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December 24, 2018

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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

Watch Tuesday's Two
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Watch Thursday's Thought
Watch Talk It Out
Watch Unlikely (Video) Encounter

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. 

September 11, 2018

On September 11, 2001, people walked right past this church, St. Paul's Chapel, and this cemetery filled with last words on tombstones and memories of people who had long been forgotten. The brevity of life doesn't evade any of us from all walks of life. How s...

October 12, 2017

"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."

That's our prayer these days isn't it? For this evil to stay in Vegas. For this evil to end in Vegas.

Tears filled my eyes as I read the news for the first time. News of a mass shooting at a concert, right here on our own soil. A c...

October 10, 2017

Did God send the fires to California this week?

Did He send the latest earthquake, or the hurricanes through Puerto Rico and the Gulf Coast in recent weeks?

After all, there is usually a vociferous television preacher (and perhaps a local pastor) who will articulate such...

September 22, 2017

NOTE: MADELINE BURDINE--A SOPHOMORE AT ITAWAMBA COMMUNITY COLLEGE--HAS A SPECIAL GIFT FOR WORDS THAT GO DEEP AND FILL TO THE BRIM. SHE IS ONE OF THREE COLLEGE INTERNS CURRENTLY ON STAFF WITH MISSISSIPPI MATTERS.

I have no idea where you find yourself in life right now. 

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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.