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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. 

January 11, 2018

If you saw the old Coen Brothers movie hit, O Brother Where Art Thou, set in the Mississippi Delta, you surely remember George “Baby Face” Nelson, the manic-depressive, Thompson gun wielding, Chicago outlaw who robs the “Bank of Itta Bena” and hates “cows worse than co...

December 14, 2017

To see the billboards and hear the radio ads for casinos along the Mississippi River today, one hardly could know that 180 years ago gambling was the scourge of the lower Mississippi Valley and that one town -- the City of Vicksburg, to be exact -- was so plagued by pr...

December 9, 2017

In his fascinating book, Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom (Penguin Press, 2017), Thomas E. Ricks explains the intriguing and, at times awkward, relationship between Churchill and Roosevelt that ebbed and flowed privately and publicly, to the point that Churc...

From the 1830s through the Post Civil War days, Mississippi boasted one of the best known innkeepers in the young United States.  Thomas Cherry McMackin, born about 1800, came to Mississippi like so many others of his day from South Carolina.   Beginning around 1834, h...

“I’m Your Huckleberry” – Old South Origins of a Pop Culture Iconic Line

Huckleberry is more than just a poor southern relation to the blueberry or the name of a Mark Twain character.

A number of episodes of the interesting and unexpectedly entertaining late 1950s televis...

September 28, 2017

James T. McCafferty is a lawyer and award-winning writer who grew up in the Mississippi Delta

Mississippi governor James K. Vardaman received in 1907 a most unusual letter.  Its author, described by one newspaper account as “Professor Clinton McMickle,” was seeking  a m...

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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.