Coming Home to Mississippi

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University Press of Mississippi
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About the Author

Charline R. McCord of Clinton, Mississippi, and Judy H. Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi, have coedited numerous books, including Christmas Memories from Mississippi, Christmas Stories from Mississippi, and the forthcoming Coming Home to Mississippi, all available from the University Press of Mississippi.
Judy H. Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi, and Charline R. McCord of Clinton, Mississippi, have coedited numerous books, including Christmas Memories from Mississippi, Christmas Stories from Mississippi, and the forthcoming Coming Home to Mississippi, all available from the University Press of Mississippi.
Wyatt Waters of Clinton, Mississippi, has illustrated numerous books featuring his watercolors, including Another Coat of Paint and Painting Home.
William Dunlap is a distinguished American artist, arts commentator, and writer. His paintings, sculpture, and constructions are included in important public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Dunlap is the author of numerous publications including Short Mean Fiction: Words and Pictures and Dunlap, the latter published by University Press of Mississippi.
Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series and a number of other books in mystery and crime, including the Pluto's Snitch paranormal-historical mystery series, and Trouble, the black cat detective romantic suspense books. She is the recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing, the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and the Mississippi Writers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a former journalist, bartender, photographer, farmhand, and college professor and lives on a farm where she works with rescue cats, dogs, and horses.
Barry Hannah's eleven other books include the collections High Lonesome and Airships, which is regarded as a modern classic. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was nominated for the American Book Award for Ray and the National Book Award for Geronimo Rex, which won the William Faulkner Prize. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
William Peters is author of The Southern Temper, A More Perfect Union, A Class Divided: Then and Now, and many television documentaries.
Maureen A. Ryan is a New York-based producer concentrating on narrative and documentary fea-ture films. She is co-producer of James Marsh's Man on Wire, winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary and the 2009 BAFTA for Best British Film. She is also the co-producer of Project Nim and the production advisor on the Netflix 10-part series Making a Murderer by Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi. She is co-executive producer of the television pilot Stanistan for USA Network / Univer-sal Cable Productions. She is the executive producer on The Penny Black, a nonfiction episodic series with a pilot episode already produced, and is the re-creations producer for both Johanna Hamilton's new feature documentary, 1971, and for Alex Gibney's feature documentary, Mea Maxima Culpa: Si-lence in the House of God. The author is also a producer of the independent narrative film BOMBER, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and won numerous film festival awards. Ryan's other producer credits include Red Flag, The Gates, Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway, The Team, The King, Torte Bluma, Last Hand Standing, and Wisconsin Death Trip. Additional awards have included a Peabody Award, three AICP Awards, a Billboard Award, a Freddie, a CMA Award, an ACM Award, 11 Addys, and 5 Tellys. Ryan is the Chair / Associate Professor of Columbia University's Graduate Film program and holds an MFA (Film) from Columbia's School of the Arts and a BA (Economics) from Boston College. Ryan has taught film seminars domestically and internationally in Toronto, Canada; Amman, Jordan; Beijing, China; Brussels, Belgium; and Kinshasa, Congo (on a Fulbright grant). The first edition of Producer to Producer has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. The companion website is

Michael Farris Smith has been awarded the Transatlantic Review Award, Brick Streets Press Short Story Award, a Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. He is a graduate of Mississippi State and the Center for Writers at Southern Miss. He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.

JESMYN WARD received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently a professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award, and Sing, Unburied, Sing, which won the 2017 National Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time and the author of the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. From 2008-2010, Ward had a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She was the John and RenΓ©e Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the 2010-2011 academic year. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Letters selected Ward for the Strauss Living Award. She lives in Mississippi.
Norma Watkins is professor emerita at Miami Dade College, where she taught, directed the Environmental Ethics Institute, and held an endowed chair. She teaches creative writing at the College of the Redwoods and is an essayist for the St. Petersburg Times.
Curtis Wilkie, Oxford, Mississippi, spent most of his career as a national and foreign correspondent for the Boston Globe. After his retirement, he joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi, where he teaches journalism and serves as a fellow at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. He is the author of three earlier books, including The Fall of the House of Zeus.


"To read this enchanting collection of reminiscences by some of my favorite fellow Mississippians about the state that each of us calls home causes me to reflect on the good fortune that has enabled me to spend my life here. These essays help to define more clearly the unique characteristics of this sometimes tormented and misunderstood but singularly alluring place called Mississippi. This volume presents a fascinating mosaic of diverse but shared memories about our cherished home state."

--Elise Winter, former first lady of Mississippi

"This endorsement of Coming Home to Mississippi, the recent homage to our beguiling state and the companion piece to the earlier collection, Growing Up in Mississippi, comes easily for me, because these thoughtfully chosen essays and rich words of remembrance remind us that our Mississippi is the most artful, soulful, southern place on earth. Charline McCord and Judy Tucker have once again brought us, through their sensitive editing process, bountiful written images that show we are resilient rascals, tenacious and quirky in our loyalty to family and sense of place, and that we will continue to return to our diverse and paradoxical Mississippi again and again."

--Malcolm White, director of tourism, Mississippi Development Authority