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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for June 7-13, 2002.

In this issue:


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


1915: Theologian J. Hardee Kennedy was born in Quitman, Mississippi. (June 12)

1917: Poet Charles Lamar Nelson was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi. (June 9)

1923: Economist Charles Edgar Summer was born in Newton, Mississippi. (June 13)

1927: English professor William U. McDonald, Jr., was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (June 10)

1929: Tennessee Williams graduated fifty-third out of eighty-three in his University City, Missouri, high school class. (June 13)

1937: Tennessee Williams’ one-act play Me, Vasha! placed fourth out of the competition in his playwriting class at Washington University. (June 12)

1960: Poet and professor Robert W. Hamblin married Barbara Kaye Smith. (June 10)

1963: Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Mississippi. (June 12)

1988: Theologian Lee A. Belford died in Leland, Mississippi. (June 12)

1989: English professor Calvin S. Brown died in Sanibel, Florida. (June 10)

AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

June 26: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi

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

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.

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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