Patricia Neely-Dorsey Is a True Reflection of a Mississippi Magnolia

Patricia Neely-Dorsey, author of Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poems invites you to travel with her down the Mississippi memory lane of exhilarating, inspiring and poignant accounts of what it was like growing up in the south. Whether or not you are a native Southerner, the down-home, spirit-filled poetry found within the pages of Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poems, contagiously titillates and tantalizes your sense of appreciation for southern living.

Patricia romances the pages of this book with a tapestry of nostalgia that reads like an autobiographical account of her life. Reminiscent of a time we dubbed as the “good ole days,” this book of poetry portrays pivotal events of a southern era, whether victorious or challenging, that clearly shaped our character and made us stronger. Like watching reels of old silent movies, these “remember when?” days may be gone, but with poets like Patricia Neely-Dorsey, memories of those days will unequivocally, never die.

Patricia says that she always considered herself a “Goodwill Ambassador” for Mississippi and the south. She believes that we can bridge many gaps of misunderstanding across regional, racial, cultural, generational and economic lines by simply telling and sharing our stories. She author hopes, through her writings, to have an intimate conversation with readers about the south, giving an up-close and personal view of the southern way of life.

Using poetic storytelling, she seeks to not only, entertain , but also, educate and enlighten, while helping to preserve the beautiful, rich southern culture, history and heritage that she knows, along with promoting and fostering an appreciation and understanding of the importance of cultural diversity, individuality, self expression and regional pride . Patricia describes her work as “folk poetry” attempting to preserve the culture and customs of everyday folks in everyday life.

Patricia Neely-Dorsey is a 1982 graduate of Tupelo High School in Tupelo, Mississippi. She 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, she returned to her hometown in August 2007. She currently lives in Tupelo with her husband James, son Henry, and Miniature Schnauzer, Happy. She is a proud, active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Patricia Neely-Dorsey’s Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poems is a true “celebration of the south and things southern.” The author states, “There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. In my book, using childhood memories, personal thoughts and dreams, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life. I try to show that there is much is more to Mississippi and the south than all of the negatives usually portrayed.”

To learn more about author Patricia Neely-Dorsey and where to purchase Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poems, you may visit the following sites:

You can also email Patricia at

Thanks so much for sharing your southern journey with us Patricia. Continue to be the Goodwill Ambassador for Mississippi by letting the world know about the true essence of your southern roots!


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