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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

Watch Tuesday's Two
Watch Wednesday's Woman
Watch Thursday's Thought
Watch Talk It Out
Watch Unlikely (Video) Encounter

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. 

February 23, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mississippi Matters seeks honest, winsome debate

on issues that Mississippians care about. Guns fit that category.

Soon we will be reporting on the results of our recent gun poll,

which were startling to say the least. Meanwhile,  we welcome

gifted w...

October 6, 2017

Wrang Wordler / @thing_finder

I’ve attempted to be funny and famous on the internet approximately 33,228 times.

I know this for a fact because that’s the number of tweets I’ve floated under an anonymous handle on the World Wide Web over the past five years. (Just like we...

September 20, 2017

Before moving to Mississippi in 2001, my wife and I lived in the state of New York for five years where we both taught at Nyack College, overlooking the Hudson River’s three-mile-wide Tappan Zee. The word “beauty” does no justice.

I was a fresh-out-of-grad-school Englis...

September 18, 2017

Looks like Jackson (MS) Public Schools (JPS) will be taken over by the state because the school system “poses life-threatening conditions for students and staff."

Here's a list of MDE's findings from late 2016 and early 2017 (actual quotes):

• “physically unsafe learning...

August 12, 2017

According to the Pew Research Center, the typical American read just four books in 2016.  With a little less Candy Crush, you can read four books next week. Do you want to increase your happy consumption of grand ideas and tales?

If so, here are a few pointers from...

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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. 

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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.