Writers From Mississippi

Writers from Mississippi

  • Ahmos Zu-Bolton
    Ahmos Zu-Bolton II was an activist, poet and playwright also known for his editing and publishing endeavors on behalf of African-American culture.
  • Alexander Keith McClung
    Alexander Keith McClung briefly served as US chargé d'affaires to Bolivia in President Zachary Taylor's administration. An "Southern duelist" nicknamed "The Black Knight of the South", he was also a poet. James H. Street used him as the model for the character Keith Alexander in his novel Tap Roots.
  • Al Young Al Young
    Al Young is an American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and professor. On May 15, 2005, he was named Poet Laureate of California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In appointing Young as Poet Laureate, the Governor praised him: "He is an educator and a man with a passion for the Arts.
  • Andrew Ondrejcak
    Andrew Ondrejcak is an American artist working in performance and design. He writes, directs, and designs his original performances that have been produced in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Anne Moody
    Anne Moody was an American author who wrote about her experiences growing up poor and black in rural Mississippi, and her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement through the NAACP, CORE and SNCC. Moody fought racism and segregation from when she was a little girl in Centerville, Mississippi and...
  • Anthony Herrera
    Anthony John Herrera was an American actor.
  • Barry Hannah
    Barry Hannah was an American novelist and short story writer from Mississippi. Hannah was born in Meridian, Mississippi, on April 23, 1942, and grew up in Clinton, Mississippi. He wrote eight novels and five short story collections.
  • Besmilr Brigham
    Besmilr Brigham was an American poet and writer of short stories.
  • Beth Taylor Beth Taylor
    Beth Taylor is an American author, public relations practitioner and journalist who has worked as a television sportscaster, newscaster, producer and director, as well as a general assignment reporter in both print and broadcast mediums.
  • Blanche Colton Williams
    Blanche Colton Williams was an American author, editor, professor of English literature, and head of the English department at Hunter College.
  • Bobby DeLaughter
    Robert "Bobby" DeLaughter is an American Mississippi state prosecutor, judge, and author. He is notable for prosecuting and securing the conviction in 1994 of Byron De La Beckwith, charged with the murder of the civil rights leader Medgar Evers on June 12, 1963.
  • Borden Deal
    Borden Deal, was an American novelist and short story writer.
  • Carolyn Haines Carolyn Haines
    Carolyn Haines, who uses the pseudonyms R.B. Chesterton, Caroline Burnes, and Lizzie Hart, is a prolific mystery author and former journalist specializing in mysteries set in the Mississippi Delta.
  • Catherine Anne Warfield
    Catherine Anne Warfield was an American writer of poetry and fiction in Mississippi. Together with her sister Eleanor Percy Lee, she was first of the published authors in the Percy family. Its most noted authors have been William Alexander Percy and Walker Percy of the twentieth century.
  • Catherine Lacey (author)
    Catherine Lacey is an American writer.
  • Charlaine Harris Charlaine Harris
    Charlaine Harris Schulz is an American New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children.
  • Chuck Pfarrer
    Charles Patrick "Chuck" Pfarrer, III is an American novelist, screenwriter, and former U.S. Navy SEAL from Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
  • Clara Whipple Clara Whipple
    Clara Whipple was a silent film actress from Missouri, United States, who appeared in motion pictures from 1915-1919. She was also an author.
  • Clifton Taulbert Clifton Taulbert
    Clifton Taulbert is an American author, business consultant and speaker. He is best known for his books Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored and Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Communities.
  • Constance Cary Harrison Constance Cary Harrison
    Constance Cary Harrison was an American writer. She was also known as Constance Cary, Constance C. Harrison, and Mrs. Burton Harrison, as well as by her nom de plume, Refugitta.
  • Craig Claiborne Craig Claiborne
    Craig Claiborne was an American restaurant critic, food journalist and book author. A long-time food editor and restaurant critic for The New York Times, he was also the author of numerous cookbooks and an autobiography.
  • Curtis Wilkie
    Curtis Wilkie is a journalist, college professor and historian of the American South.
  • David Honeyboy Edwards David "Honeyboy" Edwards
    David "Honeyboy" Edwards was a Delta blues guitarist and singer from Mississippi.
  • Dean Faulkner Wells
    Dean Faulkner Wells was an American author, editor, and publisher.
  • Deanna Favre Deanna Favre
    Deanna Tynes Favre is the wife of former NFL quarterback Brett Favre. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, and later became an advocate in the fight against the disease. She founded the Deanna Favre Hope Foundation to raise money and awareness for women around the country.
  • Diane Ladd Diane Ladd
    Diane Ladd is an American actress, film director, producer and author. She has appeared in over 120 film and television roles.
  • Donald Wildmon
    Donald Ellis Wildmon is an ordained United Methodist minister, author, former radio host, and founder and chairman emeritus of the American Family Association and American Family Radio.
  • Donna Tartt
    Donna Tartt is an American writer, the author of the novels The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch. Tartt won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014.
  • Douglas A. Blackmon Douglas A. Blackmon
    Douglas A. Blackmon is an American writer and journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.
  • Dumas Malone
    Dumas Malone was an American historian, biographer, and editor noted for his six-volume biography on Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson and His Time, for which he received the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for history. In 1983 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Edward A. Jones
    Edward Allen Jones was an African-American linguist, scholar and diplomat. He is best known for his book A Candle in the Dark: A History of Morehouse College.
  • Elizabeth Spencer (writer) Elizabeth Spencer (writer)
    Elizabeth Spencer is an American writer. Spencer's first novel, Fire in the Morning, was published in 1948. She has written a total of nine novels, seven collections of short stories, a memoir, and a play.
  • Ellen Douglas
    Ellen Douglas was the pen name of Josephine Ayres Haxton, an American author. Her 1973 novel Apostles of Light was a National Book Award nominee.
  • Ellen Gilchrist
    Ellen Gilchrist is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. She won a National Book Award for her 1984 collection of short stories, Victory Over Japan.
  • Elsie McWilliams
    Elsie McWilliams was songwriter who wrote for Jimmie Rodgers. McWilliams, even though she is only officially credited with writing twenty songs, actually wrote or co-wrote 39 songs for Rogers. McWilliams was his most frequent collaborator.
  • Eric Etheridge
    Eric J. Etheridge is an American journalist and photographer who was the initial editor, in 1995, of George, the magazine co-founded by John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Eric L. Harry
    Eric L. Harry is an American author and lawyer, best known for his novels Arc Light and Invasion. In addition, he has also written Society of the Mind, along with Protect and Defend.
  • Florence Mars
    Florence Mars was an American civil rights activist and author best known for her book Witness in Philadelphia about the murder of three civil rights activists in Mississippi.
  • Frances Gaither
    Frances Ormond Jones Gaither was an American novelist whose major works depict slavery in the plantation South.
  • Frank A. Montgomery Frank A. Montgomery
    Frank A. Montgomery was an American politician best known for his memoir of life as a Confederate cavalry officer in the Western Theater of the American Civil War called Reminiscences of a Mississippian in Peace and War.
  • Frederick Barthelme
    Fredrick Barthelme is an American novelist and short story writer, well known as one of the seminal writers of minimalist fiction.
  • Genevieve Pou
    Genevieve Long Pou was a novelist and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Pou was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. During her life she published seven mystery novels under the pseudonym Genevieve Holden. She attended the University of Mississippi and the University of Georgia.
  • Germany Kent
    Germany Kent is an American print and television journalist, former beauty queen, author, actress, businesswoman, model, producer, activist and philanthropist.
  • Greg Iles Greg Iles
    Greg Iles is a novelist who lives in Mississippi. He has published 16 novels and one novella, spanning a variety of genres.
  • Henry E. Baker Henry E. Baker
    Henry Edwin Baker, Jr. was the third African American to enter the United States Naval Academy. He later served as an assistant patent examiner in the United States Patent Office, where he would chronicle the history of African-American inventors.
  • Henry Winston Henry Winston
    Henry M. Winston was an African-American political leader and Marxist civil rights activist.
  • Howard Bahr
    Howard Bahr is an American novelist, born in Meridian, Mississippi.
  • Hubert Creekmore
    Hubert Creekmore was an American poet and author from the small Mississippi town of Water Valley. Creekmore was born into one of the oldest Southern families of the area but he would grow up to embody ideals very different from the conservative Southern principles by which he was raised.
  • Hugo McCord
    Hugo McCord was an American preacher and biblical scholar within the Churches of Christ in America. He produced his own translation of the New Testament, titled The Everlasting Gospel, which he affectionately called the Freed-Hardeman Version.
  • Jack Germond Jack Germond
    John Worthen Germond, known as Jack Germond, was an American journalist, author, and pundit. His journalistic career spanned over 50 years; Germond wrote for the Washington Star and The Baltimore Sun.
  • James Gordon (Mississippi) James Gordon (Mississippi)
    James Gordon was an American planter, writer, and politician from Okolona, Mississippi. He was a United States Senator for eight weeks, from December 27, 1909 to February 23, 1910.
  • James Street (novelist)
    James Howell Street was a United States journalist, minister, and writer of Southern historical novels.
  • Jared Hegwood
    Jared Hegwood is a Pushcart Prize nominated Mississippi author who studied with the Barthelme brothers at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Jean M. Redmann Jean M. Redmann
    Jean M. Redmann is an American novelist best known for her mystery series featuring New Orleans private investigator Micky Knight.
  • Jefferson Davis Jefferson Davis
    Jefferson Davis was an American politician who served as the President of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865. He was a member of the Democratic Party who represented Mississippi in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives prior to becoming president of the Confederacy.
  • Jeremiah Joseph O'Keefe IV
    Jeremiah Joseph "Jody" O'Keefe IV was an American politician and businessman.
  • Jerry Clower
    Howard Gerald "Jerry" Clower was an American stand-up comedian. Born and raised in the Southern United States, Clower was best known for his stories of the rural South and was given the nickname "The Mouth of Mississippi".
  • Jesmyn Ward Jesmyn Ward
    Jesmyn Ward is an American novelist and an associate professor of English at Tulane University.
  • Jess Mowry Jess Mowry
    Jess Mowry is an American author of books and stories for children and young adults. He has written eighteen books and many short stories for and about black children and teens in a variety of genres, ranging from inner-city settings to the forests of Haiti.
  • John Faulkner (author)
    John Faulkner was an American author. His works, in a plain style, depict life in Mississippi. Faulkner is best-remembered for the novels Men Working and Dollar Cotton, and the memoir, My Brother Bill: An Affectionate Reminiscence, about his elder sibling, author William Faulkner.
  • John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne
    John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne was a Member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Mississippi.
  • John Grisham John Grisham
    John Ray Grisham Jr. is an American bestselling writer, attorney, politician, and activist best known for his popular legal thrillers. His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide.
  • Joseph Holt Ingraham Joseph Holt Ingraham
    Joseph Holt Ingraham was an American author.
  • Julia K. Wetherill Baker
    Julia Kein Wetherill Baker was an American writer and poet who wrote under the name Julie K. Wetherill and the initials J. K. W.
  • Katherine Sherwood Bonner McDowell
    Katherine Sherwood Bonner McDowell was a female author of America's Gilded Age.
  • Larry Brown (author)
    Larry Brown was an American novelist, non-fiction and short story writer. He won numerous awards including the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award, and Mississippi's Governor's Award For Excellence in the Arts.
  • Larry Speakes
    Larry Melvin Speakes was an acting press spokesman for the White House under President Ronald Reagan, having held the position from 1981 to 1987.
  • Leon C. Standifer
    Leon Midas Calmet Standifer, Jr. is an American soldier, novelist, and professor. He is the son of Leonidas Calmet and Emma Standifer. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a scout in the infantry from 1943–46 and he received Combat Infantryman Badge and the Purple Heart.
  • Lewis Elliott Chaze Lewis Elliott Chaze
    Lewis Elliott Chaze was an American veteran, journalist, and novelist.
  • Lewis Nordan
    Lewis Nordan was an American writer.
  • Liz Waldner
    Liz Waldner is an American poet.
  • Louis R. Harlan
    Louis Rudolph Harlan was an American academic historian who wrote a two-volume biography of the African-American educator and social leader Booker T. Washington and edited several volumes of Washington materials.
  • Margaret Ferguson (political scientist)
    Margaret Robertson Ferguson, is an American political scientist specializing in state politics, governors, and Southern politics at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.
  • Marie Bankhead Owen Marie Bankhead Owen
    Marie Bankhead Owen was Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History for over three decades, as well as a documentarian of Alabama history who authored numerous books on the subject. Owen served as an advisor for the Federal Writers' Project history of the state.
  • Mart Crowley Mart Crowley
    Mart Crowley is an American playwright.
  • Mary Craig Sinclair
    Mary Craig Sinclair was a writer and the wife of Upton Sinclair.
  • Maxwell Bodenheim
    Maxwell Bodenheim was an American poet and novelist. A literary figure in Chicago, he later went to New York where he became known as the King of Greenwich Village Bohemians. His writing brought him international notoriety during the Jazz Age of the 1920s.
  • M. Carl Holman
    M. Carl Holman was an African-American author, poet and playwright. One of his noted works is The Baptizin‘.
  • Michael Holloway Perronne
    Michael Holloway Perronne is an American author. His novels include: A Time Before Me, Men Can Do Romance, Falling Into Me, Embrace the Rain, A Time Before Us, and Gardens of Hope.
  • Mike Adams (columnist)
    Mike S. Adams is an American conservative political columnist, writer, author and professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
  • Muna Lee (writer) Muna Lee (writer)
    Muna Lee was an American poet, author, and activist, who first became known and widely published as a lyric poet in the early 20th century. She also was known for her writings that promoted Pan-Americanism and feminism.
  • Natasha Trethewey Natasha Trethewey
    Natasha Trethewey is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 2012 and again in 2014. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection Native Guard, and she is a former Poet Laureate of Mississippi.
  • Nevada Barr Nevada Barr
    Nevada Barr is an American author best known for her Anna Pigeon series of mystery novels set in national parks in the United States.
  • Oliver Bosbyshell Oliver Bosbyshell
    Oliver Christian Bosbyshell was Superintendent of the United States Mint at Philadelphia from 1889 to 1894.
  • Olympia Vernon Olympia Vernon
    Olympia Vernon is an African-American author who has published three novels: Eden, Logic, and A Killing In This Town. Eden won the 2004 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  • Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey
    Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
  • Patrick D. Smith Patrick D. Smith
    Patrick Davis Smith was an American author. His work was nominated seven times for the Pulitzer Prize and five times for the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Pearl Rivers Pearl Rivers
    Eliza Jane Nicholson, who wrote under the nom de plume Pearl Rivers, was a United States journalist and poet. She took the name from the Pearl River near her home in Mississippi.
  • Peggy Webb Peggy Webb
    Peggy Webb, née Peggy Elaine Hussey is an American author of romance novels.
  • Randy G. Pierce
    Randy Grant Pierce is a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Mississippi. He is also the author of the novel Pain Unforgiven, as well as Magnolia Mud and a graduate of Jones County Jr. College, the University of Southern Mississippi and Ole Miss Law School.
  • Reba White Williams Reba White Williams
    Reba White Williams, is an American author, philanthropist, and expert on fine art prints. As a novelist, her influences include Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.
  • Rebecca Allison Rebecca Allison
    Rebecca Anne "Becky" Allison is an American cardiologist and transgender activist. She served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and as Chair of the American Medical Association's Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues.
  • R. H. Boyd R. H. Boyd
    Richard Henry Boyd, commonly known as the Rev. Dr. R. H. Boyd, was an African-American minister and businessman who was the founder and head of the National Baptist Publishing Board and a founder of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.
  • Richard Ford Richard Ford
    Richard Ford is an American novelist and short story writer. His best-known works are the novel The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and Let Me Be Frank With You, and the short story collection Rock Springs, which contains several widely anthologized stories.
  • Richard Parks (author)
    Billy Richard Parks is an American fantasy, science fiction and horror writer. He writes under the names Richard Parks and W. J. Everett, aside from a few early works written as by B. Richard Parks and Rick Parks.
  • Robin Roberts (newscaster) Robin Roberts (newscaster)
    Robin René Roberts is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America.
  • Roy Vernon Scott
    Roy Vernon Scott is a Professor Emeritus of history at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, who specialized in agricultural and railroad studies in the American South and Midwest.
  • Sarah Dorsey
    Sarah Anne Dorsey was an American novelist and historian from the prominent southern Percy family. She published several novels and a highly regarded biography of Henry Watkins Allen, governor of Louisiana during the years of the American Civil War.
  • Stark Young Stark Young
    Stark Young was an American teacher, playwright, novelist, painter, literary critic, translator, and essayist.
  • Steven Barthelme Steven Barthelme
    Steven Barthelme is the author of numerous short stories and essays. His published works include And He Tells the Little Horse the Whole Story, Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss, and The Early Posthumous Work. His brothers Donald and Frederick also became notable authors.
  • Tavis Smiley Tavis Smiley
    Tavis Smiley is an American talk show host and author. Smiley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and grew up in Bunker Hill, Indiana. After attending Indiana University, he worked during the late 1980s as an aide to Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles.
  • Tennessee Williams Tennessee Williams
    Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama.
  • Thea Bowman Thea Bowman
    Sister Thea Bowman, was a Roman Catholic religious sister, teacher, and scholar who made a major contribution to the ministry of the Catholic Church to her fellow African Americans. She became an evangelist among her people and was a popular speaker on faith and spirituality in her final years.
  • Thomas Hal Phillips
    Thomas Hal Phillips was an American novelist, actor and screenwriter.
  • Thomas K. McCraw
    Thomas Kincaid McCraw was an American business historian and Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Emeritus at Harvard Business School, who won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for History for Prophets of Regulation: Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, Alfred E. Kahn, which...
  • Topher Payne
    Topher Payne is an American playwright and screenwriter based in Atlanta, Georgia. Two of his plays premiered in 2015: Perfect Arrangement, which premiered Off-Broadway and was produced by Primary Stages, and Angry Fags, which was produced at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.
  • Ty G. Allushuski
    Ty G. Allushuski is an American award-winning sports writer, editor, publisher, and renowned expert in the field of social media communications. He served as Assistant Director of Admissions at The University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Mississippi, United States.
  • Unita Blackwell Unita Blackwell
    Unita Zelma Blackwell is an American civil rights activist who was the first African American woman, and the tenth African American, to be elected mayor in the U.S. state of Mississippi.
  • Walker Percy
    Walker Percy, Obl.S.B. was an American author from Covington, Louisiana, whose interests included philosophy and semiotics. Percy is known for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans, the first of which, The Moviegoer, won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.
  • William Faulkner William Faulkner
    William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays.
  • William Raspberry William Raspberry
    William Raspberry was an American syndicated public affairs columnist. He was also the Knight Professor of the Practice of Communications and Journalism at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. An African American, he frequently wrote on racial issues.
  • Winifred Hamrick Farrar
    Winifred Hamrick Farrar was the Poet Laureate of Mississippi from 1978 to 2010.
  • Wirt Williams
    Wirt Williams was an American novelist, journalist, and professor of English who was three times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, once for reporting and twice for his fiction.
  • Woodrow Borah
    Woodrow Wilson Borah was a U.S. historian of colonial Mexico, whose research contributions on demography, economics, and social structure made him a major Latin Americanist.
  • Woody Evans Woody Evans
    Woody Evans is an American librarian and author of short stories and nonfiction works, who is known for critical commentary on technology, technoculture, and transhumanism.

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