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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. 

August 8, 2018

The Mississippi Book Festival is coming up in a couple of weeks. There are several ancillary events associated with the literary lawn party, beginning with a kick-off party on Thursday, August 16 presented by Bookfriends of University Press of Mississippi at Fischer Ga...

August 6, 2018

Summer just seems like a good time for serendipitous discoveries. On long, hot days of summer, the world slows down a bit. It’s too hot to go to fast. And when we slow down, we tend to see things that we are too busy to see the rest of the year. Or we become a bit more...

July 25, 2018

Writing is like fuel for many people. Getting words on paper energizes them in a way many other activities simply do not. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write i...

July 18, 2018

There’s something about Mississippi. We seem to elevate and celebrate the story tellers among us. Mississippi claims one of the world’s greatest story tellers – the late Eudora Welty. She certainly could spin a tale and her writing is still appreciated by avid readers...

July 11, 2018

The view when driving over the 22nd Avenue bridge in Meridian has changed dramatically over the past year. Instead of seeing the iconic U Needa Biscuit sign painted on the side of an abandoned building on the right, a massive modern building now sits on the corner of 2...

June 27, 2018

Natchez is known as the oldest established city on the Mississippi River, and the hub of the steamboat era. As if Natchez wasn’t already a tourist’s dream, the addition of a winery, brewery and distillery have added more reasons for tourists to visit the city and to st...

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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.