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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

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Been a while, and this is not a good one. But when my parents stopped at a Dairy Queen on the way back from Florida, I went to get a drink since it was 90 +. There were two fountains. One had a line of about 50…

Click here to read more... Edward Supranowicz: Fiction: Nov 2021

Edward Supranowicz: Fiction: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I like my tea sweet but not my cornbread. My great-great grandfather, his father and his uncles were with Lee when he surrendered at Appomattox. I learned those old stories from my great-grandmother, who we called Grandmammy. I’d rather eat red beans and rice than fancy French…

Click here to read more... Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy: Fiction: Nov 2021

Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy: Fiction: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  I was born in north Alabama to a mom from Alabama and a dad from Georgia. Even though I was raised in the north in southern Ohio, my southern legitimacy runs generationally deep.  I am sweet tea drinking, fried chicken eating, SEC loving gal!   I am…

Click here to read more... Teresa Alexander: Fiction: Nov 2021

Teresa Alexander: Fiction: Nov 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I don’t know if any of my people were legitimate, but they were most certainly poor dirt farmers in the Carolinas back into the 1600’s. My folks consider sweet potato a vegetable, and salads wiggle like a hula girl’s hips. Is that a decent enough pedigree to…

Click here to read more... Marco Etheridge: Fiction: Oct 2021

Marco Etheridge: Fiction: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: As I expressed three years prior, when you were so kind as to accept “The Neurosurgeon’s Rat,” my Southern legitimacy is honorary and based on my near-decade in Fayetteville with my wife and children as I pursued my master’s and doctorate in English from the U. of…

Click here to read more... Robb T. White: Fiction: Oct 2021

Robb T. White: Fiction: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’ve lived South of the Mason-Dixon Line for over 30 years, going deeper South with each move. I save my bacon grease, fry my chicken in lard, and make a mean shrimp and grits. My Southern born and raised husband proclaims my cornbread is better than his…

Click here to read more... M.S. Gardner: Flash Fiction: Oct 2021

M.S. Gardner: Flash Fiction: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born about as far south as you can go without being in the Caribbean, and still people in Georgia tell me “Florida ain’t the south.” They said that crap when I lived in Texas too. Well, if fishing in a Louisiana bayou from a Jon…

Click here to read more... Ronald McGuire : Fiction : Sept. 2021

Ronald McGuire : Fiction : Sept. 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I practiced law for 25 years and ran a public education literacy organization in Mississippi for 15 years. On the Doorstep of Bukowski’s America Sam is an artist. He paints big, messy, powerful paintings. We’ve been friends for decades but there’s rarely enough time. I don’t see…

Click here to read more... Claiborne Barksdale: Fiction: Sept 2021

Claiborne Barksdale: Fiction: Sept 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: People say football is religion in the South. To me, it’s the other way around. You’re born into your team (church), listen to the coach or the announcers (preachers), sing the fight songs (hymns), and chow down at the concession stand (suppers and picnics). The pilgrims on…

Click here to read more... David Swan: Fiction: Sept 2021

David Swan: Fiction: Sept 2021

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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 F. VanDevelder: Fiction: Sept. 2021

David F. VanDevelder: Fiction: Sept. 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Richmond, Virginia and still live there. My momma was from Franklin County and grew up on bootleg money. My daddy’s from Johnson City, Tennessee. When it’s warm I try to jump in the James River once a day. As a kid, before I…

Click here to read more... PA Knight: Fiction: Sept 2021

PA Knight: Fiction: Sept 2021

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT I’ve lived in Louisiana for five years: I earned my MFA at McNeese State University, am working on a PhD in Rhetoric at LSU, and I love being part of the poetry scene in Lafayette too. I’m a Cajun food addict, and could by now surely peel…

Click here to read more... Tyler Robert Sheldon: Flash Fiction: Sept. 2021

Tyler Robert Sheldon: Flash Fiction: Sept. 2021

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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 : August 2021

David VanDevelder: Fiction : August 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Have long been a fan of William Faulkner‘s writing and attended the first annual Faulkner conference in Oxford at the University of Mississippi. I am pretty sure that had Faulkner spent a little more time in Italy in 1925 that he would surely have written at least…

Click here to read more... James Ryer: Fiction: August 2021

James Ryer: Fiction: August 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m a bonafide southern fried hunting and fishing machine. I’ve gotten up before dawn and bagged an 8’ gator, went right up to dusk to put an arrow in the heart of a tusky razorback, and I’ve got a few ten pointers mounted on the basement wall….

Click here to read more... David Grubb: Fiction : August 2021

David Grubb: Fiction : August 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: … grew up between the poor cotton farms and the Ozarks–both of Arkansas. She is a dog lover, tree hugger, nature activist, and defender of children and animals. 10 Step Directions to My Home Walk barefoot with a bobber-rigged cane pole down the dirt road cutting through…

Click here to read more... Bridgette Walden Boothe : Flash fiction: August 2021

Bridgette Walden Boothe : Flash fiction: August 2021

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Here’s my Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in the Volunteer State, lived my first year and a half in the Magnolia State, and then moved to LA (Lower Alabama, that is). There I spent twelve formative years in a remote outpost on the fringes of the modern world where…

Click here to read more... Dave Nelson: Fiction: July 2021

Dave Nelson: Fiction: July 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I trust you consider South Florida, where this piece of flash fiction is set, part of the South. I do. I am an established Cuban American writer with poetry, fiction, nonfiction and even a cookbook. Alligator Sam The lovers named the gator Sam, after Samuel Grossman who…

Click here to read more... Marisella Veiga: Fiction: July 2021

Marisella Veiga: Fiction: July 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I used to read a lot. I am old now and write. Spittin We were standing there spittin, me-n-Tom-n Joey-n-my older brother John and other brother we were spitting at a rock. Jeez we were bored, Joey spit at the rock, a pretty good spit that missed…

Click here to read more... Jim Muyres: Fiction: July 2021

Jim Muyres: Fiction: July 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I like the soft, lazy, sweet summer heat. Act One (Always) I woke up and the air seemed to be pulling away from me. My lips were dry, and my lungs were burning. The early sunlight seemed artificial, something manufactured for effect, not for nurturing the earth….

Click here to read more... Edward Michael Supranowicz : Fiction : July 2021

Edward Michael Supranowicz : Fiction : July 2021

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Southern Statement: I am not a native Southerner, but I can tell you that the eight years I lived in eastern North Carolina gave me what I needed to become one. Someone told me I could tell a story. Someone else put a guitar in my hand. Someone handed me…

Click here to read more... Erica Plouffe Lazure : Fiction : July 2021

Erica Plouffe Lazure : Fiction : July 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My later years bring me full-circle, back to near the one-stoplight East Texas town where I grew up. Farms and small communities, with their Dairy Queens, antique stores, and half- boarded-up Main Streets, seem to have a stronger literary pull than the concrete jungles of some of…

Click here to read more... Marty Liston: Fiction: July 2021

Marty Liston: Fiction: July 2021