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This report was written by a particularly astute carpenter ant named Cindi camponotus. I let her use my computer at night in exchange for the promise that she and her 200,000 sisters will not eat my house. Cindi can push down one key at a time, but not while also…

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Tony Picardi: treason (February 2019)

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Southern Legitimacy Vital Statistics of Rhys Beleu Born: rural Texas Raised: Rich White Trash Religion: heathen Favorite Flags: Lone Star, Stars and Bars, Battle of Gonzales cannon “Come and take it” Principles to live by: 1. Never trust the government. 2. Cooking is a competitive sport. Never sacrifice taste for…

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Rhys Beleu: Larger Than Death (February 2019)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I once moved to Nebraska. This after 28 years of legitimate southern living in upstate South Carolina. For two cold hard Midwestern years, I shivered inside a corn farmer’s coat and dreamt of the day I’d come back South. Praise God: I don’t need to dream anymore….

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Dan Leach : My Dad vs. Your Dad Jan. 2019

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  Born in Dallas and raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas, I now reside on the coast of South Texas. My family traces their roots all the way to the founding of a county in Texas. Before that they came from the Duck River in Tennessee…

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Karen Tardiff: Down By The River (Jan 2019)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Stephen Hundley was raised on the Lincoln River, south of Savannah, Georgia. When the weather was right, you might have found him in a clawfoot tub on the porch. When the game warden wasn’t around, you might have found an alligator in the tub too. Stephen’s love…

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Stephen Hundley : Wake Up (Jan 2019)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: East Texas food figures prominently in my memory of childhood where I lived in Longview (and later in Dallas and Austin): cornpone, grits, collard greens, cornpone, fried chicken, the catfish and green jello at Luby’s Cafeteria, and of course the sweets like pralines and molasses candies. It’s no…

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June Rogers: Sweet and Tart :: Dec. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born and reared in Texas, but graduate schooled three years in Starkville, Mississippi, and spent three years teaching at LSU in Lafayette, Louisiana. Lived and wed a talented and sweet Cajun in Crowley, La. With mind and soul embedded in southern literature, my heart is Southern. Ned the…

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Jim Finley: Ned the Mule :: Dec. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Relative to this piece, I have run throughout the Southeast, for North Forsyth high school, the University of Virginia, and Wake Forest University. I raced Peachtree back when we thought 1,200 was an astounding number of competitors. I once placed second at the Tuckasegee River and Road Race,…

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Chris Espenshade : The Course of a Season (essay) Dec. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  When I was ten, eleven, twelve years old, I dreamed of moving up North to live in a garret and write novels–never knowing exactly what I’d write about, but it would be lofty. Fifty years later, I still live in the South, and I write about the…

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Donna Walker-Nixon : Straw Man (fiction) Dec. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My given name is Laura Ruth, and I am a sweet tea addict. I grew up in Woodruff, South Carolina–home of the Wolverines. I won a shagging contest in college at Clemson University, and, no shagging is the SC state dance–get your mind out of the gutter….

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Laurie Brown-Pressly : Jo’s Funeral (fiction) Dec. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I spent the first seven years of my life straddling the Sabine between southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas. Even though across my life I dotted the map in Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Mississippi, I kept circling back to the place I call home. My stories emerged…

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Monica Bellon-Harn : Piggly Wiggly (fiction) Dec. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Missouri, a border state, the site of a skirmish in the Civil War. I was raised in a county seat with a population of around 23,000, which doesn’t necessarily sound like a small town until I tell you that it was the biggest…

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Con Chapman: Hard Times (fiction) Nov. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in West Virginia and grew up in West Virginia and Kentucky. I remember when I was a child in West Virginia, running through the fields in the summer, stirring up grasshoppers and bumble bees, and catching lightening bugs at night, putting them in a jar…

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Charles S. Stover: The Slop Detail (micro-fiction) Nov. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: The house I lived in as a child had to be abandoned when my parents got divorced. It sat on 54 acres of land, every inch of which I walked as a young man, sometimes eating apples, other times smoking cigarettes while high on mescaline. That lovely…

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Sean Lyon: Momma’s Letter to Inmate (Fiction) Nov. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am certified in using a picket fence, rubber flooring, and duct tape to seal a bedroom for a Florida CAT4 hurricane before running inside to drink. My blood is now mostly orange juice, BBQ sauce, and a form of ethanol from bourbon and grit residue. Royal Blood…

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J. Edwards: Royal Blood (fiction) Nov. 2018

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Poor Men’s Currency I sat at the kitchen table with my mother while we watched through the large bay window waiting for my father’s return. The fire sizzled and popped loudly from the other room. I listened as my mother’s fingers tapped nervously on the wooden tabletop, the callouses from…

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Jessica Simpkiss: Poor Men’s Currency (fiction) Nov 2018

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November will be online by the 15th, our new publishing date each month. Yup, you got us right, we’ll start publishing the 15th through the 14th, new issues on the 15th. Make sense? Does to us. We’ll have new and wonderful and splendid writing every 15th. Got it? See you…

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November Issue coming soon — OOOPS 17th

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up on a farm in Lincoln County, NC– a farm too small to support a family, so my dad worked a forty-hour week in a furniture factory in addition to farming. I and my brothers and sisters hoed cotton, picked cotton, etc. Can’t get much more…

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Kermit Turner: Intrusion (micro-fiction) Oct 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in the Kentucky countryside. When we were kids, my brother and I ran across some poems by James Whitcomb Riley in an old discarded literature book. That book got knocked about in our house, but would turn up from time to time and we’d…

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Karan Freimark: Justice for Charlie (short fiction) Oct. 2018

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT I’ve lived in Louisiana for a handful of years, moving here to pursue my MFA at McNeese State University. In that time, I’ve tried no fewer than six different gas stations’ boudin (they always have the BEST boudin. My favorite: Nonc Kev’s in Rayne); done too many…

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Tyler Sheldon: The Clay (fiction) Oct. 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Indiana. If that is not southern enough for you, my Indiana relatives liked to call me “half breed” because my daddy came from Kentucky and married my Hoosier mama. We spent every summer near Sterns, Kentucky with the hillbilly side of the…

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Berta Morgan: Puppy Love (short fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: You can tell I’m from the South since I am obsessed with telling stories about about my parents and grandparents so that my nieces and nephews will at least have an idea of things that shaped the lives of my sisters and me. Death Comes for Yertle Steven…

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Donna Walker-Nixon: Death Comes for Yertle (short fiction) Sept 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My father was from Meridian, MS, my mother from Phenix, VA, but I was raised in the West. Yet, thanks to my serving in the United States Air Force, I was continuously moved east and south of I-10. I meandered through Texas, Mississippi, and north Florida, until…

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Victoria J. Ashford: Simple Things (short fiction) Sept 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Michigan, lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky, then spent 25 years in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and am now in Florida. I love the south: its people, weather, food, culture, and music. Stone Wall We figured there was a problem when we saw Granny…

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Andrew Miller: Stone Wall (micro-fiction) Sept 2018