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Deesha Philyaw will work on her next project while teaching a graduate fiction workshop and an undergraduate workshop as the university’s 2022-23 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence. Photo courtesy Vanessa German

National Book Award Finalist Named 2022 Grisham Writer-in-Residence

Deesha Philyaw is helping develop ‘The Secret Lives of Church Ladies’ for HBO Max August 18, 2021 by Staff Report Acclaimed fiction writer Deesha Philyaw has been named the 2022-23 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Philyaw is the prize-winning author of the short story collection “The Secret Lives of Church […]


English professor and author Aimee Nezhukumatathil is set to deliver the keynote address for the university’s annual Fall Convocation at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss. Her ‘World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments’ is this year’s Common Reading Experience selection for the university. Submitted photo

Author Aimee Nezhukumatahil Set to Deliver Fall Convocation Keynote

Annual welcome for new and transfer students returns to in-person format Aug. 24 August 12, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith Aimee Nezhukumatathil, University of Mississippi English professor and award-winning author, will deliver the keynote address to the university’s first-year/transfer class Aug. 24 during the annual Fall Convocation. The in-person event begins at 7 p.m. in […]


Alumni Spotlight: Mary B. Sellers

These days, I’m working on a novel, teaching, and getting ready to apply to PhD Creative Writing programs. Without the absolutely fantastic English department (and its professors) at Ole Miss, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have in the past decade. I owe so much of who I am and what I’m […]


Brittney Reese 2021 Olympic Silver image

Brittney Reese Concludes Olympic Career, Takes Silver in Long Jump

Reese One of Three Women in World History to Earn Three Olympic Long Jump Medals August 3, 2021 By Ole Miss Sports Track and Field Alumna Brittney Reese (BA English 11), four-time Olympian and two-time NCAA Champion during her brief but superb career at Ole Miss, cemented herself as one of the greatest long jumpers […]


Sullivan-González Passes Baton to Next Generation of Leaders

Ethel Scurlock named interim dean of Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College July 20, 2021 By JB Clark Douglass Sullivan-González is almost as excited to return to the classroom as he is to see the next generation of leaders at the University of Mississippi‘s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College put their stamp on the prestigious program […]


47th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference

Conference to Explore Contributions of Mississippi Authors

Annual event includes biographers and friends of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright July 12, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith Renowned Mississippi authors William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright are the focus of the University of Mississippi‘s 47th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, being conducted virtually July 18-21. Focusing on the theme “Faulkner, […]


Faculty members from the UM College of Liberal Arts who have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year are (top, from left) Laura Dixon, Thái Hoàng Lê and Stephanie Miller, and (bottom, from left) Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sarah Hennigan and Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons.

Professors Honored for Creative Research

College of Liberal Arts faculty recognized during spring semester JUNE 28, 2021 BY STAFF REPORT Six faculty members in the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year. Four professors received the Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award for junior […]


Aimee Nezhukumatathil, professor of English and creative writing

Faculty Focus: Aimee Nezhukumatathil

A professor of English and creative writing at the University of Mississippi, Aimee Nezhukumatathil received the 2021 College of Liberal Arts Award in the Humanities. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling illustrated collection of nature essays and Kirkus Prize finalist, WORLD OF WONDERS: IN PRAISE OF FIREFLIES, WHALE SHARKS, & OTHER […]


A voracious reader, Bill Morrison’s lifetime of learning would not have been complete without a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, England, the birthplace of one his favorite writers, William Shakespeare.

Cultivating Knowledge

University Libraries to Receive Multimillion-Dollar Gift June 21, 2021 By Bill Dabney Ralph Vance tries to talk about the late Bill Morrison’s generosity to the University of Mississippi, but the words catch in his throat. “We’ve all been meeting and putting our heads together about how to do the right thing with this gift,  but […]


Three College of Liberal Arts professors at the University of Mississippi were recently recognized for their superior teaching. Photo by Logan Kirkland/ Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Exceptional Educators

College of Liberal Arts professors honored for excellence in teaching JUNE 17, 2021 BY STAFF REPORT The University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts recognized three professors for superior teaching at the end of the 2021 spring semester. Jason Solinger, associate professor of English, is the Howell Family Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Named after […]