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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

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Honestly, I don’t really have a Southern Legitimacy Statement except to say my grandfather was born in Texas. He was orphaned at 3 (father was knifed in a barroom on stilts, mother died shortly after from a broken heart, although that’s hard to imagine), left home at…

Click here to read more... Corinne O’Shaughnessy : Memoir/Essay : March 2020

Corinne O’Shaughnessy : Memoir/Essay : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: This work focuses on my relationship with my father and meat, and it takes place in the polarized city: Houston, Texas. Houston is my birth place as well as my homeland. I remained in the South for my undergraduate education at Elon University in North Carolina. Eating…

Click here to read more... Victoria Bond: Memoir/Essay : March 2020

Victoria Bond: Memoir/Essay : 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: Although I was born at home in the hills of Kentucky like a true hillbilly, I did not belong. My parents were back-to-the-land hippies from New York and Massachusetts – art students looking to make the world a better place by farming it without pesticides – and…

Click here to read more... Dorothy Neagle: Memoir : March 2020

Dorothy Neagle: Memoir : March 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My Pap was named after the family’s most stubborn mule: Bud. He went by Bud all his life. THREE POEMS Shelter My cat won’t let me hug her, and now I know how my aunt feels when she gets to pettin’ on me, a grown man. Our…

Click here to read more... Seth Grindstaff : Poetry : March 2020

Seth Grindstaff : Poetry : 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 Some writers question the right of Texans to claim they are part of the South. I claim that right because only a southerner would write about grandmothers who warn their grand children to not go into the one stall in the bathroom because only “coloreds” go there….

Click here to read more... Donna Walker-Nixon : Poetry : February 2020

Donna Walker-Nixon : Poetry : 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

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement:  Drive east from Southern California and you’ll eventually run out of road. That’s when I knew I was in “the South,” where I could disappear, and the real me could burst forth! Wallpapering bathrooms for a housing contractor. Working in a Timex factory. Thinking of stories that…

Click here to read more... Jenean McBrearty: Essay : February 2020

Jenean McBrearty: Essay : 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

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

I am a professional dirt bag and failed Independent Fundamentalist Baptist who grew up in the oil fields of west Texas. I am also poet, writer, educator, translator, and activist. My work has been published in English and Spanish and has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Catapult, Cimarron Review, Willow Springs, Guernica,…

Click here to read more... Abigail Carl-Klassen : Essay/Memoir : February 2020

Abigail Carl-Klassen : Essay/Memoir : February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Gainesville, Georgia, and raised in Flowery Branch with a Southern-Belle attitude to prove it. At my granny’s house, gossip may as well be a side dish during Sunday lunch. When I am not writing poetry, you can find me quoting Flannery O’Connor and Eudora…

Click here to read more... Brittany J. Barron: Poetry : February 2020

Brittany J. Barron: Poetry : February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: crawl of the Mississippi Delta, Heath has emerged as a contemporary poetic voice. He has been published in numerous literary journals for both poetry and fiction. He resides in the country just north of the southern roads he once called home. Southern Virtues I ride through the…

Click here to read more... Heath Bowen : Poetry : February 2020

Heath Bowen : Poetry : 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

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised south of Interstate 10 to a mother named Juanita, who was born and raised in the Appalachians, in Blacksburg, Virginia. I am distantly related to Addison Caldwell, the first cadet at Virginia Tech in the 1860s. My uncles Harlan and Clarence had…

Click here to read more... John Rickmon : Three Poems from North Florida : Poetry: February 2020

John Rickmon : Three Poems from North Florida : Poetry: February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m so Southern, my Ancestry profile predicted my relationship with my stepmother to be a 5th-8th cousin. Does the shared DNA make me uncomfortable? Nope. It makes me an Alabamian. Divinity We’re up with the birds, the ladies and I, ready to caravan on down the road….

Click here to read more... Sheree Shatsky: Fiction : February 2020

Sheree Shatsky: Fiction : February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m full up with Southern. Grew up in Arkansas, right on the Oklahoma border, lived in South Carolina, North Carolina and now here in the Dismal Swamp. I may change the names to protect the folks whose feelings get hurt, but I always write the truth as…

Click here to read more... Deborah Heinold : Fiction : February 2020

Deborah Heinold : Fiction : February 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was drawn to Dead Mule for its deep investment in carrying on the tradition of that dense humid- backcountry writing made visible by Faulkner and O’ Connor and Toomer. Two Poems Backwater Prayer for John Today, like every day, I feel nicotine shooting through me. I…

Click here to read more... Corbin Louis : Poetry : January 2020

Corbin Louis : Poetry : January 2020