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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 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

Several small-scale poultry farmers and Mississippi-based chefs told the state Senate Agriculture Committee that regulations from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture are preventing the two groups from doing business together.

They also said the state was miss...

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 6, 2018

Steve Wilson appears weekly on Wednesday mornings on WMXI 98.1 FM's "Pine Belt Daybreak" program in Hattiesburg with Michael Pol and Ted Tibbett to talk about his work and Mississippi politics.

On Wednesday, Wilson talked about tourism taxes and how the Mississippi Legi...

January 17, 2018

According to a pair of reports released by state Auditor Stacey Pickering's office Tuesday, investigators found several instances of fraud, waste and abuse at the state Board of Cosmetology and the state Auctioneer Commission.

For the Mississippi Auctioneer Commission,...

January 15, 2018

While Democrats are concerned with transparency and funding, the process toward replacing the state's present K-12 education funding formula is gaining traction in the Mississippi House.

At a joint meeting of the House Education and Appropriations committees on Monday,...

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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.