In the Loop Editor
In the preface of the book What Can We Do For Our Country?, author Angie Thomas wrote, "I foolishly hope that one day Mississippi will be known more for its literature than anything else." Many great authors have sprung from the soil of Mississippi – Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and John Grisham to name a few. The group Write for Mississippi, publishers of What Can We Do For Our Country?, encourages aspiring, young Mississippi writers to follow in the footsteps of these literary giants through creative writing workshops in local schools.
During the 2016-2017 school year, Grenada High School English teacher Angela Brown hosted one of the Write for Mississippi workshops in Grenada. The purpose of the organization is to use creative writing and storytelling to further the cause of community engagement, social justice, free speech, historical responsibility, and the ongoing search for truth and beauty in the state of Mississippi.
Brown's workshop, along with others in all 82 counties of Mississippi, posed the questions "What's a problem in your community? How could you try to fix it?" The workshops produced over 300 student submissions. From these 300 submissions, a small group of student work was selected for publication in the book What Can We Do For Our Country?
Two Grenada students, Dominic McClain and Naomi Wise, attended Brown's workshop and were chosen as contributors to the book's collection of stories and poems. The book is now in print. Congratulations to these newly published authors!