The Magnolia Literacy Project's mission is to offer a platform for Mississippians to showcase literary talent, build identity, and represent community. We publish the work of writers, artists, and other influencers. While our Literacy Shapers blog spotlights professionals across the state, our highest priority is to youths, ages 14-24. We promote their work on two blogs: Black Magnolias with Voices & Seen AND Heard. We also provide mentoring, virtual writing workshops, and portfolio-building services. There are no submission fees or participation costs. If you are interested in contributing to our cause, click the "donate" button. We appreciate your support!

Congratulations to poet, Erica Barnes, a tenth grader at Monticello High School! After Erica’s poems about racial injustice were published by The Magnolia Literacy Project, she was invited to  speak at Delta State University’s “Winning the Race” virtual conference. Winning the Race aims to engage not only Delta State’s campus in promoting racial healing but the community at large, including Mississippi's high school students . Great job, Erica!

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"Writing is how I show the world my point of view. For the longest, I was too shy to speak up for myself, so I let my writings do it for me. It was a way to give the world a glimpse inside of my soul.

It was very rewarding to know that my thoughts were important enough to be published by The Magnolia Literacy Project. I felt vulnerable, but it was an exciting experience. I’m extremely grateful to The Magnolia Literacy Project for giving me a confidence in my writing like never before."

 

--Hannah Jackson