My name is Patricia Neely-Dorsey. I am a 1982 graduate of Tupelo High School in Tupelo, Mississippi... located in the beautiful red clay "Hills" of Mississippi..and yes, the birthplace of Elvis Presley. I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. After living for almost 20 years in Memphis, Tennessee, working in the mental health field, I returned to my hometown in August 2007. My first book of poetry, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia- A Life In Poems was published in February, 2008 (Grant House Publishers). My second book , My Magnolia Memories and Musings -In Poems was published in February 2012.
I currently live in Tupelo with my husband James,son Henry,and Miniature Schnauzer, Happy. I am a proud, active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,an avid reader and passionate writer.
I have always considered myself a "Goodwill Ambassador" for Mississippi and the south. In college my nicknames were Tupelo and Mississippi. Whenever my friends saw me coming, they knew that there would be some type of discourse about Mississippi and the south soon to follow...hoping to clear up their many misconceptions and preconceived notions. ...Yes, we DO have shoes in Mississippi.We might not wear them all of the time...but we do have them!(LOL)
I believe that we can bridge many gaps of misunderstanding across regional, racial, cutural, generational and economic lines by simply telling/sharing our stories. Miguel Algarin said, "When I see what you see, the distance between us disappears."
I travel all around my state speaking at schools, churches, libraries and various civic organizations, delivering the message of a positive Mississippi and a positive southern experience....According to me, one of the best places to live in ALL of the world is POSITIVELY MISSISSIPPI !!! (smile)
Patricia Neely-Dorsey - Author / Poet/ Speaker
MISSISSIPPI GOODWILL AMBASSADOR
live in ALL of the world is POSITIVELY MISSISSIPPI !!! (smile)
Whether from North, East, South or West you will be able to relate to some of the simple joys of times past.
QUOTABLE:The best of a book is not the thought(s) which it contains, but the thought(s) which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.--Oliver Wendell Holmes
PND: This book is one that is sure to be felt in the deep recesses of your heart.
I try to paint beautiful pictures of Mississippi and the South..with words...for all to see and enjoy.
I believe that poetry should be assessable,readable,and enjoyable for all ages. I think that Reflections fits that description. With it's simple language and relatable themes, it can be read ,enjoyed and understood by readers of all ages 8 to 80 (and beyond). There is definitely something in Reflections for everyone.
Many of my poems are rhyming poems. It is very sad to me that the "Modern Poetry " movement has, in many ways, tried to totally disregard, dismiss and discredit rhyming poems in general in this era,considering that the rhyming poems of the past have been the most remembered, most recited and memorized poems over the past hundreds of years. The rhyming poems have been the ones, for generations that school children have been given to learn. The rhyming poems are the ones that have been so frequently repeated and referred to in acceptance and motivational speeches. The rhyming poems have been the ones that have captivated the hearts of the general poetry lover. Now, rhyming poems have been labeled by so many in academia as "hobby poetry"....so sad. Can you actually find a more famous or move beloved poem than Edgar Allan Poe's rhyming poem "Annabelle Lee"? Are there any more beautiful poems than the many rhyming poems of Emily Dickinson?
Thank you so much for bringing your wit, charm and personality to the world. I was raised in rural NY and am so drawn to country living, farms, etc. Your poems take me back to that place of comfort. The south is definitely different than the north but the emotions and feelings of a sweet childhood are all there. Thank you so much!
"Read and re-read your book just because it makes me smile."
Margaret Duncan Montgomery-Pontotoc, MS
"Thank you for such uplifting poetry to treasure forever"
Thanks for taking up for Mississippi. People outside the state that have listened to the negative "stuff" about us are amazed how different the story is once they visit/stay. Yes, we have problems like the rest of the country, but due to some of our terrible negative past, ours get magnified where other states are sometimes overlooked. Thanks for all that you do to make things better for all of us that now unashamedly and proudly call ourselves Mississipians.
Bobby -Fulton, MS
Your book showed me how to appreciate the South in a way that I never knew possible.
Rick Giles Hatzidakis-Santa Barbara, CA
JP: What sets Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia apart from other collections of poetry?
PND: I think that all poetry is very unique and individual like a fingerprint because of where it comes from. Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia is a collection that essentially chronicles my whole life up until this present time. The book includes poems about things that happened to my parents before I was born, my early childhood growing up in Mississippi, my college years in Boston, meeting my husband on a blind date, love, marriage, my son, and thoughts about mid-life…where I am now ( the Fabulous Forties). Specifically, it is my life in poems. Generally, it is a true celebration of the south and things southern. One reader called it a “love letter to the South”
PND: That’s funny. I don’t really have a process. I just write the poems down as they come. That can be at any time and any place (very often in my car). The entire process from writing my first poem (Feb 2007) to the actual publication of the book (Feb 2008) took exactly one year. The actual publication process which included the submission of the poems, editing, proofing, cover design, and all that took less than two months. The poems was submitted the first week of January 2008 , all of the appropriate changes and additions were done and the book arrived at my door February 22, 2008
"Patricia is a wonderful ambassador for Mississippi . This book is truly a work of love!
Tupelo author visits Northwest
By LaJuan Tallo| 5/6/09
Mississippi author Patricia Neely-Dorsey of Tupelo came to the R.C. Pugh Library on the Senatobia campus of Northwest Mississippi Community College to sign her new book, “Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poetry,” on May 5.
Neely-Dorsey read from her poetry and answered questions at the gathering. The book is a celebration of the South and all things Southern.
"Patricia is a wonderful ambassador for Mississippi and her book is truly a labor of love."
|Poetry Reading/Booksigning Clarksdale Carnegie Library|
Savvy Bookclub- Author Meet and Greet/Booksigning-April 2009
Willie Morris Library Jackson,MS
Mississippi poet, Patricia Neely-Dorsey, is a wonderful ambassador for Mississippi and this book is truly a labor of love!
Poetry Reading/Book signing Okolona Carnegie Library