The silent purrs of their pens grew into a roar that transformed the literary world. They are literature’s lions. If you’re among their fans, you won’t want to miss the open-book-shaped markers along the Mississippi Writers Trail that highlight the hometowns and sites that were pivotal to Mississippi’s native sons and daughters—those whose names will live on forever through their award-winning literary works.
Launched in 2018, the Mississippi Writers Trail features the stories of some of America’s greatest storytellers. The first marker was placed at the Jackson home of Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty, who let readers explore and experience her home state by using its small towns and rural landscapes as the settings of her books. Since then, markers also have been placed at sites that were important in the lives of Faulkner, Williams, Percy and a half-dozen other important authors—from the historic to the contemporary. The most recent marker placed in Centreville educates trail-followers on the life and works of Anne Moody, whose frank and heartbreaking 1968 memoir Coming of Age in Mississippi made her a powerful force in the civil rights movement.
Future trail markers will honor writers like National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, and a committee of literary scholars continues to identify additional authors for recognition on the Mississippi Writers Trail. Just like a great book that you can’t put down, this story is still unfolding page by page.