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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 As a native southerner and recovering Alabamian, I understand that we are definitely NOT living in a “Post-Racial” era. We have never spent enough time repairing the damage hundreds of years of slavery and discrimination have done to our collective psyches to be able to boast, honestly,…

Click here to read more... Terry Barr: Essay: Oct 2021

Terry Barr: Essay: Oct 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Oklahoma with sausage gravy and biscuits and grits. My paternal ancestors were removed from Georgia and Tennessee through the Trail of Tears. My family lived on their allotments in the Going Snake District in Indian Territory. My grandmother’s land was sold…

Click here to read more... Shelley Nation-Watson: Poetry : Oct 2021

Shelley Nation-Watson: Poetry : 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 grew up in the Ohio River Valley, more specifically Southern Indiana, the South of the Midwest. My town bordered Kentucky so we argued about Hoosier and Bluegrass basketball while eating brain sandwiches, a regional deep-fried treat. We also ate vegetarian meals such as corn on the…

Click here to read more... Daniel Melchior Jr: Memoir: Sept 2021

Daniel Melchior Jr: Memoir: 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: I was born in Vidalia, Georgia, but I now reside in Valdosta, Georgia, moving from onions into the swampy landscape to study Creative Writing at Valdosta State University. Though my accent may not show it, I am a Southern native who enjoys going barefoot and drinking sweet…

Click here to read more... Lydia Yawn: Poetry: Sept 2021

Lydia Yawn: Poetry: Sept 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Having been blessed and honored to have appeared previously in the Mule, I’d proudly hang my southern legitimacy on that fact alone. However, if you need more, let me just point out that when you grow up in a small town anywhere south, Jesus is just about…

Click here to read more... Gary Carter: Poetry: Sept 2021

Gary Carter: Poetry: 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: I live in Virginia, have lived here for 35 years. I know it’s in the South, but I didn’t recognize that at first. I thought the South was where I grew up—in New Orleans, in Louisiana, in an Italian family with a corner store. I trace back…

Click here to read more... Dennis Ferrara: Poetry: Sept 2021

Dennis Ferrara: Poetry: 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: Native to Virginia and long-resident in Georgia, I’m as Southern as Southern can be. (Let’s not talk about the seven-year stretch in New Jersey.) A prominent Mid-Western poet once told me during a workshop, “I could listen to you read the phone book.” Flatware, USA If you…

Click here to read more... Jane Blanchard: Poetry: Sept. 2021

Jane Blanchard: Poetry: Sept. 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My father’s family were Appalachian farmers from Letcher County, KY and my mother’s were German Jews who ran a kosher deli on Beale Street in Memphis. I live in a remote fold of the NC mountains now. I still talk slow, still love my mother’s home-baked challah,…

Click here to read more... Lisa Creech Bledsoe: Poetry: Sept. 2021

Lisa Creech Bledsoe: Poetry: Sept. 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born and raised in North Carolina to parents graciously welcomed by the South, I have a strange kind of Southern legitimacy. My roots and birth certificate proclaim me as native, but my family’s heritage says otherwise. This reality is one that I can never seem to outrun….

Click here to read more... Ryan Vale McGonigle: Memoir: Sept. 2021

Ryan Vale McGonigle: Memoir: Sept. 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Mike Horan was raised in the South but now makes his home in the desert outside Palm Springs, California. Landscape I get up while it’s still darkHave toOver 100 before eight a.m.The summer usualBut I need to get outside andmove around the neighborhoodmy space before locking myself in…

Click here to read more... Mike Horan: Poetry: Sept. 2021

Mike Horan: Poetry: Sept. 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in the North, to two Southern parents, finally returning to the South, to the peninsula inhabited for several centuries by my mother’s people in my tenth year. My hands have quick caught green anoles; felt the mix of sandy black soil under my running…

Click here to read more... Ashley Kemker: Essay: Sept. 2021

Ashley Kemker: Essay: 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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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in Virginia though the important years happened in North Carolina, now I live in Hanoi, which though considered the north here is still farther south than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. Summer Portrait Nasturtiums and deflated, purple balloon flowers.Wild tiger lilies orange and defiant the…

Click here to read more... Christopher Louvet: Poetry : August 2021

Christopher Louvet: Poetry : August 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 Memphian, currently living just outside Jacksonville, Florida. Ohio She is all about living large, She, with a capital S.Living large is easy when you’ve never worked.Working sooner or later makes you feel small. Itgrinds you down, tears you up; we all go into themeat grinder,…

Click here to read more... David Lohrey: Poetry: August 2021

David Lohrey: Poetry: August 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am originally from Dickson, TN… yes Dickson, a town with no Starbucks or Target. I’m now living on the river in Nashville, TN. So Suddenly Mortal I dreamt I was old and nowthe waking hours seem sharperlike broken shells on a patch of sandmy feet have…

Click here to read more... Chelsea Logan: Poetry: August 2021

Chelsea Logan: Poetry: August 2021