The Delta kids were much more independent. They knew how to work hard, and they knew how to play hard. They kind of scared me.
As the years have gone by, I've befriended many a person who grew up in the Delta. Folks from Yazoo City, Greenwood, Greenville, Clarksdale, Itta Bena, Indianola and Cleveland. I've been in their homes through the years, and one common denominator with all of them is that they always have copies of Delta Magazine laying around.
I started reading Delta a few years back. I picked one up on a visit to the Shack Up Inn and I've been reading it ever since. The articles are great--smart, informative, interesting and entertaining. I already had a good feel of the Delta through the people I've gotten to know who are from the area, but it was the pages of Delta Magazine that I learned more about what the Delta is all about.
A couple of years ago, I contacted Melissa Townsend, the Editor-in-Chief of Delta Magazine. I already wrote for the The Delta Business Journal, another publication in the Coopwood Magazines, Inc. umbrella. I told Melissa I loved the magazine and I'd really love to write for her. She gave me an assignment, and I've been writing ever since!
Melissa tends to give me assignments about Delta artists, which is great, because they are usually the most interesting people to write about, and I am a big lover of art. One of my favorite articles I've written for Delta Magazine was about several up-and-coming Delta artists. Entitled "Young at Art," it ran last November.
This month's issue is a favorite. I love fall, and this one just exudes all that is wonderful about the season.