Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I have never been shy about my love of Mississippi. I mean, how can you not love a state with all those hump-backs and crooked letters right in its name?

Mississippi is home to lovely people and beautiful land and such a great art and literary heritage. I'm always super-excited when my travels take me there. And now I have a few new reasons to love Mississippi:

1. LEAVING GEE'S BEND has been named a 2013 Magnolia Choice Award nominee! I'll be Skyping with some young Mississippi reader later this month. Thank you, Mississippi!

2. I will be presenting along with Robyn Hood Black and April Halprin Wayland (and a slew of Southern Breeze SCBWI members) at Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival in Hattiesburg this spring! This could be my favorite festival of the whole year. Yes, it's that good!

3. I recently had a poem accepted for publication entitled "Early Morning Drive Along the Mississippi Sound." (More on this later.)

Oh, and if you haven't had a chance, there's still time to enter the Fandango gift card giveaway over at Smack Dab in the Middle... that's right: $25 for some lucky commenter! Good luck. xo


  1. I love the southern grace of Mississippi
    Congrat Irene...

  2. Congratulations Irene! Your book festivals sound terrific, & you get to be with Robyn & April, too, at least at one. I suspect that Mississippi is beautiful, all that rain!

  3. Congrats Irene! And yay Mississippi!!

  4. You make me want to come to Mississippi, Irene, Alabama, too! And the book festival with Robyn and April sounds divine. It was so nice to meet you at NCTE at the poetry session and dinner with Janet Wong and everyone else who was with us. I can't wait to read your books and more of your blog. Janet F.

  5. As an SCBWI member in MS, I say welcome to all who want to visit, and thanks to the lovely Irene for shining her light here. I hope to get to the Festival for the first time in 2013.

  6. Congratulations! Happy Dance to Mississippi!


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