The founder with students and the two teaching artists for the workshopSonEdna celebrates and promotes the literary arts and writers of all genres and backgrounds in the Delta, in Mississippi, and the world.

Our programs and residencies support the development and creativity of diverse, divergent, and emerging writers. We champion the essential value of literature by providing a rich artistic and stimulating intellectual environment for writers and the public.

  • We value excellence and creativity
  • We value the art of writing and diversity of genres
  • We value established and emerging voices
  • We value the literary arts as an essential tool for the articulation of ideas
  • We value the vitality of contemporary writers
  • We value the wisdom of elders and the ingenuity of youth
  • We value our role as stewards of the environment and its connection to the creative process
  • We celebrate diverse literary voices
  • We celebrate the voices of the Mississippi Delta
  • We celebrate writers of the African Diaspora
  • We believe through thoughtful collaborations and partnerships we accomplish more
  • We believe the arts are the fabric of life
  • We believe in the power of story, poetry of the people, and the transformative gift of language