Our Story

The founder with students and the two teaching artists for the workshopSonEdna believes that people empowered through the literary arts discern, decide, and design with greater authority, clarity, understanding, and compassion.  Founded in 2006 by Myrna Colley-Lee, SonEdna brings together writers to present and interact with the public, with each other and with students in a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship.

SonEdna celebrates established and emerging artists with programs including salon presentations, fellowships, writing workshops for young people, school presentations, writer round table discussions, peer critical review for emerging writers, residencies and retreats for established writers, literary showcases and dramatic staged readings of literary works.  Featured writers have included Hurston-Wright Award-winner Clyde W. Ford; soap opera star and best-selling memoirist Victoria Rowell; historian and journalist, Lerone Bennett; veteran award winning literary artist, Ntozake Shange; National Book Award-finalist Patricia Henley; National Poetry Series-winner Tyehimba Jess; Denise Nicholas with her literary debut and Edgar Award winning playwright, Ifa Bayeza.

The Mississippi Delta has a long history as a nurturing ground for writers. SonEdna furthers that tradition and celebrates the literary arts today.