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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for June 28-July 4, 2002.

In this issue:


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


1863: Confederate general John C. Pemberton surrendered the city of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River to Union general Ulysses S. Grant following a 47-day siege, prompting U.S. president Abraham Lincoln to remark “the Father of Waters flows unvexed to the sea.” (July 4)

1909: Rancher and photojournalist Josephine Alexander was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. (July 4)

1913: English professor Rodney M. Baine was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. (June 30)

1913: Speech and drama professor Floyd Leslie Sandle was born in Magnolia, Mississippi. (July 4)

1925: Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was born near Decatur, Mississippi. (July 2)

1925: Sociologist George L. Maddox, Jr., was born in McComb, Mississippi. (July 2)

1926: Frank Trippett was born in Columbus, Mississippi. (July 1)

1932: Presbyterian minister Perry H. Biddle, Jr., was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (July 1)

1933: Foreign languages professor William D. Horan was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (July 1)

1934: William Faulkner left Mississippi for a three-week assignment at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. (July 1)

1944: Educator and science writer Barrie Klaits was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. (July 2)

1944: Photographer and journalist Mary Ann Wells was born in Mississippi. (July 2)

1948: Documentarian and memoirist Edward Cohen was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (July 3)

1959: Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams was performed as a one-act play in Spoleto, Italy’s Festival of Two Worlds. (July 2)

1986: Novelist Lewis Nordan married Alicia Blessing. (July 3)

1992: A statue of assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers was erected in his honor in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was living at the time of his death in 1963. (June 28)


Mississippi writer Berry Morgan, 83, dies in West Virginia

June 22, 2002

SUMMIT POINT, W.V. — Berry Morgan, 83, of Aylmere Farm, Summit Point, W.Va, died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at Shenandoah Nursing Home near her farm.

Mrs. Morgan was born May 20, 1919, in Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Mississippi.

She was a fiction writer for The New Yorker magazine from 1966 to 1988. She received two Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship awards for her novel Pursuit in 1966 and a collection of short stories, The Mystic Adventures of Roxie Stoner, in 1974.

She taught creative writing at Northeast Louisiana University, Catholic University of America, George Washington University, and the American University.

She was active in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. She was involved in organic farming and was a member of the Catholic faith.

She was formerly married to Aylmer Lee Morgan III.

Surviving are four children, Dr. Scott Ingles Morgan of Middleway, Betty Lee Morgan of Houston, Aylmer Lee Morgan IV of Virginia Beach, and Frances Berry Morgan of Summit Point; and numerous grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, at the Avanti Restaurant in Charles Town, W.Va., with Father Edwin Dill officiating. Burial will be in Middleway Masonic Cemetery, Middleway, W.Va.

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AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

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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