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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

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Literacy statement: I am a spinster with a Bible and a gun who grew up reading Fannie Flagg, Jerry Clower and Lewis Grizzard. I have seen a squirrel get loose in a Baptist church. I have ridden a mule in Bonifay, Florida. Please do not hold my disdain for…

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Allison Chestnut: Queen For a Day (memoir) Dec. 2018

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

I’ve published with you a couple of times, but I don’t mind updating my SOUTHERN Legit statement. I identify weeds, mushrooms, trees, bugs, and wildflowers. I’m fond of dwarf irises, rue anenomes, foam flowers and, of course, hen of the woods. I know that mullberries and black locusts will take…

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Geoff Balme : Quadrophenia (memoir) Dec. 2018

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

My Southern Legitimacy is in evidence when I tell you that yesterday I wore a dress and stockings to attend a ladies’ tea party where we drank champagne all afternoon. Most of the ladies are aging exotic dancers, and had the shoes to prove it. It was delightful. Airline Lost…

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Marijean Oldham : Airline Lost and Found (memoir) Dec. 2018

Posted in Poetry

“12th of February, waiting on spring” February night the color of jackdaws the color of sleep under blankets the taste of dreams. Names are lost faces blurry and puffy like bad teeth in photos from another age. War again. Peace was the last bit of silver, a touch of sun….

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Travis Stephens: Two Poems Dec. 2018

Posted in Poetry

The Southern legitimacy statement: I was raised by jackalopes. Among them were Jim Boatwright, Liz Morgan, and Dabney Stuart. Floyd A pregnant spider twists on the end of her line her web breaks my cigarette’s smoke into a hundred pieces smell of grilled pork caresses my face father-in-law smokes over…

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Robert Beveridge : Three Poems 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

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in North Carolina, within six miles of the land where my ancestor settled in the 1700s. Lacking frequent snow fall as children, my siblings, cousins, and I improvised. We used dried horse manure in our game, guard the fort. We lobbed these so-called horse apples…

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Lynda Black: Love Lesson #6 – Room At The Inn (essay/memoir) 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

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’ve lived in Oklahoma almost my whole life. People who know nothing sometimes call Oklahoma the “Midwest,” but we say y’all here and eat gravy and know the importance of good manners, so every good Okie is a Southerner. Also, my momma made us promise that when she…

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Brandon Burris: Next Door (essay) Nov. 2018

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in Chicago with maternal grandparents, who went back to the drawing board for childcare, probably saved me from a stint in Joliet. Mom was a “wild-child” in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Nana solved that by hiring two strong-willed black nannies from the South. Miss Roberta…

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Philip Boddy, Jr.: Ecumenical Challenges (Memoir) 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

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m an ex-pat from Seattle and still miss the mind-your-own-business culture of my home and never, ever get used to waving to strangers or to tucking in my polo. But there is an honor and a history and a courtesy in the South that is noble and heartwarming….

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Dennis Mitton: One By One. Each In Turn. Sans One. (essay/memoir) 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

Posted in Fiction

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

Posted in Interviews / Books / Music

Valeria Vose, a Novel by Alice Bingham Gorman Published by She Writes Press, Berkeley, CA October 2018 “Time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome“–Derek Walcott Thus begins Alice Gorman‘s “Valeria…

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Valeria Vose by Alice Bingham Gorman (a book discussion) 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

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m a debutant, a beachcomber, and a native of South Carolina. The place of my most vivid memories was my grandmother’s farm — shucking corn, snapping beans, and hand-churning peach ice cream. Daddy’s Home It’s 5:00 and today, like every day, Mom is in the kitchen cooking dinner….

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Meredith Baker: Daddy’s Home (memoir) Oct 2018

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Now retired, I devoted the past thirty-six years teaching at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. But I was born in Johnston County, raised in Burlington, responded to frequent calls from Emerald Isle, the lower island of the Outer Banks, to relax, and have known North Carolina as…

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Dwight Watson: Zero Degree Gravity (memoir) 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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Due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, we must direct our attention elsewhere (from the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature) for a few weeks. October is finally online. What a mess everywhere. It’s about clean dup now — so very sorry for the inconvenience. Eastern NC is really a mess….

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Hurricane Florence update