During her junior year of high school in Sumner, a small Mississippi Delta hamlet, Patti Carr Black could count her classmates by using less than 10 fingers. When the county schools consolidated the following year as West Tallahatchie High School, her 1951 graduating class was 30 students.
Marchita Mauck, a Columbus native, entered The W in 1960 with the intention of becoming an English and history major, a goal she pursued until her junior year. It was then she was assigned a student worker job in the art department and crossed paths with Professor Mary Evelyn Stringer. That meeting changed the course of her career—and her life.
Kyla Norwood is familiar with the term 'namaste'—the way of greeting another in the Indian Hindu culture. The 11-year-old also can you tell you a thing or two about saris, a drape commonly worn by women of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
If you want to be inspired, Leigh Pourciau's classroom at Germantown Middle School in Madison is the place to be. Students lucky enough to find themselves there often are surprised by their own talent as they grow in confidence and competence.
The room is decorated flawlessly: lush tablescapes, original art reflecting a well selected theme, candles, floral arrangements. It is an elegant setting for a 10-course meal, and it could easily be a fine restaurant in New York.
It is about 4 p.m. on a Monday evening and Quintara Wright is busy preparing dinner in the kitchen. The menu: beer braised country style pork ribs, roasted carrots and potatoes and baguettes.
January marks 10 years since the passing of Ruth Hart, professor emerita of Dance. She inspired W students from 1961-80 after living as a professional dancer in New York City and running a studio in Cleveland.
He arrived in 1988 to chair the then-Division of the Humanities. He was excited to be at The W.
All the cities you once knew are gone. Biloxi. Gulfport. Ocean Springs. The Gulf of casinos, water-fronted mansions, seafood restaurants, quickstop gas stations and grocery marts, destroyed and gone. In Michael Farris Smith's novel, "Rivers," (Simon & Schuster, Sept. 2013) the familiar Gulf landscape suffers an irreversible transformation, the product of unrelenting hurricanes and pounding rains that gather intensity and wreak destruction on both the physical and moral landscape.
John Grisham when he was "an emerging young writer." Elizabeth Strout before the Pulitzer Prize came for "Olive Kitteridge." Jesmyn Ward, not yet a National Book Award winner. Natasha Trethewey, twice before being named the nation's poet laureate.
And many more: Will Campbell, Larry Brown, Ellen Douglas, Clyde Edgerton, Ellen Gilchrist, Rick Bragg, Ann Patchett, Mark Childress, Nanci Kincaid, Clifton Taulbert, Lee Smith, John Dufresne, Hillary Jordan, Ace Atkins, Ron Rash, Brad Watson, Kaye Gibbons, Haven Kimmel, Lewis Nordan, Jill McCorkle, Al Young, Yusef Komunakaa.
And the grand lady for whom the series was named: Eudora Welty, a W alumna and herself a Pulitzer Prize-winner.
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