Reviewing the Mule

We’re starting out 2019 early with a new format style on the Dead Mule. January is going to be a bit tough to get online but we’ll do it! If you notice any changes that “don’t look or work right” please let us know on our Facebook page.

We’ve been scouring the Library of Congress website for great photos.¬†

In Submittable, we’re having trouble with the calendar. Our bad, not theirs. Please bear with us as we wrestle with our difficulties and if you are scheduled for January and don’t appear on the Mule by the 5th of the month, please let us know on the aforementioned Facebook page. Or you can contact us via your submission on Submittable.

Life with the Mule has been very rewarding. Yes, we have truly been online since 1996. We feel this gives us a certain air of distinction. We love our Southern Legitimacy Statements and feel that they, alone, would make for a wonderful website. We’re going to try to read through some of the best and brightest and publish a “category” of Southern Legitimacy Statements. You’ll love it!

Onward and upward. Please enjoy the December 2018 issue of the Mule and read our archives. There’s some swell stuff in here!

Valerie MacEwan
C. L. Bledsoe
Assistant Editor

Hurricane Florence update

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. Lost our HVAC and duct work, as did much of eastern NC. The hot water heater took a hit too, as it was in the garage that received over four feet of water. Yall can’t imagine what a hellscape this flooding has imposed on our beautiful little town.

Behind our house.

New Mule on the Third

The September issue of the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature will be available by September 3, 2018. We might get it online sooner but we wanted yall to know we’re running behind this month. We’ll feature writing by: Victoria J. Ashford, Maggie Hess, Donna Walker-Nixon, Brian Frazier, Elodie Pritchartt, Andrew Miller, and Trevor Almy.

Be ready for literature at its finest!

Ho!! September is calling.

Past Mules

Visited the WayBack Machine on and found this from 2002. We’d just begun rebuilding the Dead Mule. The Mule’s been revived three times in the last 22 years. She always rises from the dead, somehow. Lots of databases, lots of writers.

Thought this list of past writers might be interesting … anybody still out there? I recall so many of these names.

This summer, look for Fiction, Essays, and more CounterWord by:
Vernon Welman
Ed Lynskey
Wayne Scheer
A. White
D. R. Peak
Lamar White
Lewis D. Chaney
David Lawson
Celia McClinton
Louella Bryant
Alfred G. Lapitino
Todd Morehead
David Ritchie
Scot Isom
Dave Malone
Mike Powers
J. F. Moore
Jeff Martindale
James Tynes
Charles Davis
and more…
Poetry Blast Featuring:
J. D. Heskin
Susan K. Rowse
J. F. Moore
Micah Holstrom
Dyan Sandefer
Don Whitmer
Tony Doyle
Beverly Jackson
Brian Brown
Gerald Bosacker
Louella Bryant
Pris Campbell
Carter Monroe
C. Nolan Deweese
Eric Hudson
Jeff Kersh
Tim Peeler
Marion Rosser
Shelly Reed
Daniel Hoda-Shook
Kathryn Perry Blue
Thomas Fortenberry


Your guide to summer reading? Start with the Dead Mule!

June is soon to be busting out all over and no where more fun than here on the Mule. We’ve got essays! We’ve got poetry! We’ve got your flash fiction and your long fiction, even some great memoirs. There’s just no excuse, nothing to stop you from sitting here and reading your way through all this goodness. We are best, have been for 22 years and we intend to keep on keeping on.

Welcome to May and get ready for June. Read May … it’ll get you set up for our spectacular June.

Everyone wants to be in the Dead Mule. We’ve already accepted writing through DECEMBER 2018 but if you’re willing to be part of 2019, submit now. BUT remember, we do publish on a whim, like today — we added two pieces to June right here out of the blue on account they needed to be published sooner than later. You take a chance, yup you do, when you submit. You can roll the dice and hope for now or you can accept that it’s going to be 2019 but it’ll be worth the wait.

Honestly, yall, can you believe it? We have a dozen pieces published every month and we’re full up for 2018. That’s a mule load of writing. Thank you to all of our writers. * We use submittable for our submission process. See above…

Val MacEwan

Editor/publisher of this great Mule