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Mississippi 101


To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi. 

William Faulkner 

Mississippi Library Books

Mississippi Writers and Musicians 

Many famous writers were born in Mississippi or have spent an important part of their lives in the state. Some of these Mississippi writers are world famous while others are up-and-coming authors.  They have been researched and presented on this site. Mississippi also has a unique musical heritage, and  musicians who are native to Mississippi or who have spent a significant part of their lives in the state of Mississippi are also included. Their music may be blues, country, classical, gospel, rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, R & B, rap,  or popular. In addition, well-known visual and graphic artists (whether they work with traditional media or are experimenting with new forms and materials) who live in Mississippi or have spent part of their lives in the state have been added as well as the Mississippians who listed under actors who act, dance, direct, or sing and have made a name for themselves in movies, television, and stage.  All have contributed to the literary and cultural heritage of Mississippi.

Writing - Mississippi Public Broadcast 

Writers is a television series from Mississippi Public Broadcasting in the format of an intimate, roundtable discussion on the author’s craft. In each episode, three authors of a specific genre join host Gene Edwards to talk about their work and experience.

Mississippi Writers 

An introduction to Mississippi's literary talent, including bibliographies, lists of writers, and information about Mississippi publishing companies.

Mississippi Digital Library 

The Mississippi Digital Library is the cooperative digital library program for the state. Its ultimate aim is to provide access to primary source materials covering a wide range of subject areas from Mississippi museums, archives, libraries, and historical societies.