Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tornados Strike Mississippi during our Mississippi Writers Guild Meeting!

Yesterday I went with members of the Meridian chapter of the Mississippi Writers Guild to our state meeting in Clarksdale. I was anxious about going because weather reports warned about possible tornados, damaging winds and large hail. We decided to wait for another group to follow us, causing us to leave an hour and 20 min. later than we had planned. We went through a few sprinkles and a mild rain before getting to the library where our meeting was held. The winds were fierce, however, almost blowing me off the sidewalk into the street while walking back to the car. On our way home, just before we got to Kosciusko, there were crews who had just removed trees off the road. There must have been a tornado there while we were in the meeting! Entire trees and trees with their tops twisted off lay on each side of the road and far back into the woods on each side, also. Reports claimed there was a mile wide tornado in Vicksburg, one in Yazoo City and one not too far from my home in the Chunky-Meehan area. There were 10 killed including 3 children, along with many injured. The tornado in my area only damaged a church. See this eerie picture in the Meridian Star is of an undisturbed table setting beside an entire wall ripped apart in that church:

On the bright side, God was looking out for us and I was elected Mississippi Writers Guild Secretary!

From left: Richelle Putnam, outgoing President and Found of MWG; June Davis Davidson, Treasurer; Dr. Virginia Schafer, 2nd Vice-President; Ralph Gordon, President; Robert Ray, 1st Vice-President; and Wynne Huddleston Alexander, Secretary.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book Release for the Delta Blues Anthology

March 26-27 I attended our Mississippi Writers Guild (Delta Chapter) release party and book signing of the "Delta Blues Anthology" which benefits Morgan Freeman's literacy foundation, Rock River, thanks to the publisher, Tyrus Books. I had my picture made with Morgan Freeman! He took my iPhone after the picture and said, "That light is bad, let's take it again over there." That was so sweet, especially as there was a huge crowd lined up for photos.

Our guild also gave a $1,000 scholarship to a high school delta student who will major in the literary field, and awards were given for a student writing contest. The author pre-release party was at Cutrer's mansion where we met the authors (alas, John Grisham didn't make it) and had a tour of the mansion (of William Faulkner fame) including a ghost story. We had a blast at his Ground Zero Blues Club, and ate at his restaurant Madidi's. If you go to Clarksdale you must also check out the Cat Head Music/Book Shop. Here's an article about the book release if you are interested.

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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren.