Patricia Neely-Dorsey

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Patricia Neely-Dorsey is 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. 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.

Patricia currently lives in Tupelo with her husband James, son Henry and miniature schnauzer, Happy. She is a 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! I believe that we can
bridge many gaps of misunderstanding across regional,
racial, cutural, generational and economic lines by
simply telling/sharing our stories."

Patricia travels all around the state speaking at schools, churches, libraries and various civic organizations, delivering the message of a positive Mississippi and a positive southern experience.

Patricia's first book of poetry, Reflections of a "Mississippi Magnolia - A Life In Poems", was published in February, 2008 by Grant House Publishers.

"You are sure to chuckle and laugh outloud, at times, and maybe even shed a crocodile tear or two. But, you are most certain to relive, if only in your mind, some of your own most beautiful childhood memories. Whether from North, East, South or West, you will be able to relate to some of the simple joys of times past."

Her second book, "My Magnolia Memories and Musings - In Poems" was published in February 2012.

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