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Richelle Putnam

Richelle Putnam is the Arts Project Director for The Montgomery Institute.  She is also a Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) Teaching Artist/Roster Artist (Literary), a Mississippi Humanities Speaker, and a 2014 MAC Literary Arts Fellow. She writes for Mississippi Magazine, Town & Gown Magazine, Eat. Drink. MISSISSIPPI, Parents & Kids Magazine and more. Her YA biography, The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty (The History Press, April 2014), received the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Silver Medal. She is also the author of Lauderdale County, Mississippi; a Brief History (The History Press, 2011) and co-author of Legendary Locals of Meridian, Mississippi (Arcadia Publishing 2013). Her book Mississippi: The Depression Years (The History Press) is due to be released in late 2017. Her writing and songwriting awards include international competitions such as Writers Digest, New Millennium Writing Awards, World Wide Writers, Writers Journal, Song of the Year, Songwars, Billboard, and American Songwriter Magazine. Her mission as a writer and teaching artist is to help children see the beauty of words and to realize their power.