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The Bootleg Preacher

A minister on why he takes his cues from the late Mississippi Rev. Will D. Campbell, who believed all of us were bastards, but that God loved us anyway.

Will the Rivers Still Run?

After a lifetime of fishing in—and studying—the rivers of our Blue Ridge Mountains, an ecologist now understands, and grieves, how climate change has altered them forever.

Stillpoint

A poem on faith and doubt along the Carolina shore

The Flora and Fauna of Your Heart

This weekend’s edition brings writing about a wondrous Southerner and natural Southern wonders.

The Last One Left

Robert Lee Coleman, at 18, led a crew of teenage musicians in Macon, Georgia, who played so hot even James Brown came to town recruiting. At 78, he plays even hotter, and he vows to “play until I die.”

Come Back to Me

Some of us mourn quietly. Some of us howl like wounded animals.

The Hero in the Motel Lounge

Meet Robert Lee Coleman, a son of Macon, Georgia, and a pioneer of Southern soul and funk music, who vows never to put down his guitar.

The One Who Walked Away From Elkins

How an Appalachian disowned by his family reckons with loss and belonging

No Son of Mine…

Too many Southern children lose their homes because their parents can’t abide their sexual orientation or gender. This week, we get an inside look.

We’re Just Here

Two poems steeped in prismatic New Orleans imagery, creeping up from memories of a complex past.

Little Boys Hiding in Closets

An excerpt from “No Son of Mine,” author Jonathan Corcoran’s memoir of growing up gay—and disowned—in Appalachia

Lover

Love is one form of salvation. Louisville’s unsung master of the short narrative poem guides us through a scene showing just that.

What a Lovely Weekend

That’s not a statement about the current weather, because it’s gray where we are. It’s about a weekend of love (and, naturally, football).