level:deepsouth

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 nonfiction and images, as well as to contributions for the lists.

On March 1, 2022, level:deepsouth marks its second full year online! During those two years, the anthology added long form and shorter works of nonfiction, book reviews, and a variety of images. The project was created with the goal of documenting and sharing the experiences of Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s by collecting personal essays and memoirs about our lives back then and since then. Though any submission that fits the subject matter will be considered, Foster is primarily interested in essays or memoirs by writers who were born between 1965 and 1980, and who grew up in the region.

Beginning in April 2022, level:deepsouth will also begin accepting submissions of short fiction and poetry. The subject matter of submissions should still center on the experiences of Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. To be considered, a short story or poem must either have been written between 1970 and 1999 while the writer was growing up in the Deep South, or the subject matter should center on growing in the Deep South during that time.

a selection of Foster’s editor’s blog posts from the project:

Georgia, ca. 1980

the recent death of Anne Rice

Mississippi, ca. 1980

Alabama, ca. 1980

Arkansas, 1993: A Brief Primer on the West Memphis Three

The Lower End of the Highest Rates

“Say hi to your new mom!”

Portraits of the Editor as a Young Gen-Xer

Some good things happened too.

Historians and Journalists on the Generation-X South

Good Tunes: Local Music Festivals

Intro: Definitions, Numbers, an Exodus, and the Stories