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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in Richmond, VA, I’ve made it my forever home. My paternal grandpa was a waterman on the Chesapeake Bay, and to this day, I’m a seafood snob. I married an ex-Amishman to whom all things Southern have to be carefully explained. He doesn’t hold chairs for…

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Marsha Owens: Secret Gifts (memoir)

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Southern Legacy Statement: Being raised in the South means you have a certain perspective on things.  (Oh, I’m sure people from other parts of the country feel the same way, but stick with me here.)  I have visited Washington—the state and the District—nice places to be sure, but I am not…

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Ted Harrison: The Kincaid Boys In Search of Mistletoe (essay/memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  My name is Jay Edge and I’ve been drawing & writing ever since I remember. The thing I remember most as a kid in the NC piedmont was roaming the woods behind my grandparent’s home. I’d sew a sheath for my rusty machete and head out the…

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Jay Edge: Grandmother Ate Cornbread From a Glass of Milk (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born in the South she loves writing about misfits, screw ups, outlaws and people who generally don’t fit into nicely labeled boxes. The Way You Come to the Writing Life You think it’s all about write the words, write the words. But it’s really about get your mom…

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Lis Anna-Langston: The Way You Come To The Writing Life (memoir)

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In 1990, at a public lecture series on art in Los Angeles, three out of five leading urban planners agreed that they hoped someday L.A. would look like the film Blade Runner (1982. Beginning discussions in this essay refer to the original film and not the current Blade Runner 2049…

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Alexandra Melnick: Blade Running In the South (essay)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in several parts of the South. For starters, I was born in Big D, and then my family moved to the panhandle of Texas, where there are more oil pumps and canyons than trees. Spent Friday nights eating Frito pies at the football field, and…

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Blake Kilgore: Inspection (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: (In Faulknerian style) I was born in LA (Lower Alabama) rural Escambia County, Alabama (near the state line) right above Escambia County, Florida, (who spends its whole life trying to be Escambia County, Alabama), and raised in a rambling old near bout never painted, decomposing house built by…

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Karl Kirkland: “Count No Count” and “No Show Jones”: The Very Best of the Southern Gothic Tradition (essay)

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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…

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Michele Davis: You Just Never Know: The True Story of Sol Peska (essay)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement:  I was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee named Jefferson City. A daughter of a self-proclaimed “Tennessee Hillbilly,” I can shoot a gun and ride a horse, all while eating cornbread soaked in milk. Sleeping I was 18 when I saw someone receive CPR for…

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Jacquelyn L. M. Scott: Sleeping (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. Taranaki Surf Camp “Would ya’ll like to smoke a joint? I’ve got a little weed if any…

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Warren Hines: Taranaki Surf Camp (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a sixth generation Texan and proud of it. I am not proud of the current set of Texas’ elected representatives. I believe anyone who does not believe that grits are a gourmet food choice has a major character flaw. White Tee Shirts I didn’t know…

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JoAnn Williams: White Tee Shirts (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in the North Carolina Piedmont from the seventh grade through college. I was fully immersed in classic Southern pursuits including hunting just about everything, fishing, trapping muskrats, frog-gigging, arrowhead collecting, and high-speed, dirt-road driving. Chasing the Wrong Scent In my neighborhood, most evenings found…

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Chris Epenshade: Chasing the Wrong Scent (essay)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Missouri, whose Southern statehood led to the civil war, regardless of whether or not modern Missourians consider themselves Southerners. Missouri and I are the middle children of our respective families: often overlooked but still legitimate. I was also lucky enough to be…

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Helen Wurthmann: Forbidden (essay)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: This is a story about New York Yankee children listening to their Southern parents’ same old argument about their burial sites in the South. As you say, the South has all answers to all arguments… The Burial “I want you girls to dig up your father.” My mother’s…

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Joan Baker: The Burial (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am as Southern as grits, biscuits, and gravy, having the double blessing of being brought into this world in the great state of Georgia (Atlanta to be precise) and having my raising in the Volunteer State of Tennessee. I have been educated here and have worked here…

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Amanda Pugh: It’s a Southern Thing (memoir – festivals)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in wildly wonderful state of West Virginia and have appreciated being uniquely southern my entire life. From music to food West Virginia is rich with Southern culture. The Books I Never Read 1 I loved lying at the opposite end of my bed when my…

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Sarah Canterbury: The Books I Never Read (Memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Panola County, Mississippi, (where SEC affiliations are handed out as birthrights) to parents from towns named Tocowa and Blackjack. They decided to split the difference and raise me in a town called Pope (population 242) where putting pennies on the railroad tracks, catching…

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Mary Wiygul: Life Lessons (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’ve lived in Arkansas over 15 years, so I’m feeling Southern. The Family Mantra My father bawled one night, wailed just like the pansy he said my brother was when he cried. He didn’t punch holes in the wall, throw chairs through the windows, or kick our bodies…

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Diane Payne: The Family Mantra (memoirs)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Wendy Reed is an Emmy-winning writer and public tv producer, who teaches in the Honors College at the University of Alabama. Her books include Accidental Memoir: How I Killed Someone and Other stories and All Out of Faith and Circling Faith. True Condition is based on an historical…

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Wendy Reed: True Condition (Essay)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: “Almost half of my life has been spent in the South. I’ve lived in Boston, Paris, and a few other places as well. I call Austin, TX home now.” Cutie Patootie I fell in love with him the moment he said he could ride a unicycle backwards and…

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John Chavers: Cutie Patootie (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’ve lived in Virginia for the past seven, going on eight years. My blood and kin are northern, but my pace is a good bit more southerly. *This was originally published in April 2017 and is republished today, Aug. 16, 2017 since the internets gobbled up the April…

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Tony Mancus: Hair Shirt (memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am from Orangeburg, SC and once fell off the open tailgate of a pickup truck because I was standing up when my uncle took off. We were looking for my cousin Mary Ann’s pet cow, Lady Byrd, that had run off. The Gift “But I don’t…

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Meredith Baker: The Gift (memoir)