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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Illinois against my will and fled that state for a better future in Texas. When family ask if I’ll ever return there, I can’t stop laughing at them, not with them. Why would I want to return to a place where it snows…

Click here to read more... Brian Cravens: Fiction: February 2021

Brian Cravens: Fiction: February 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born and grew up in Mink Shoals, West Virginia. I love being in places with neat town names not found in the L.A. Times—most recently: Big Stick, Blue Jay 6, and Odd. Brown beans and cornbread might be my favorite meal. With wineberries for dessert. Will not…

Click here to read more... Timothy Dodd : Fiction : February 2021

Timothy Dodd : Fiction : February 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am legitimately southern. Both sides of my family go back many generations in North Carolina. I live (and write) in Wilmington. Broken “It’s broken,” Mama said, as though Jim couldn’t see the handlebars for himself. “I told you to quit trying to do a wheelie. It’s…

Click here to read more... Elaine Thomas: Micro-Fiction : February 2021

Elaine Thomas: Micro-Fiction : February 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Sunday mornings at our house it’s grits, red eye gravy, country ham, eggs over easy and buttermilk biscuits. (Please don’t tell my doctor.) I’ve walked 3 miles to a one room schoolhouse taught by an 18-year old girl with one year of business school and lots of…

Click here to read more... Pete Peterson: Fiction: January 2021

Pete Peterson: Fiction: January 2021

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I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lee University which is in Cleveland, TN, to establish my Southern Legitimacy… to further cement my southern roots, I was born in Columbia, SC, raised, largely, in Oklahoma and Texas, and lived in Tennessee and Georgia for a significant portion of…

Click here to read more... John Mason: Flash Fiction: January 2021

John Mason: Flash Fiction: January 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, I am a native Atlantan born to a father also raised in Atlanta and a mother from small-town northern Florida. I spent many childhood summer days either swimming in a black water spring near the Suwanee River, or jumping into the frigid…

Click here to read more... Martha Payne: Fiction: January 2021

Martha Payne: Fiction: January 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My grandfather gave me my first chew of tobacco around the age of five, and I started hunting with a shotgun when I was eight. As for my interest in the Southern aesthetic, well, that probably began in about the fifth grade, when my buddy and I…

Click here to read more... Heath Dollar : Fiction : January 2021

Heath Dollar : Fiction : January 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and have lived in the South when it was segregated, have seen the changes forged through the efforts of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, have witnessed the flare ups ignited by racial inequities and injustices in the ensuing…

Click here to read more... James Ryer: Fiction: Dec 2020

James Ryer: Fiction: Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m Southern California, born and raised, (learned to surf in high school P.E.). But my Dad’s parents came from big families in Oklahoma, leaving behind more relatives than he can count. My statement feels like a family reunion in blazing summer, light years from home; a house…

Click here to read more... Curtis Miller: Fiction : Dec 2020

Curtis Miller: Fiction : Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born and bred in Texas. If you see a guy trying not to lose his balance while walking across the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia in his cowboy boots, that would be me. The Oldest Barber in Texas His great-granddaughter hung a sign from his barber pole saying…

Click here to read more... Kevin Grauke: Fiction: Dec 2020

Kevin Grauke: Fiction: Dec 2020

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT When we unexpectedly showed up at Grandma’s house on any given Sunday, she would send one of my older brothers into the yard to catch a chicken or two. She was quicker and more efficient at wringing the chicken’s neck, so she would deftly, with a flick…

Click here to read more... Sheila Arnold: Fiction: Dec 2020

Sheila Arnold: Fiction: Dec 2020

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT When we unexpectedly showed up at Grandma’s house on any given Sunday, she would send one of my older brothers into the yard to catch a chicken or two. She was quicker and more efficient at wringing the chicken’s neck, so she would deftly, with a flick…

Click here to read more... Sheila Arnold : Fiction : Nov 2020

Sheila Arnold : Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a double immigrant from Italy and Venezuela who became a Texan 25 years ago. On top of that, I am a first-generation college graduate who received a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. That’s over 30 years of experience as a…

Click here to read more... Elisabetta La Cava : Fiction : Nov 2020

Elisabetta La Cava : Fiction : Nov 2020

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT: Mississippi birthed me skinny, Louisiana fattened me up, Georgia married me off, Tennessee worked me like a borrowed mule and Florida retired me. My favorite quote is from Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. ” The South is a place. East, west, and north are nothing…

Click here to read more... Claire Massey : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Claire Massey : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: We lived up in a holler outside Waynesboro, Tennessee. My dad was a master sergeant in Korea, at 23 years old. They killed everyone else, except Private Simmons, so they put my dad in charge. We never got along, so I hit the road Jack… Those…

Click here to read more... Christopher J. Ananias : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Christopher J. Ananias : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: As a student at one of the South’s finest public universities, I rediscovered my childhood penchant for long conversations, piping hot, locally roasted coffee, and kind souls who always have enough time for tradition. The public transportation systems aren’t bad, either. The 32 Bus The 32 bus…

Click here to read more... Jennifer Schneider : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Jennifer Schneider : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Erik Peters is a teacher with a love of the American south. Whether it is southern comfort -of either the welcoming kind or the sort which warms your throat around a campfire- or country music, the south’s culture of rugged individualism has become a hallmark of Peters’…

Click here to read more... Erik Peters : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Erik Peters : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in North Carolina and spent more than half my life in the south – variously residing in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. I admire Mark Twain for mighty specific reasons and Allan Gurganus for others. I have asked both authors questions. Knowing of our…

Click here to read more... Charles Philip Brooks : Fiction : Nov 2020

Charles Philip Brooks : Fiction : Nov 2020

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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 : flash fiction : Nov 2020

Steve Gerson : flash fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Some folks say Oklahoma is the south, I’m not so sure. I was born there and grew up there but always heard the call of those more southern states. I moved on down to Texas for a while and soon enough I slid on over to New…

Click here to read more... Emily Painton : Fiction : Nov 2020

Emily Painton : Fiction : Nov 2020

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My Southern Legitimacy is that I used to work towboats out of exotic ports such as Fouchon and Houma. There I developed a lifelong thirst for sweet tea and gumbo done right. If that isn’t enough legitimacy, I understand. Not everyone can be bona fide Southern. Three Stories Drilling  We…

Click here to read more... Travis Stephens : Fiction : Nov 2020

Travis Stephens : Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in the South, but I’ve been around. I carry it with me everywhere. An Evening with Friends Jo-Jo shook loose tobacco onto the paper, rolled it and ran his tongue along the edge. He stowed the near-empty pouch and the book of…

Click here to read more... Karan Freimark : Fiction : Oct 2020

Karan Freimark : Fiction : Oct 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: No need for the Confederate flag, which has spread far beyond the South as a symbol of hatred and racism. Waffle House serves as the true boundary marker for the region. Cheesy eggs, grits, raisin toast, and bottomless mugs of coffee work for me. Always have, always…

Click here to read more... Chris Espenshade : Fiction : Oct 2020

Chris Espenshade : Fiction : Oct 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Sunday mornings at our house it’s grits, red eye gravy, country ham, eggs over easy and buttermilk biscuits. (Please don’t tell my doctor.) I’ve walked 3 miles to a one room schoolhouse taught by an 18-year old girl with one year of business school and lots of…

Click here to read more... Pete Peterson : Fiction : Oct 2020

Pete Peterson : Fiction : Oct 2020