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“No good Southern fiction (poem, essay)
is complete without a
Dead Mule”

Online since 1996, the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature represents the best, the finest, the most comprehensive compilation of original contemporary literature on the internet. Not kidding, twenty-five years online gives us bragging rights over most every other online journal. Our publication credo? Provide readers with the best writing we can find on a consistent basis, month in, month out. We’ve hosted writing by poets laureate, mule skinners, horse traders and hornswagglers. While currently focusing our attention on the monthly publication of new material, we have little HTML elves working diligently in the background restoring the “hacked” database from the 1996 through 2006 and that writing will be available in the future, once again, on the Mule.

This reloaded Mule contains many errors, fubarred formats and ersatz text. Reader beware. Slowly working my way through it all, but there are over 1,400 entries here so it’s going to take a while. Celebrating 25 years of publishing and editing.  A shout-out to GoDaddy for this managed WordPress account. While publishing and maintaining the Mule is a rather expensive endeavor, my husband and I hope to continue for years to come (25 and counting, 2021). The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature is not affiliated with any organization, university, or publishing endeavor other than itself.

Okay, that’s just a little sample of Masthead dialog, the real stuff is on the way … our history, our editor’s bios. We’ll let you know on Facebook when it’s complete.

Valerie MacEwan: Editor / Publisher

Valerie MacEwan and her husband Robert put the Dead Mule online in 1996 as an adjunct site to a local business directory. The original Dead Mule Literary Journal, a print magazine, was born from a NC Arts Council grant received in 1996. After paying for a print edition, the magazine went online and has been online — continuously — for twenty years. MacEwan is an award -winning Assemblage Artist as well as a writer and she’s dedicated to keeping this Mule online for another twenty-five years.

CL Bledsoe: Assistant Editor

CL Bledsoe is the author of a dozen books, most recently the novel Man of Clay and the poetry collection Riceland. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize thirteen times, Best of the Net three times, and had two stories selected as Notable Stories of the Year by Story South’s Million Writer’s Award. Bledsoe has published stories, poems, essays, plays, and reviews in hundreds of journals and websites, including The Cimarron Review, The Arkansas Review, Pank, Nimrod, New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Gargoyle, The Hollins Critic, New World Writing (formerly Mississippi Review Online), Hobart, The Pedestal Magazine, and many others.
*CL Bledsoe’s Memoirs will grace the hallowed halls of the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature each month for the next year. We look forward to featuring his writing and hope you enjoy reading it. -Valerie