They said
I speak
southern without an accent.

and, while growing up, I wasn’t sure that was a compliment or an insult to not be recognized by my place of origin. I like words, even if they give me trouble at times… taunting my head with just how to sort them out. In the end, words helped me find a way to express not only myself, but also create an avenue for others to be heard. My goal is not to take up too much of the space, but to also help pave the way for others to be heard.

Although my full time life is spent planning events at the University of Mississippi, establishing my own event consulting firm (Elevate Events // ElevateMyEvents.com), and pursuing an MBA, writing for publication fell into my lap in August 2019.

As I started to freelance for The Local Voice (TLV, Oxford, MS), I thought that would be it: an extra-curricular outlet to do something I love and get paid a little for it. Before long, I was heading up my own column (Heard That — covering food, restaurants, chefs, and events) and helping out with other things with the TLV, like the social media and pursuing my own story lines and beats when the opportunity to fill some inches arose.

COVID-19 hit me with a gift of time to attend to my writing. You can see some of that work here. After sending in a pitch deck and samples to DeSoto Magazine, they quickly gave me my first assignment, then my second, and I caught the bug. Pitch decks and seeking out zines and newspapers to write for became a regular passion of mine, leading me to here — a home for my writing and an invitation for you to engage with my words. If you have a story to tell, let me in on the secret. If you have felt moved by words I have left on the page, I’d love to hear about it.

Elizabeth Tettleton is a writer and poet, reared with a Mississippi, bible-belt upbringing. Her writing is raw and unyielding, yet demands discourse and continued conversation. A graduate of the University of Mississippi in Hospitality Management, and a current MBA student, she divides her time between writing, event planning (at Ole Miss and consulting through Elevate Events), classwork, family, and leading The Oxford Comma creative writing workshop in Oxford, MS. She also serves on the Mississippi Writer’s Guild Advisory Board and is a member of the Young Professionals of Oxford.