level:deepsouth is a crowdsourced online anthology about growing up Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. The anthology is open to submissions of creative nonfiction and images, as well as to contributions for the lists.


“Dinner on the Grounds” by Luisa Kay Reyes 

“The Baby Blue Bomber” by Adam Powell 

“Revved Up like a What?” by Vallie Lynn Watson 

“That Vibrant Community” by Foster Dickson 

Penelope Spheeris’ Suburbia (1983) by Foster Dickson

“1980s Montgomery: Remembered and Now Considered” by Adrienne Gaines

“Timothy in the Underworld” by Ben Beard


Where y’all from Arkansas at? 


“Southern Christian Soccer-Punk and Other Unicorns” by Ben Beard

“Terror in the Flesh: A Snapshot of the ’90s” by Ben Beard

“Angry Days and the Devil’s Haircut: Music at the End of History, 1989 – 1999” by Ben Beard

Remy Zero’s Villa Elaine (1998) by Charles Reed

“At the Epitome” by William Nesbitt


“That was Lana” by William Nesbitt

“Cloves” by William Nesbitt 

Grace Elizabeth Hale’s Cool Town, reviewed by Jim Hodgson

Gordon Lamb’s Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia, reviewed by Foster Dickson

“Lollapalooza ’92” by Foster Dickson

“The Temple of Oxford on Pharr” by Francie Klopotic

“Milius, McCarthy, and Me” by Russell Worth Parker

“I Didn’t Know Dick” by Alan Caldwell

“Wade” by Alan Caldwell


“Camp Earl Wallace” by Elena Vale Wahl 

“A Summer, A Fall” by Wes Blake 


“Truants” by David Armand


C’mon, Mississippi . . . really?

North Carolina

“R.E.M at the Mall” by Peter Stavros

South Carolina

Be glad to hear from y’all when you can, SC . . .


“When We Were Wiccan” by C. Don Jones

“Andrea” by Bob Chikos

“In a Closet in a Dorm” by Bob Chikos


“Bitter Melon Soup” by Rob Linné