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The Tougaloo Series Part 1: “From Slaves to Scholars”

I was recently asked in an interview why I believe the Catfish Alley story is mine to tell. I suppose that question could be expected when one is white and writing from the point of view of black characters. My response may seem simple: I believe a writer always puts herself or himself into the […]

Musings on Mississippi History

The two decades from 1920 to 1939 are fascinating times in Mississippi’s history. Out of the great paradox of events simultaneously swirling through these years– the jazz age, prohibition, the great Depression, the Great Migration of 2 million blacks from the South to other areas of the United States (1910 to 1930), the great Mississippi flood of 1927, arose an amazing number of writers, activists, and entertainers.

October Writing Contest

This month I’m launching my first writing contest! The theme for the contest will be At Mama’s Kitchen Table, a follow-up on my September 20th blog post titled “Gingersnaps and Kitchen Tables”. I got to thinking how fun it would be to have people tell their stories about what their own mama’s kitchen table meant to them. […]