The Dead Mule speaks in many voices. Mule Essays lead the mind into myriad swamps of distant memories or new ideas covered in eloquent jargon and folksy rough and rowdy ways. We’ve decided to feature Memoirs as a stand-alone section and we’re always looking for new voices. Send us your thoughts, your memories, your narratives (see synonyms below), your autobiographies — what it was to be you, what it is to be you … we’re reading and we’re forever listening. We have recently been apprised of an organization for you, the Memoirist.
CL Bledsoe and I (Valerie MacEwan) hope to engage the reader with tales of our own past as well as publishing the memoirs of other Mule writers. We’re starting off the Memoir Series with three short pieces by Bledsoe about growing up in eastern Arkansas. Oddly enough, fate would have it that I too grew up in Arkansas, on the western edge. We sure are partial to Arkansas memories but any well-written memoir will be read with the same amount of interest and due diligence. Fear not! We are the fairest editors in the land. Send us your poor words, your huddling clauses yearning to be free
We suggest you review the website PersonalHistorians.org and perhaps, join the Association of Personal Historians. (I did.) Kinda’ cool, eh? Hone your skills on the Dead Mule — submit something today, go to the submissions page for more information.
Send us your memories.
plural noun: memoirs
a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge or special sources.
“in 1924 she published a short memoir of her husband”
You’ll find the statements at the forefront of the “writing”, be it poetry, short story, flash fiction or essay. These statements are the heart and soul of the Dead Mule. Enjoy! They are the Southern Legitimacy Statements required of every contributor.
We’re slowly editing the writing, some of the text is still fubarred but don’t let that stop you from reading. We have 20 years of database entries to recover — this Mule is worth the effort. We hope you’ll agree it is worth the wait.