Background Image Alternative Text: Eudora Welty
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What is Story State?

Story State: Fostering Innovative Storytelling

Story State: Fostering Innovative Storytelling is for anyone who wants to learn more about the power of stories. The entertaining and educational event invites writers, filmmakers, communication practitioners, and others who can help the audience understand how to craft better stories and use stories to achieve their communication goals. The event culminates in awards in three categories (written, oral, and film) for college and university students from across the state. Story State is open to the public, and we hope that students, scholars, communication practitioners, artists, and community members will join us for this and future Story State events.

Special Thanks to Those Who Made Story State 2022 Happen

Story State 2022 would not have happened without the support, time, and effort of many people. We would like to thank some of those people below: 

Terry Likes and the Communication Department at Mississippi State University 

The 2022 Story State Planning Committee members: Victoria Bailey, Anna Blount, Josh Foreman (Chair), Tonya Hays, and Kevin Williams

Story State 2022 was made possible in part by the Mississippi Humanities Council under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Kala LeGrand and Silas Knox, who helped greatly with the grant application process 

The northeast chapter of the Public Relations Society of Mississippi 

Steve Soltis, who put together the wonderful presentation on Mississippi fiddle music with Harry Bolick 

Matthew McClung, who built the Story State website 

John Forde and Steve Soltis, who years ago hatched the idea of a story-focused event at Mississippi State University, and brought the "New Narrative" festival into existence. 

Our presenters and their organizations: Genesis Be, Harold "Doc" Comby and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Harry Bolick, Anne Martin and Barbara Pope of Joe's Hot Tamale Place in Rosedale, Miss., Haley Montgomery and Small Pond Graphics, Lynn Oldshue and, Gabe Smith and Starkville Community Theatre, Quentin Smith and WLBT 

Sid Salter, Karyn Brown, and the Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University 

The Library of Congress, Internet Archive, Creative Commons, New York Public Library, Boston Public Library, US Department of Agriculture, and Rijksmuseum