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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Alrighty, then. Native North Carolinian, former bartender / caterer / chef, middle child of a small-town veterinarian and a home economist extraordinaire. Know the heady joy of running behind the mosquito-spray truck on a sticky summer night, and that there are some mosquitoes that could down shots of…

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Amy Parker: Feeding the Gods of Vacation Karma (memoir)

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And here’s my Southern Legitimacy Statement:  Luisa was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Roll Tide! On her Mother’s side her family has been in Alabama since before Alabama became a state. Her Mother was actually living in Mexico City when she was expecting, but she made sure she returned to Alabama…

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Luisa Kay Reyes: Closets (Memoir)

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Southern Ohio, where driving forty five minutes one way puts you in West Virginia and thirty five minutes the other way puts you in Kentucky. I was raised by good, god fearing Kentucky folk who…

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Tammy Tolbert: Apples (Essay/Memoir)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement : Upon graduation from college in 1984, I sweated my way through basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. After earning the title of U.S. Marine, I was permanently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station – Beaufort, South Carolina. That four-year stint was an education in itself….

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Billy Malanga: Salt Marsh (Memoir/Essay)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am from Bristol, Virginia, a city that borders Tennessee and is “A good place to live” (so says a sign on the border). I lived on a 10-acre farm for most of my life, and now I go to college in Bluefield, Virginia (another split southern city)….

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Kate Dolinger: The Ceremony of Acknowledgment (memoir/essay)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Though Claire Fullerton resides in Southern California, she considers herself a Southern writer. Having been reared in Memphis, she’ll be the first to tell you that you can take the girl out of the South, but never the South from the soul. Visiting Como, Mississippi I recently travelled…

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Claire Fullerton: Visiting Como, MS (essay/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 Thing About Dancers in Buenos Aires… Sitting in a café downtown Buenos Aires, the late-summer air…

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Warren Hines: The Thing About Dancers in Buenos Aires… (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 publicly on how well those Neely kids did in school considering their parents worked in textiles….

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Bobbi Lynn Neely: The Strength of An Illusion (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 Back It’s June. The invisibles are back and they have made our garden verdant. The Forget Me Nots are…

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Jean Yeager: The Invisibles Are Back (memoir)

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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 when you’ve eaten one. To add to that statement, and in defense of the subject of…

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Michael Black: Chaiwalla (essay)

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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 the significance then but this was to be my encounter with a dead mule. How the…

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Bill Prince: Fat Women Walking (memoir)

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Southern Ohio, where driving forty five minutes one way puts you in West Virginia and thirty five minutes the other way puts you in Kentucky. I was raised by good, god fearing Kentucky folk who…

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T. K. Tolbert: Miss Geneva (an essay)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a proud Southerner from Memphis, Tennessee, who now lives in Southern California, which makes me all the more Southern, for I am now a Southern ambassador. As a bona fide representative of the South, I am intent upon preserving her lyrical language, her hospitable manners, and…

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Claire Fullerton: How Does One Become a Writer

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My Southern Statement is as follows:  Luisa Kay Reyes was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Roll Tide! Her mother wanted to be sure she was born in the South, so even though she was living in Mexico while she was expecting, she wanted to be sure her children could rightfully claim…

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Luisa Reyes: “Thank You” — Our Memoir Writing First Place Winner

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Southern Legitimacy Statement (a story in its own right) I was born Paul Andrew Fogle in Norfolk VA and grew up in Virginia Beach, and as far back as I know all but 2 threads of my family in the U.S. are from either Virginia or Mississippi: my paternal great…

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Andy Fogle: “Edward” First Place Winner in April Memoir Contest (it’s a tie!)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: As a boy raised in Alabama, I was raised to believe that all people were equal, that George Wallace was a lunatic, that Alabama football should always best Auburn football, and that my Daddy didn’t have to go to church with the rest of us (turns out,…

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Terry Barr: Fit-Pitching in the Age of Trump

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Another in our Series of Memoirs by Mule editor CL Bledsoe. Read on, my mule readers … read on. Feeding the Fish My Dad woke up, and woke me, before the sun, which is something I’ve never forgiven him for. He’d sit in the kitchen, slurping his coffee and reading…

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CL Bledsoe: Feeding the Fish

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 Southern Legitimacy Statement:  I have appeared in your publication, spent a recent vacation in NC, read in NC, worked in Tennessee for a short time. The Day I Grew Up I was fighting it all the way, wearing knickers, me, twelve going on thirty it felt some days, dreams about Ginnie…

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Tom Sheehan: The Day I Grew Up

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Eve’s poetry can be found here on the Dead Mule. Don’t Mess With Texas In sixth grade I started middle school.  I was terrified to go to Garner, my local public junior high, and I’d been bullied all throughout elementary school….

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Eve Lyons: Don’t Mess With Texas

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Another in our bi-weekly Series of Memoirs from Mule editor CL Bledsoe. His southern bona fides run deep, just read on… Waiting for the Miracle My home town was like this: (                                                                              ). Wynne had eight thousand people, a Wal Mart, some rice fields, and an overabundance of mosquitoes. There…

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CL Bledsoe: Waiting for the Miracle

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Southern Legitimacy Statement I come from Memphis. I claim ownership to her nuances, which I wear like a badge of honor. And it’s not so much that I come from Memphis as I come from her ways and means. There’s something about that low-slung city on the Mississippi River that…

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Claire Fullerton: Whistlin’ Dixie

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: As for my southern legitimacy statement, here it goes. I grew up in Mineral Wells, Texas where my mother sold rattlesnakes that had been frozen and subsequently fashioned into paperweights. Nothing could put a smile on her face like a big bag of vipers! Also, my aunt and…

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Michelle Brooks: All Women Are Bunnies