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"No good Southern fiction is complete without a dead mule." --Valerie MacEwan, 1996

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Jessica Simpkiss: Moon’s Truth ( short fiction)

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:18:30 +0000

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Despite being born in Sin City, I was raised on I-95, traveling and living in all the states between the Mason Dixon Line and the Florida Everglades, always finding home in a

Happy New Year to our Mule Readers

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:00:29 +0000

This year, 2018 (duh) promises to be an extraordinary one for the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. We’re seeing many of our promising talented writers turn into NOVELISTS right before our very eyes. Look

Chris Espenshade : One Many Casting: Fishing for Blues (memoir/essay)

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:51:20 +0000

Southern Legitimacy Statement: From the 7th grade through college, I lived in the North Carolina Piedmont. I worked for 12 years in Atlanta, and eight years in Greensboro, NC. I respond positively to a cold Cheerwine and a

Brittny Meredith: The Ladies of Lazarus

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 22:12:25 +0000

Southern Legitimacy Statement:  Twenty miles north of the New Madrid Faultline surrounded by cotton fields– or land that used to be cotton fields but is now filled with manufactured homes, sits the town of Sikeston,

Gabrielle Montesanti: I Used To Run In Kalamazoo (essay)

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 23:17:14 +0000

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Like Missouri, a state considered both midwestern and southern, much of my work revolves around my clashing identities. Having lived in Alaska, Michigan, and Ohio, moving to Missouri to pursue an MFA

Stephanie Haun: Thoughts on Beauty, Bologna, and Lewis Grizzard (essay)

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 22:06:47 +0000

Thoughts on Beauty, Bologna, and Lewis Grizzard Anyone who knows me understands there are very few books or articles I haven’t read.  Amongst all the scholarly and literary reading I have done, I’ll even admit

Joseph Murphy: Dining With The Vultures (poetry)

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:03:14 +0000

Southern Legitimacy Statement: My wife and I own a 130 acre farm in Franklin, Tennessee. We have a parcel of horses and grow grass, i.e. hay. Before we bought the spread the only way to the

Abigail Thomas: Good Evening (memoir)

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:58:44 +0000

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I lived in New Orleans for several years when I was a kid, on the campus of Tulane. I went to the R.M. Lusher School. My address was 51A Macalester Place. I loved

Susan Little: Donkeys in Paradise (memoir)

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:55:25 +0000

Southern Legitimacy Statement: “I was born in Memphis for the sole reason that it had the hospital closest to Earle, Arkansas. My daddy was informed of my birth via telegram, as he had enlisted in the

Donna Walker-Nixon: Daddy’s Legacy (fiction)

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:44:04 +0000

Southern Legitimacy Statement: My daddy was a good man, who asked for little or no praise. He worked hard to provide for my sisters and me, and this prose piece shows the sacrifices of men who