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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I still say y’all, ain’t and I reckon. I live near Tampa and I would say that is nearly southern as one can get, although I don’t live near a swamp. Calls From the Southern Forest Today, in the forest, I happened upon something that triggered a…

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Steve Meador: Calls From The Southern Forest : Fiction : November 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up on a tobacco farm in Rougemont, North Carolina. As soon as I turned eighteen I did what everybody else who gets tired of the work and the dirt and the tobacco worms do and I packed up my things and walked away. I spent…

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Diana Cejas : The Crunchy Kind : Flash Fiction : November 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up watching the BC Powder commercials with the woman clutching her temple and saying: “That sure ain’t helping my headache.” I learned at an early age that one of the proper ways to drink Coca-Cola is from a bottle with salted peanuts dropped in. Blondie…

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Christina Johanningmeier : Blondie : Fiction : November 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m tired of apologizing for being a native Floridian. I’ve never ridden an alligator or cooked meth, and “Florida Man” headlines freak me out too. Some of us down here in the thumb of the country are nice, normal people, but I can’t deny that living in…

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Andrea Rinard : Bouquets : Fiction : November 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in the segregated South. Separate water fountains, restrooms, seating in the movie theater, and schools. My high school didn’t desegregate until two years after I graduated. I regret that. My city commission just moved the statue of a Confederate soldier from downtown…

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James Ryer: Girl On The Bridge : Fiction : November 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: An image of a worn Meerschaum clinched tightly between my father’s tobacco-stained teeth as he loosed an iron horseshoe toward a wooden stob in the ground. Granny’s Rapture “Bobby, you better git in here fore the Rapture comes and leaves you behind.” I had just pitched a…

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Rodney Barfield : Granny’s Rapture : Fiction : October 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: It’s true I was born and raised in Chicago, but after my parents died, I found evidence that I was conceived in Tucson, Arizona. I ended up living in Tucson quite by accident nearly twenty years ago. Years before, I lived in Houston, Texas where my home…

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Marlene DeVere: Pinning for Love : Flash Fiction : October 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: It’s true I was born and raised in Chicago, but after my parents died, I found evidence that I was conceived in Tucson, Arizona. I ended up living in Tucson quite by accident nearly twenty years ago. Years before, I lived in Houston, Texas where my home was…

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Marlene DeVere : who ya gonna call : flash fiction : September 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I live in Fort Worth but hope to die in the desert. I love my two dogs, two daughters, and Texas, but not necessarily in that order. Mark A. Nobles is a sixth generation Texan born on Fort Worth’s infamous Jacksboro Highway and proudly claims blood and…

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Mark A Nobles : Wilbur Closes the Wallace : Fiction : September 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Lucinda Trew lives and writes in Charlotte, N.C. She studied journalism and English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… Women Who Lunch I was once hit by an automobile, announced the white-haired lady lunching with friends. At a crosswalk where there should have been…

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Lucinda Trew: Women Who Lunch : Flash Fiction : September 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Although a Northerner by birth (and due to no fault of my own), I was raised in Eastern Kentucky amongst the hills and hollers, and attended college in North Carolina, before returning to the beautiful Bluegrass State and settling in the Derby City of Louisville – a…

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Peter Stavros : The Time Chubz the Cat Went Missing : Fiction : September 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I have published in North Carolina, baby-sat three grandchildren there, and trained with the EKSU’s 278th Infantry Regiment (activated for the Korean conflict) at Fort Devens, MA and was one of the two Northerners on the undefeated post football team. Red High Heels at the River Odd…

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Tom Sheehan : Red High Heels at the River : August 2019

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Southern Literacy Statement: I was born in Ohio, but I got to Texas as fast as I could. Texas is like the rest of the South, but better. Now I know that people who say Texans talk about Texas too much don’t know anything about Texas. The Life and Death…

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Alex Leigh Jones : The Life and Death of an Adventure : August 2019

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Southern Legitmacy Statement: I live where I grew up, (across the road) from the 1820 farm house where I grew up, make biscuits from scratch (most of the time) and cook collard greens with fat back. Seventy-five MPH Yes, I know what is happening but do not believe it– that…

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Susan Robbins: Seventy-five MPH : flash : August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am one of the 54 grandchildren of Mila and Esther and our enormous family’s Christmas Eve tradition was having bottle rocket wars against each other across a field of corn while our parents (all 22 of them) prepped the massive amounts of fried chicken, field peas,…

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Jami Kimbrell : Milkweed : Flash : August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in the frosty Minnesota where the winters are long and harsh, and the sight of green grass is a memory to be cherished. That doesn’t mean that I’m as cold as the weather, though, and after visiting the south on numerous occasions, I feel I’ve picked…

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Sarah Everett : Supermarket Mayhem : Flash Fiction : August 2019

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My Southern legitimacy lies in being a native and lifelong citizen of a City that was once largest in the South and called its Queen City, la Nouvelle Orleans in l’Isle d’Orleans in SE Louisiana (the place whose bankers’ ten dollar francophonic dollars it’s said gave rise to the name”Dixie”)….

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Bruce Naccari : Chene Fou, Near a Crossroads : Fiction : August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Last year when Fairfax High school had a legitimate threat from a potential school shooter, the idea for this story began. When our local Jewish Community Center was horrifically vandalized, my thoughts turned to how faith and politics were represented in my Southern community. An Article of…

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Sharon Wishnow: An Article of Lost Faith : August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: The story was inspired by a woman who lost everyone she loves and lives alone with her memories in a Southern mansion. L’appel du Vide The new moon has cast darkness over my home. A home sealed with squeals, laughter and cries for mom. I’ve lived here…

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Sharon Willdin: L’appel du Vide : Fiction : August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: The South is a complex kaleidoscope of contradictions that historically coexisted through compartmentalizing when ideal clashed with real. Brutality and gentility, discrimination and democracy, hospitality and race/class hostility, and more odd couples, lived and live in our kaleidoscope, which at each twist shifts the aspect created by…

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Reese Belew : Walmartians and Assholebergers : fiction: August 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: This is a fake news story of how Nags Head, North Carolina lost its apostrophe. How Nags Head Lost its Apostrophe “Take it and be damned!” . . . Thomas J. Harkaway Perhaps the first and most important thing to say about Nags Head is that virtually…

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Steven Levi: How Nags Head Lost its Apostrophe : Fiction : July 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I read that you folks originated in Pamlico. I used to work for the Sun Journal in New Bern. That was back in the days when daily newspapers were healthy. This story is one of a 100 that focuses on the city of Greensburg and Dinwoodie County,…

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Timothy Rodriguez: Deputy Carson Tinnin, summer of 1983 : Fiction : July 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My Grampa Navy was from Copper Hill, Tennessee, a place that still sounds like “Copper Heel, Tin ah see” when I type the words even though it’s been decades since he spoke about the acid and the Burra Burra mine. When I was about 9, living near…

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Amy Smith Linton: A Bedtime Story: Fiction : July 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am from the deep south of the Deep South, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I lived in the Glory Land for 30 years until I decided to spread my Southerness abroad, and now I live in Bangkok, Thailand, promoting Southern speech (especially “y’all”) to coworkers and students alike. The…

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K C Tora: The Unexpected Gift : Flash Fiction : July 2019