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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for May 24-30, 2002.

In this issue:


The following events all happened during this week in Mississippi history.


1700: After having established a French colony in what is now Mississippi, Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur D’Iberville returned to France. (May 28)

1736: French forces under Bienville were defeated by the Chickasaw in the Battle of Ackia, near present-day Tupelo. (May 26)

1892: Poet Maxwell Bodenheim was born in Hermanville, Mississippi. (May 26)

1904: According to a local legend, a “witch” broke out of some chain links surrounding her grave and burned down Yazoo City, Mississippi, a feat made famous in the book Good Ole Boy by Willie Morris. (May 25)

1916: Novelist Walker Percy was born in Birmingham, Alabama. (May 28)

1921: Poet J. Edgar Simmons was born in Natchez, Mississippi. (May 28)

1925: William Faulkner published “Sunset” in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (May 24)

1925: Marketing professor Charles L. Broome was born in Prentiss, Mississippi. (May 26)

1925: Richard Wright graduated from Smith Robertson Junior High School, in Jackson, Mississippi, as valedictorian. (May 29)

1926: Poet and playwright John Crews was born in Monroe, Michigan. (May 25)

1937: Novelist Jean Davison was born in Spanish Fort, Mississippi. (May 25)

1941: Richard Wright’s signed appeal against American intervention in the European war appeared in the New Masses. (May 27)

1952: Cecil Kuhne, author of several books on river rafting, was born in Louisville, Mississippi. (May 26)

1959: Filmmaker and “Muppet” creator Jim Henson married Jane Anne Nebel, a puppeteer and business executive. (May 28)

1961: William Faulkner’s grandson, A. Burks Summers, was born. (May 30)

1962: William Faulkner accepted the Gold Medal for Fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters in New York. (May 24)

1966: Novelist and memoirist Reuben G. Davis died in Yazoo City, Mississippi. (May 28)

1989: Choral suite from the opera Pamelia, libretto by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith, was performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. (May 29)

AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

May 24: Lemuria Books, Jackson, Mississippi, 5:00 p.m.

Claire T. Feild, author of Mississippi Delta Women in Prism, will be signing from her book of narrative poems. Visit for details.

May 24-26: Yazoo City, Mississippi

“Remembering Willie: A Yazoo Celebration,” a festival held in honor of famous former Yazoo City resident Willie Morris. Among the authors and speakers are Barry Hannah, Clifton Taulbert, and Claire T. Feild. Online information at

May 25: Ricks Memorial Library in Yazoo City, Mississippi, 10 a.m.-12 noon

Claire T. Feild, author of Mississippi Delta Women in Prism, will be signing from her book of narrative poems.

May 26: Ricks Memorial Library in Yazoo City, Mississippi, 10 a.m.-12 noon

Claire T. Feild, author of Mississippi Delta Women in Prism, will be signing from her book of narrative poems.

July 21-26: 29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference
“Faulkner and His Contemporaries”
The University of Mississippi, Oxford

Conference and registration information is now available on the web at the

If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi writers, please let us know by writing us at 


The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You may wish to begin planning now to attend or participate.

June 26, 2002

Novelist Joe Kanon will read and sign copies of his historical thriller The Good German, at Square Books in Oxford. Visit for details.

November 11, 2002

Poetry Reading by J. D. McClatchy, Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus, in Oxford.

February 6, 2003

U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2002) Billy Collins reads from his poetry and offers commentary on his work and other matters. Bondurant Hall Auditorium, The University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.

February 17, 2003

A reading by Clifton L. Taulbert on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.

April 10-13, 2003

Oxford Conference for the Book, Oxford, Mississippi.

July 20-25, 2003

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

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