Travel Writing Workshop

I’m doing a workshop called The Art and Hustle of Travel Writing in Tubac, Arizona, from August 30th to September 2nd. I will be giving a brief overview of the genre, from Herodotus up to contemporary travel writers like Rory Stewart and Paul Theroux. I’ll cover observational skills and interview techniques. Developing an instinct for…

delta crime report

I’ve been harvesting odd stories and snapshots of life from the crime reports in the local papers here in the Mississippi Delta. Some criminals here have unusual names, like Fonda Fry Golden (contempt), Charles Dickens (domestic violence), or Kunte Kinta Blissett (contempt). Of the Delta newspapers, the Enterprise-Tocsin in Indianola does the best job with its…

that’s so delta

‘That’s So Delta!’ is the marketing slogan adopted by the town of Greenwood, Mississippi. I think of it every time I see a camo golf cart, or drive past the dentist with the Coca-Cola sign. When a fifteen year old girl goes into wailing labor in the clothing aisle of Wal Mart: that’s so Delta.…

Road trip USA: Mississippi

‘Nowhere on Earth is more American than the Mississippi delta’, according to journalist and author Richard Grant, which is why he decided to make it his home. In search of the spirit of the Deep South, he takes us on a road trip exploring the eccentricities of the region, from the lobby of the famous…