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On the Reinvention of Willie Morris

From Oxford Magazine, Oxford, Mississippi Reinventing Willie Aug 16, 2022 | Columns, Features, Jim Dees By: Jim Dees Reinventing Willie Oxford is known as a retirement destination but it’s also a place for those of any age to rebound from a crisis, tie up messy loose ends or reinvent yourself. Perhaps no one practiced this art better than the… Continue reading On the Reinvention of Willie Morris

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David Rae Morris reflects on father Willie in new book with forward by Kaylie Jones

Love, Daddy: Letters from My Father examines the complexities of father-and-son relationships through letters and photographs. Willie Morris wrote scores of letters to his only son, David Rae Morris, from the mid-1970s until Willie’s death in 1999. From David Rae’s perspective, his father was often emotionally disconnected and lived a peculiar lifestyle, often staying out carousing… Continue reading David Rae Morris reflects on father Willie in new book with forward by Kaylie Jones

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Generous estate gift from writers’ colony member

MARSHALL, Ill.—One final gift of $20,000 from the estate of noted author and playwright Jon Shirota, one of the last living members of the Lowney Handy Writers Colony (co-founded by From Here to Eternity author James Jones), has put a fitting exclamation mark at the end of his years of support for a creative writing… Continue reading Generous estate gift from writers’ colony member