Category Archives: Non-Fiction Prose

“Hot Mouth” A Memoir on Memory” by Nicola Preuss

August 2006 was the beginning of third grade at my new school. I tried on many made-up personalities the first few days, picking them out like dresses from my closet. I tried having a sassy attitude and that didn’t work … Continue reading

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“Kindness of Strangers” by Louise McKinney

—wherein the reader finds a monologue recorded aboard St. Charles Avenue’s streetcar line, Uptown, to Canal I’m walking up Felicity Street in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District, trodding over broken sidewalks crumbled to pieces by heaving roots of the live … Continue reading

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“The Lyric” by Tom Whalen

I could check the exact release date for In Search of the Castaways, a 1962 Disney adventure starring Hayley Mills, but it’s enough to know that the wind off Lake Charles is cold and damp and the neon lyre above … Continue reading

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“Separate, But…” by Terry Barr

Secrets are opened in moments like this: “Daddy, why are you and Mommy sleeping in different bedrooms?” The befuddled Daddy stares at his six-year old son, a boy not old enough to understand that he wasn’t supposed to ask this … Continue reading

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Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man (Excerpt) by Frank “Doc” Adams and Burgin Mathews

Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man, released this fall from the University of Alabama Press, chronicles the life of Dr. Frank Adams, a local jazz icon and a ceaseless and inspiring educator. Drawn from more than two years … Continue reading

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“Tributary: Becoming Green Warriors of the Red Earth Country” by Leah Alford

Summer air here can be felt, almost fingered, it’s so succulent with moisture. At high temperatures, it’s chokingly humid, but in more moderate weather, it’s velvet and invasive against the skin. In Alabama at the southernmost end of the Appalachians, … Continue reading

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“Wrestling with Jews” by Terry Barr

What does a small-town Southern boy take away from watching grown men in tights faking their way through “Boston Crabs,” “Sleeper-holds,” and “Neck-Breakers?” When I was growing up, I remember that the weakest of our four TV channels—WBMG 42—aired from … Continue reading

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