Later, I learned that C. Liegh's an expert on Prince, producing the book The Lyrics of Prince: A Literary Look At a Creative, Musical Poet, Philosopher and Storyteller (1997, 2000, 2007). He's published essays, short stories, and volumes of poetry. When I went off to graduate school at Pennsylvania State University, one of my connections to the South and specifically Mississippi was C. Liegh's Psychedelic Literature newsletter.
Over the years, I recall C. Liegh mentioning books and authors that are especially important to black folks in Mississippi, so I asked him to contribute to our podcast series, Remarkable Receptions.
Given some recurring, overly simplistic views of Mississippi, C. Liegh points out why Afro-Mississippians hold Richard Wright’s Black Boy, Margaret Walker Alexander’s Jubilee, and John Oliver Killens’s ‘Sippi in high regard.