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Welcome to the Mississippi Writers Page Newsletter for April 18-24, 2003

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

1702: Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d’Iberville, who led a French expedition to establish a settlement in present-day Mississippi, returned to France, never to return to Louisiana. (April 22)

1800: The U.S. Congress established a post route between Nashville, Tennessee, and Natchez, Mississippi, along what became known as the Natchez Trace. (April 23)

1807: J. F. H. Claiborne, “the father of Mississippi history,” was born near Natchez, Mississippi. (April 24)

1896: Journalist Mark Foster Ethridge was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (April 22)

1910: Jamie L. Whitten, U.S. Congressman and author of That We May Live, was born in Cascilla, Mississippi. (April 18)

1918: Estelle Oldham, future wife of William Faulkner, married her first husband, Cornell Franklin, in Oxford, Mississippi. (April 18)

1925: Leon M. C. Standifer, who published memoirs about his combat experience in World War II, was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. (April 24)

1931: Poet Etheridge Knight was born in Corinth, Mississippi. (April 19)

1932: Methodist minister William R. Lampkin was born in Baldwyn, Mississippi. (April 22)

1933: A Green Bough, a book of poetry by William Faulkner, was published. (April 20)

1934: Henry T. Sampson, who has researched the role of African Americans in entertainment, was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (April 22)

1936: Theologian Daniel C. Noel was born in Jackson, Mississippi. (April 21)

1937: Tennessee Williams received notification from Washington University that he would not graduate and was placed on academic probation. (April 20)

1938: Educator Chalmers Archer, Jr., was born in Tchula, Mississippi. (April 21)

1942: Novelist Barry Hannah was born in Meridian, Mississippi. (April 23)

1962: William Faulkner went on a two-day visit to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. (April 19)


Poetry, music event to raise money for Mississippi State University literary magazine

April 4, 2003

STARKVILLE, Miss. — A poetry jam will be held April 26 at a Starkville establishment to raise funds for Jabberwock Review, Mississippi State University’s literary journal.

In addition to a variety of poetry readings, the 8 p.m. public event at Big Daddy’s (223 Main Street) will feature performances by three musical groups, “Young Agent Jones,” “John Black Attack” and “The Persians.”

Becky Hagenston, assistant English professor and publication adviser, said all proceeds from the $5-per-person cover charge will go to the journal. The funds will be added to ongoing support provided by the Office of the Provost, College of Arts and Sciences, University Honors Program, English department, and subscriptions.

Published twice a year by MSU students and faculty, Jabberwock features works of art, poetry and fiction submitted by local and national writers.

Hagenston said the journal currently is soliciting black-and-white photographs for consideration as a cover for this year’s spring issue. The winning selection receives $50.

For more information about the poetry jam or the “Jabberwock” cover art competition, contact Hagenston at (662) 325-2348 or

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AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings, and Appearances

April 23: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture: “Traditional Music of North Mississippi: A Documentary Project of the Mississippi Arts Commission,” by Wiley Prewitt, project director, Lodi, Mississippi. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture,

April 23-25: 309 N. Lamar Blvd (next door to Bouré), Oxford, Mississippi, 8 p.m.; April 27, 2 p.m.

Annual 10 Minute Play Festival features full productions of 10-minute plays by local authors. Sponsored by Oxford Screenwriters. Tickets are $8.00. For more information, please contact Pamela Massey, (662) 234-7290,

April 30: Barnard Observatory lecture hall, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 12 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture: “Darkness on the Delta: A Black & White History in 8MM from the Pepper Collection of the Southern Media Archive,” by Margaret Pepper Grantham, Oxford librarian. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture,

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

July 20-24, 2003

30th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. Information and registration forms available at

October 16, 2003

Elmore Leonard, author of more than 30 novels (including Bandits, Get Shorty, and Tishomingo Blues), numerous film and television productions, essays and commentaries, will read and talk about his career. For more information on Leonard, visit Elmore Leonard’s new book, When the Women Come Out to Dance, is to be published in November 2003. Johnson Commons Ballroom, The University of Mississippi, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the Department of English at the University of Mississippi.

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