Welcome to Braggsville: Old Times There Are Not Forgotten

For years, Uncle Charles had rhapsodized about our Snell family roots in tiny Oconee, Georgia, stop #14 on the Central of Georgia Railroad between Macon and Savannah. Oconee (population 280) is the heart of Georgia and site of the Civil War Battle of Ball’s Ferry at the Oconee River Bridge. When I decided I wanted […]

Literary Day Trips: Close to Home, Easy on the Wallet

Back at Christmas and New Years, I introduced you to two of our pages, author signings and writing groups. Today, I’ve posted an excerpt from our Georgia Authors’ Homes & Museums page. For the complete list, click on the heading, in red, on the top right hand corner of this page. Consider starting with the link […]

2015: The Year of the Writer (You)

Quick–how many people do you know that are writing a book? I’ve lost count. Back when I started serious revisions to my own manuscript, I found it very helpful to join a critique group. Writers helping other writers–that’s what this page today is all about. It’s an excerpt (a very short excerpt) of the full […]

Crossing the Divide: New Vessel Press

Someone’s coming from the other world, Hiss of night rain. Someone’s going there now. The two are sure to meet. –Ko Un (from Poetry: The Translation Issue, November 2014) Ko Un’s poem perfectly illustrates to me how translated works help us cross the divide between cultures to get to where “The two are sure to […]

Beyond Yoknapatawpha: Oxford, Mississippi

Last Tuesday I wrote about my pilgrimage to Rowan Oak, Faulkner’s home in Oxford, but there’s more to Oxford than Faulkner.  Below are some suggestions if you’re thinking of paying a visit. Out from town 1. Blue Creek Cabin: a 19th century log cabin located north of Oxford, disassembled and moved from Tennessee. My friend Claudia and […]

On the Southern Literary Trail: Yoknapatawpha County

 I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it… –William Faulkner Faulkner’s little postage stamp was his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, immortalized as Jefferson, located in Yoknapatawpha County. Yoknapatawpha, from the Chickasaw yocona petopha, meaning water runs slow through […]