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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. 

June 21, 2018

It’s been medically proven that engaging in enjoyable leisure activities can lower stress hormones and blood pressure. An article in the Psychosomatic Medicine Journal says that leisure activities can make you feel better all over and reduce your waist circumference an...

June 13, 2018

A poet laureate traditionally was a poet who was appointed for life as a member of the British royal household. Who doesn’t want a poet on staff, writing poems for every family occasion? While that may seem a bit extravagant, the appointment of a poet laureate is an ho...

June 6, 2018

Mississippi Matters is thrilled to welcome Susan Marquez as a new weekly contributor. Susan is president of the Mississippi Writers Guild. She has written thousands of articles over her impressive career. We asked Susan to say "Hello" and give us a peek at what our rea...

April 10, 2018

Determined. Focused. Strategic. Children from Franklin Upper Elementary in the small rural town of Bude, Mississippi block out everything around them when they gather in a room full of chess boards in Dr. Jeff Bulington’s classroom  in the Franklin Upper Elementary sch...

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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.