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.