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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. 

October 10, 2018

When something needs to get done, ask a few women and Voila! It’s done, and probably bigger and better than any one person could ever have imagined. 

Such is the case with a grand reception to be held this evening for Jackson author Angie Thomas. It’s a reception that w...

September 12, 2018

Where were you when Kennedy got shot? 

I was at McWillie Elementary in Jackson, Mississippi, where I was a first-grade student.

Where were you when the Challenger Space Shuttle blew up?

I was in the studio at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where I worked as a commer...

August 29, 2018

Today I’m going to get a bit personal and tell you a story. It’s a story about split time. When everything is reframed, referring to “before it” and “after it,” because it has changed everything. It’s a story about unimaginable tragedy and the kind of triumph that prov...

August 22, 2018

What weighs in at around nine pounds and contains more information about the state than most ever thought possible?

Published in 2017, it’s The Mississippi Encyclopedia, and by the numbers alone, it’s the most comprehensive publication ever on all things Mississippi....

August 22, 2018

 "I hope to see you and your children

this Thursday at Lemuria Books for my first reading and signing of Milly Mills Reporting Live! We'll take photos and have a lot of fun! I bet we'll even have some future

TV anchors there!" 

Allie Ware, a well-known televisio...

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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.