Write On, Mississippi! is a conversational podcast bringing you an intimate look into the minds of some of America’s most admired authors. Listen in on host Ebony Lumumba’s fun and enlightening conversations with Jesmyn Ward, Jon Meacham, Marshall Ramsey, Angie Thomas and Ron Nixon among other beloved writers.
"The podcast extends the life of the book festival into year-round programming, allowing book lovers the gift of listening to instead of reading from their favorite authors,” said Holly Lange, Mississippi Book Festival director. “Each episode will be like having a cup of coffee at your favorite bookstore with an author."
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The Mississippi Book Festival — the South’s literary lawn party — and Mississippi Public Broadcasting are partnering to produce a binge-worthy literary podcast that goes beyond the pages of new and favorite books. Make plans to attend the 2019 Mississippi Book Festival on August 17 at the State Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi.
“Writers, books, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting go hand-in-hand. We are thrilled to partner with the Mississippi Book Festival to help produce and distribute this important podcast for book lovers everywhere,” said Gregg Mayer, MPB chief operating officer. “Write On, Mississippi! will feature interviews with best-selling and well-known authors, and there will be compelling conversations with Mississippi writers that will help share Mississippi’s literary story with the rest of the world.”
Lumumba is the chair and an assistant professor of the English Department at Tougaloo College where she teaches courses in global and American literature. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Mississippi. Lumumba was named the Eudora Welty Research Fellow in 2013 and Tougaloo’s Humanities Teacher of the Year in 2014. She recently published “The Matter of Black Lives in American Literature: Eudora Welty’s Non-Fiction and Photography.”