"My writing became more authentic and descriptive when I came home. Living in Mississippi has given me more of a sense of purpose for writing about…
"As long as I have drive and purpose, I’m happy anywhere—on the bayou or in a busy city."
Poems by Jianqing Zheng and Photos by William Ferris
"Here I am nearly ten years later, with a Mississippi dog, a Mississippi house, a Mississippi husband, and a Mississippi baby in tow."
"Every time I leave the Delta, I am reminded how grateful I am for it. I guess that is the benefit of living many places, when you find where you…

February 2023

What happens when you love Mississippi, but Mississippi doesn't love you back?
"I don’t think there is much that could get me to go back. I feel like I spent too much time there and that whatever I do next needs to be going forward…
"I get tired, but the whole world is Mississippi. Where else could I possibly go for rest?"
Three poems by James Dickson
"Home is a place that supports you, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Mississippi has nourished me in a lot of ways, but it’s also quite burdensome."
"There’s a saying in my culture: A tree that is transplanted may die, and a person who is transplanted has a chance to survive."

January 2023

If I’m being honest, when someone asks me “Are you thinking of moving away from Mississippi?” the answer is usually, “yes.”