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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

September 17, 2018

Over our first year, Mississippi Matters has enjoyed steady growth and great exchanges with readers--and critics. (Thanks!)

Now Facebook steps in.


has started blocking  

some normal efforts

to reach new readers. 

Due to Facebook's move, we're still growing bu...


That's how long "The Hate U Give" by Jackson's own Angie Thomas has been on the New York Times Top Ten Young Adult Bestsellers List. And the book just jumped again this week back to #1!

Thomas is a board member of Mississippi Matters's parent organization. S...

Today is International Women's Day.

It's a good time for celebrating all of the positive advances made for and by women in America and around the world.

Even paper towel packages are making statements. (These two packages were spotted by Mississippi Matters at a local...

February 28, 2018

I've had great hope in Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba because he leads. He acts. He's decisive. He fixes potholes and goes after grants and listens to others. He hires good people and lets them do their job. 

I often find myself applauding his youthful wi...

February 21, 2018

Today, we lost Graham, but his influence has outlast any U.S president that he counseled, and that was 12. Most all of us will sit down today and reflect not only on his greatness on impact, but on our own spiritual and moral trajectory. I certainly am. And I must co...


So what now Mississippi fans?

How will we deal with our maligned favorite son, 27-year-old Malcolm Butler?

What does he really mean to us? Perhaps it's more than we realize.

Right now he’s likely as low as we all were high three years ago when he sealed a Super Bowl XL...

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

                           The Editors

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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.