VIDEO: Jay Mitchell on Moving to Oxford

Hotty Toddy History: Jay Mitchell – Moving to Oxford

Jay Mitchell was born in 1941 near the small Mississippi Delta town of Crowder. His family moved to Oxford in 1946. He has had many of what he calls his “Campfire Short Stories” published in several Southern magazines.

Jay Mitchell is a regular contributor to The Oxford SO & SO. He is a local oral historian who grew up in Oxford. As a child, he remembers interacting with William Faulkner. 

By Mykki Newton

Newton is an Emmy and Telly Award-winning journalist/producer/director who spent 13-years as a television anchorman and reporter, 10-years as an actor and nearly a lifetime as a filmmaker. In the 1980s she studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Actor’s Studio in New York.

Newton’s producing and directing credits include the documentary shorts Wrestlemania, The Oxford Eagle and the Emmy Award-winning, Learning to Fly, a two-part series about skydiving she wrote, produced and directed while an anchor/reporter at WPTY in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2012 her feature-length documentary, The Coal Shoot, the story of a Mississippi Delta community on the verge of extinction was nominated for a Peabody Award.

Mykki Newton is currently a filmmaker, film historian, and staff member at The Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi.


  1. I want to sincerely thank Dr. Norton and Mykki, I thought that they were interested in my Faulkner manuscript, I was not prepared for what happened.
    When I met Dr. Norton that day, his first remark was, “Mr. Mitchell, you have lived an interesting life, haven’t you ?”
    I thought that he was making reference to the fact that I had a few encounters with William Faulkner as I was growing up in Oxford. I had no idea that he wanted to hear my life story.
    I can not wait to see what else I said.
    Thank you Richard Burns and Dr. Ed Meek.

    • I do not know who, Mr. E.R. Locke is, but if this is old Richard Locke, Mayor of Alfaba—I have never ever heard anyone call you Mr.—“splan yo self”.


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