 2020

Bryan Fontenot: Fiction: April 2020

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: I moved to a small farm on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in 2004 on which I put a conservation easement. The community of woods, pond, fields and salt marsh will be forever protected from the ravages of development and industrialized chicken farming flooding in from the north….

Click here to read more... Anthony Picardi: Fiction: April 2020

Anthony Picardi: Fiction: April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I hail from the Deep South–Hattiesburg, Mississippi. While I now live overseas in Bangkok, Thailand, I make sure to incorporate Southern living on a daily basis. I cook biscuits often, read to my daughter in my best Southern accent, and encourage my colleagues to say “y’all.” It’s…

Click here to read more... Karen Toralba: Fiction : April 2020

Karen Toralba: Fiction : April 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Dad’s from New Orleans, my mother has roots in North Carolina. I grew up straddling the line between Southern Maryland and Washington D.C. I’ve currently been living in Michigan for 2 years. What I miss most is the warm weather and crab legs! Pigeons Pigeons walk when…

Click here to read more... Jade Woodridge : Fiction : March 2020

Jade Woodridge : Fiction : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was ten years old when I first visited a hospital. I had been chasing a black snake through an open corn field where someone had left a pitchfork. One of the tines tore through my foot and sent me screaming toward the house. The snake got…

Click here to read more... Rodney Barfield : Flash Fiction : March 2020

Rodney Barfield : Flash Fiction : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Clinton Myers is a native of Tracy City, Tennessee currently living in Nashville. An attorney by trade, this marks his first foray into flash fiction. The Road to Yonder “One time I was heading around this turn right up here and just on the other side of…

Click here to read more... Clinton Meyers : Fiction : March 2020

Clinton Meyers : Fiction : March 2020

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STATEMENT OF LEGITIMACY I still have not gotten over that ‘Shake ‘N Bake’ television commercial from the 70s where that girl uses the world’s worse Southern accent to ask her mother if she can pitch in on the biscuit making. “Cunn ah hep?!” If it were up to me, somebody…

Click here to read more... Michael Gigandet: Fiction : March 2020

Michael Gigandet: Fiction : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:I believe that in a previous life I was from the Deep South. Not just south of the Mason-Dixon line, but as far south as you can go before wading into the Gulf. The voices in my head have accents, soft and slow. I’m comfortable in heat and…

Click here to read more... Michele Davis: Flash Fiction: March 2020

Michele Davis: Flash Fiction: March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My SLS is like a country song. At 17, I moved to Texas, got married, moved to New York, got divorced and now I think about my exes and Texas, but not always. Sometimes I think about pecan pie or ponder what became of the girl I…

Click here to read more... T. L. Sherwood: Flash Fiction : March 2020

T. L. Sherwood: Flash Fiction : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’ve known hidden creeks, deep fishing pools and smooth stones under my wet feet. I’ve fallen asleep while watching the morning sun rise only to wake up to watch it set over pine-swollen mountains. Ash In the early morning Ryan Jackson found himself in a tearful sprint…

Click here to read more... Anthony Cornejo: Flash Fiction : March 2020

Anthony Cornejo: Flash Fiction : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m new to the south. I like it here, but I feel like everywhere I go I’m ‘appraised.’ It’s interesting. When I was at Cornell in CNY, and someone from NC passed by, I didn’t think: Huh, You’re from the South. Everyone I meet (down here) uses…

Click here to read more... Richard Leise: Fiction : March 2020

Richard Leise: Fiction : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement I grew up chasing off guinea fowls and picking wild strawberries from the backyard. Cupping lightning bugs in my palm, eating pinto beans and cornbread, and licking honeysuckles in my bare feet. Calling and being called “honey, sugar, dumplin’, pumpkin, sweetie pie.” Saying, “I reckon we’ll meet…

Click here to read more... Courtney Rose: Fiction : February 2020

Courtney Rose: Fiction : February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I attended East Carolina U., Virginia Tech., and NC State U. In 1976, I married a wonderful guy from North Carolina, and we have lived in North Carolina ever since. Once I could pronounce “y’all” as a one syllable word and eat grits, I considered myself a…

Click here to read more... Suzanne Cottrell: Fiction : February 2020

Suzanne Cottrell: Fiction : February 2020

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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 English (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…

Click here to read more... Tyler Robert Sheldon : Fiction : February 2020

Tyler Robert Sheldon : Fiction : February 2020

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Southern Literary Statement: I was born in South Georgia and grew up in North Florida twenty miles from the Georgia State Line. My childhood revolved around church twice on Sundays and a prayer meeting on Wednesday nights. We’d make a 10-mile trip into town for groceries on Saturday afternoons. Memories…

Click here to read more... Gerri Almand : Fiction : February 2020

Gerri Almand : Fiction : February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Adrienne Burris grew up in the purple shag-carpeted room her mother grew up in, the third bedroom of a small brick ranch sandwiched between a cow pasture and a tobacco farm. Her grandfather picked her up from high school in his pickup truck, and they listened to Walter…

Click here to read more... Adrienne Burris: Fiction : February 2020

Adrienne Burris: Fiction : February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Mark Currey is a singer-songwriter whose roots run through Ft. Worth, Texas and the deep pine forests of southeast Arkansas. Inspired by roots rock, classic country and Americana music as well as southern gothic literature, Mark is a story teller searching for a honest expression of his…

Click here to read more... Mark Currey : Fiction : February 2020

Mark Currey : Fiction : February 2020

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: My Southern Legitimacy starts with the breath, the first time I inhaled Faulkner and Tennessee Williams—the rhythms and sounds of their language sliding under my skin, pulsating through my veins. It’s amplified when I pick up my blues harp and play along with the only kind…

Click here to read more... Marie Henry : Fiction : February 2020

Marie Henry : Fiction : February 2020