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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. 

July 4, 2018

For most people living in America, July 4th brings to mind that day back in 1776 when the 13 colonies officially declared themselves independent of Great Britain, thus creating the United States of America as a distinct, sovereign nation.

But for about 75 years, citize...

June 11, 2018

Six degrees of Kevin Bacon, I am told by trendier souls than I, is a game based on the idea that any two persons on earth are no more than six acquaintances apart; that each of us knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, etc, who knows any other person on t...

April 13, 2018

On this day, April 13, in 1743, Thomas Jefferson, who went on to become the third president of the United States, was born in what is now known as Albermarle County, Virginia.

Jefferson profoundly influenced the founding of the United States in any number of ways, but...

February 28, 2018


Occasionally you have the opportunity to read a book that has the ability to shake you to the core, to make you question long held beliefs. Such books can be challenging and uncomfortable. During my senior year at Belhaven University, I had...

February 19, 2018

Today is Presidents' Day, and tomorrow is the birthday of our first U.S. president, George Washington, who was born 279 years ago in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

Like never before we need another George Washington, a man of such duty and honor that he would not...

February 1, 2018

Mississippians generally love or hate the Natchez Trace Parkway. For some the road is a chance to add some delightful scenery to a trip. For others, it is a slow (50 mph speed limit) and annoying highway only to be taken when it is the only option for reaching a des...

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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.