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Down South, folks don’t normally like to talk “about” themselves, so initially Southern Fried Karma should be eyeballed from an abstract vantage. You never want to be caught staring. For this we’ll have to rely on the inspired words of our favorite fictional philosopher, Daniel “Haymaker” Hay:

“It’s our karma controlling what type of nut-job we are and how we got stuck where we’re at in life. So I decided that I created some bat-shit karma, so I do a bunch of dumb-ass stuff to make it all better, but this here is the real tricky part: it don’t change nothin’ ’cause it’s still my karma. It’s kinda like southern cooking. We take somethin’ like chicken gizzards, which you normally wouldn’t put anywhere near your mouth, and we roll ’em in a spicy flour mix and shake ‘em up good, then we throw ‘em in hot grease. When we get done, they’re damn tasty, but it’s still the guts of a yard bird, and they’re still damn bad for you. I guess that’s my special recipe for southern fried karma, like Colonel Sander’s original recipe for his chicken. ”

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For over 450 years, and probably before, the settlers and inhabitants of the South have made some fateful choices and created their own twisted karma. Right here in Coweta County, the home of our world-wide headquarters, we have the legacy of Chief William McIntosh. Descending from a prominent Scottish father and a Muscogee mother, he built an alliance between the early colonists and the local Cowetas, called Creeks by the Scotch-Irish pioneers, but he was ultimately hacked to death by the neighboring tribe for his apparent disloyalty. This dire story embodies the contorted history of the modern South. Outsiders view us as either Stars and Bars waving, NASCAR loving Bubbas who’ve escaped house arrest from the trailer park or genteel mint julep-sippers fanning ourselves in the solitude of our rose gardens waiting for the emerald magnolia leaves to majestically shine in the light of the full moon. The mission of Southern Fried Karma is to expose both these myths by cultivating the innovative voice of the South in the new millennium. Our artistic expression is as divergent as Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, Chicago’s Wicker Park or Portland’s Pearl district. We just display it at the Wally World AND the funky neighborhood street market.

As co-founder of Southern Fried Karma, I spent the first 25 years of my adult career peddling bulldozers around the world and managing various real estate investments. In January 2015, I received my MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, and I began studying the shifting dynamics in the publishing world. I saw an opportunity in publishing that was paralleled in music and films. The path for an artist to reach a wider audience is no longer exclusively controlled by corporate gatekeepers measuring each choice purely by its economic return. So for practical purposes, our hopes, dreams and aspirations are for Southern Fried Karma to be a multi-media production company developing projects in music, films and books. Our debut venture is Orchard Row Press, which will be releasing its first title in January 2017. Additionally, we’ll be annually sponsoring a literary fiction contest and a political/historical nonfiction contest. The details for each will be announced at the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair.

There’s a slogan on the Southern Poverty Law Center website (www.splcenter.org), “Y”ALL MEANS ALL.” Now more than ever, it’s important for us all to take this simple phrase to heart and put it into action with our words and deeds. That’s what we’re about.

Thanks,

Steve McCondichie

Co-Founder of Southern Fried Karma

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A Message from Steve


After spending 25 years of my adult career peddling bulldozers around the world Steve McCondichieand managing various real estate investments, I sprung for something with a different flavor. In January 2015, I received my MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, and began studying the shifting dynamics in the publishing world. I saw an opportunity in publishing that was paralleled in music and films. The path for an artist to reach a wider audience is no longer exclusively controlled by corporate gatekeepers measuring each choice purely by its economic return. So for practical purposes, our hopes, dreams and aspirations are to create a multi-media production company developing projects in music, films, and books. Our debut venture is SFK Press, which released its first title, Lying for a Living, in January 2017. Additionally, we will be attending a number of conferences in Fall 2017, opening for submissions from unpublished writers, announcing the launch of new projects and publications at the aforementioned book conferences.

 

There’s a slogan on the Southern Poverty Law Center website, “Y”ALL MEANS ALL.” Now more than ever, it’s important for us all to take this simple phrase to heart and put it into action with our words and deeds. That’s what we’re about.

Thanks,
Steve McCondichie

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