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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….

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Hurricane Florence update

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: You can tell I’m from the South since I am obsessed with telling stories about about my parents and grandparents so that my nieces and nephews will at least have an idea of things that shaped the lives of my sisters and me. Death Comes for Yertle Steven…

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Donna Walker-Nixon: Death Comes for Yertle (short fiction) Sept 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My father was from Meridian, MS, my mother from Phenix, VA, but I was raised in the West. Yet, thanks to my serving in the United States Air Force, I was continuously moved east and south of I-10. I meandered through Texas, Mississippi, and north Florida, until…

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Victoria J. Ashford: Simple Things (short fiction) Sept 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Michigan, lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky, then spent 25 years in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and am now in Florida. I love the south: its people, weather, food, culture, and music. Stone Wall We figured there was a problem when we saw Granny…

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Andrew Miller: Stone Wall (micro-fiction) Sept 2018

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born by the river — the Mississippi River, that is, and in its oldest city, Natchez. I and my family are Southern Gothic with the humidity to prove it. We’ve got suicides, antebellum homes, wealth, poverty, slaves, violence, heartbreak, snakes, armadillos, dogs, cats and enough guilt…

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Elodie Pritchartt: A Hollow Space (Essay) Sept 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: already proved myself Southern once on here. I forget how. Perhaps I showed a picture of my laundry hanging in the sunshine. 🙂 I am proud to live in Bristol Tennessee, just a notch south of Bristol, Virginia. I’d probably be equally happy to live on the other…

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Maggie Hess: Hoodwinked Vignettes Part 2 (fiction) Sept 2018

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: The Fraziers come from the Kentucky Hills with a history of fixing cars and women’s hair. My grandpa, or Pa, distilled corn liquor and raised chickens. My Papa bought and sold cars from Fancy Farm all the way up to Detroit. He visited every poolhall on the…

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Brian Frazier: One Call (flash fiction)

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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,…

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New Mule on the Third

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Pliny was a Roman statesman who lived about the time of Christ. He was also a naturalist and that is how I came to be acquainted with his writings. “Robur the oak,” is one of his lines. It is what he called the common oak of the Roman…

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Eric Luthi: Waffles and Bacon (Fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: North Carolinian by birth. Raised on about ten acres of land where I roamed as a kid with a coonskin hat and Red Ryder BB gun, imagining myself to be Davy Crockett — all thanks to Fess Parker. Grew up on Elvis music. Graduated from Western Carolina University….

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Brodie Lowe: Saddling (fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Though I live in Iowa, I know a lot of men around here who inexplicably speak in a southern accent. In fact, it was a man like that who inspired the story I am submitting to you. Moreover, my wife is from Arkansas, and we visit once a…

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Nick Bertelson: It Says Something about a Man (fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I live in Virginia, along with most of my family. Special Delivery The year was 1995.  The internet was still brand new, and cell phones hadn’t become mainstream.  Social media had yet to make people antisocial, and fake news was limited to the tabloid section at the grocery…

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Phillip Hall: Special Delivery (Short Fiction)

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I knew I’d best get in the mail before I got dressed for Mama’s funeral.  Sand burrs and beggar lice spank my Converse hightops as I wade through knee-high ditch weeds to get to Mama’s mailbox. They’re clinging to my legs like my lonely cousin Richie used to do when…

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Valerie MacEwan: Local Girls Finds Glory (short fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was raised in central Kentucky, southern Indiana, and southern California. The events in this story happened a long time ago, at the end of a war that few remember. An Early Death Robert sat next to his mother on the hard leather seat of the railroad…

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Cecil Geary: An Early Death (fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: What on earth is a “Southern Legitimacy Statement” ??? I”m only typing in this box because it’s required. *ah ha! Someone didn’t pay attention to the directions, Ed. A Man Named Karen Karen’s name had never really bothered him. He knew that eventually it wouldn’t be that interesting…

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Joshua Caleb Wilson: A Man Named Karen (fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: In 2004, after living in Savannah, Georgia, for three years, a stray dog wandered into my front yard. I guided him to the back yard by his blue collar. My other half printed out “Found Dog” posters and tacked them onto neighborhood street signs. No one called….

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Deanna Benjamin: Pleiades (essay/memoir)

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Southern Literacy Statement:  I’m a fifth generation East Tennessean. I’ve cleared fields, dug post holes, chopped wood, and hauled hay. Had a beagle named Clyde that wadn’t worth a damn. As a teen I worked at the local AM country radio station which was housed in a trailer where I…

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Jake W. Ford: A Fear All Her Own (flash fiction)

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT: Born and raised in Caldwell County, North Carolina, I have lived in the Old North State most of my life (except for two soggy years in Oregon – what was I thinking?). I am the youngest of three sisters raised in our Mama’s beauty shop, which was…

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Daun Daemon: Good Customers (fiction)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement (one of the best ever): After we moved to the burbs off the farm in Down East North Carolina, my Daddy wanted to make sure his boys didn’t forget our roots. So one summer when I was thirteen or fourteen he announced he’d found jobs just outside town…

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Michael Wade: Collard Heaven (Fiction)

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Visited the WayBack Machine on Archives.org 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…

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Past Mules

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“I’d never had a broken heart and didn’t understand the difference between what you feel and what you have to do.”  The novel, Mourning Dove embraces an enduring story of the 1970s American South and holds onto it with a such precision — dialogs so rare and unique that you want…

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Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton (a novel)

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in a small town in South Carolina among the rivers and pines and sandy dirt roads. My mother, a French Huguenot from Charleston, SC, taught me that we have the ocean in our blood and pluff mud in our souls. The water with which…

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Elizabeth Pesant: Step and Do Not Step (memoir)