Warren Hines: The Thing About Dancers in Buenos Aires… (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in a decaying town in the Mississippi Delta as an attorney’s son with riverboat captain uncles who treasure few worldly pleasures more than whiskey and a good story. The ThingRead more

Christopher Allen: Father-Son Activity (short fiction)

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement:  I was raised “in town,” which means Nashville, but my mother’s family comes from Bell Buckle, which is near Hatchet Holler where my mother was born (she says “borned”) in aRead more

Ted Harrison: Pop and Water Oaks (short fiction)

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MY SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT I am a born and bred North Carolinian.  My life has included having my pictured made with Al “Lash” LaRue at the State Theatre in Salisbury.  I met Andy Griffith and evenRead more

Bobbi Lynn Neely: The Strength of An Illusion (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: First… her name is Bobbi Lynn. I mean, really. Bobbi Lynn was born and raised in The Carolinas. She grew up in a small town where her school principal often commented publiclyRead more

Jean Yeager: The Invisibles Are Back (memoir)

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The Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in San Antonio, TX but now live in VT. “You can take the Texan out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of the Texan.” The Invisibles Are BackRead more

Rick Hoffman: Be Good for Goodness’ Sake (short fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a transplanted person. I live in the Northeast, but I was raised in Mississippi and Louisiana, and I visit the South Carolina Lowcountry twice a year. I cannot quit theRead more

Carrie Martin: Tuesday Afternoon (short fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in TN, but have made the Southern circuit. I currently reside in Greenville, SC. Tuesday Afternoon “We gotta git the house ready for visitors,” she stated, matterRead more

Michael Black: Chaiwalla (essay)

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement is as follows: I’m a proud Arkansan even with it hurts to be, and I’ve found hill people and southern charm around the world. Biscuits aren’t always fluffy, but you know whenRead more

Cormac McShane: Ruin (short fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My Southern-ness is complex, and split between pride and shame. My mother is from Virginia, and a descendant of the Prestons who came over in the early eighteenth-century. Smithfield Plantation near BlacksburgRead more

Cecil Geary: Bicycle Paths (short fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  I was raised in central Kentucky, southern Indiana, and southern California. My relatives first came to Kentucky from Virginia in 1800. I usually write humorous stories about the folks I knew inRead more

Bill Prince: Fat Women Walking (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Earnest and I were bird hunting around the back cornfield near the property line a the dairy we were hunting, when Joe, Earnest’s pointer spooked up a bunch of buzzards. Didn’t know theRead more

Patrick Metoyer: Poetry!

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Southern Legitimacy Statement river town sleepy town cajuncreole spicy foods filé gumbo sultry air pop guns china berry trees joie de vivre laissez bon temps rouler Amen Bless, O Lord, this food we eat Fiber,Read more

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