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The Mississippi Gulf Coast Writers Association's


Featured Writer

~ Carolyn Files ~

 Oak Ridge, Louisiana




Carolyn Files lives on the last two acres of property her grandmother bought in 1905 in Oak Ridge, Louisiana. It’s a most appropriate two acres, for it was the barnyard area to the ten-acre plot where Carolyn’s father and eight siblings grew up.

Today only a couple of goats are in the pasture, but there have been four horses, another goat, and a calf who called the pasture home. Throw in five dogs and twenty cats for the rest of the family. An English major mother, a lawyer-father, and a favorite aunt who wrote for The Hartford Times influenced Carolyn’s writing interests.

For several years Carolyn wrote for Louisiana Road Trips, a monthly magazine out of West Monroe, Louisiana. Her articles have appeared in such magazines as Western Mule Magazine and Mules and More Magazine. 2016 found Carolyn’s poem, July Heat, winning the rhyming poems category of the Writer’s Digest annual contest.


Dominique You

I tell you, those Laffitte boys were a pair to work with.
Met them after I returned from Santo Domingo where a little slave uprising needed squelching.
They offered me a job I couldn’t refuse—captain of the “Le Pandour,” a right nice French Corsair.
Life wasn’t always bootlegging, making our way through Barataria Bay or hiding in Mulatto Bayou.
Pierre called New Orleans home, but his white-columned house in Waveland was a quiet retreat.
We pirates could catch our breath here, playing cards, looking out over the Gulf.
Pierre was a good host—best of what we pillaged furnished that house.
And Jean, Jean kept us entertained with his tales of thievery.
Those were some good times smuggling with my crew; got in a pickle when we ended up in jail, though.
Jean made a deal with Andy Jackson, getting us out to help fight the Battle of 1815.
We fought with such courage and skill, charges against us were dropped.
My political days in New Orleans weren’t so different from pirating; took a little her, a little there.
And hoped I wouldn’t get caught.
Yessir, I can say I’ve had a good life.


July Heat

Bodies, shake, rattle, and roll to the good gospel beat,

Keeps the heat in the pews as the Good News is preached.

And corn tassels sway in the breeze.

Jerry Lee can be found at the hottest spot in town,

Bopping to the boogie beat of the best juke joint around.

Haney’s ain’t church, but the Spirit moves there too.

Shaking, rattling to a good Black beat, can’t keep your seat,

Taking it to the street.

Passed the fish market—could they feed the masses as Jesus did?

On passed Jo-Jo’s Spirit and Wine, mighty fine, bought by the case,

No faith to change water into wine in this place.

And corn tassels sway in the breeze.

Cousin Jimmy preached the Gospel to save the rest,

He himself became possessed, laid his hands, and then caressed,

Shouted out “I’m coming, Lord,”

And corn tassels sway in the breeze.

Mickey went to Palestine, hoping he could make a dime.

Mechanical bulls were all the rage, while someone sang up on a stage.

Boot scootin’ booties scooched up to the bar, hoping a cowboy could take them far.

Ferriday, what have you lost, what have you gained?

While corn tassels sway in the breeze.


With Love and Wet Kisses

by Paul E LaViolette

The Wagon Ride

by W. Michiel Hawkins

The Second Generation
by Terry I Miles
Mans Best Friend
by Bruce Wayne Sullivan

Dusty Pages
by Michael Gardebled

One Last Dance

Ayleene Thompson

Purple Passion

by Elva Avara

Holiday Poetry
by Patty Butkovich

Isle of Enchantment

by Henry Heitmann

The Guarantor

by Jay Waitkus

The Coffee House Dinner

by Shannon Rule

Sevan Laws of the Universe
by Linda Eschler

In the Garden

by Celine Rose Mariotti

The Devine Secret

by Mary Ann Sharp

Florida Has Cute Boys

by Lucy Jane Dixon

Roll 'Em, Roll 'Em, Roll 'Em

by Annie B McKee

Baptizing in the Pond

by Fred Prince

Dream World

by Alice Fitchie

Kidnapping of Charlie Rose

by Michael Groetsch

A Southern Baptist Courtship

by Karen Blakeney

Hand Prints

by Joe Brooks


by Elena Ahrens

Something Happened-Cross

by Ed Hennessy

Love Hurts

by Bob Struthers

Veteran's Day

by Brenda Finnegan

by Kristina Mullenix


by Harold McLelland

Up From the Grave

by Betty Wilson Beamguard

Late Edition

by Dixon Hearne

Born Again Christmas Believer

by Elaine Stevens


by Nelda R. Broom

by Douglas Crotty

Archeologist Ruins Labrador

by John Freeman

Mom's Not Chummy With Fish

by Kristen Twedt

Pelham’s Sat. Morning Frolics

by R. F. Marazas

Old Mule Named Blue

by Charles Riley McInnis

On Being A Woman

by Victoria Olsen

In the Fine Print

by Philip Levin

Waiting for Barley Soup

by D. H. Clair

A Duet
by Andrew Badger
by Lewis Stockham
by Jane Blanchard
The Day the Music Ended
by Connie Rainey
by Dixon Hearne
You Gotta Be Kidding Me
by Sharon C. Walker
Run, Redneck, Run
by Sam Irwin


by Judy Davies

Dixieland Murder
by Teresa Lynn
by Elaine McDermott
Afternoon Conversation
by Meg Peresich
The Girl with the Bluebird Tattoo
by Lenny Emmanuel
Ruby Silver (excerpt)
by Randall Reneau
Apple Tree Tavern
by Mary Ellen Gavin
by Frank DeCanio
Excerpt from "Gabe"
by Sue Monkgress
Nevermore, Once Again
by Charles Jones
Days of the Week
by Mandy B. Fernandez

We Went Skydiving...
by Frank Wilem

A Good Girl
by Johnnie Bernhard
by Poppy Herrin
Excerpt from Bounty Hunters
by Melanie Atkins
In An Enemy's Country
by Jim Fraiser