Write to the River

Have you ever felt inspired by the Mississippi? You're not alone. America's River has shaped the metro area both physically and culturally, inciting creative works for as long as us humans have been around.

Now FMR wants to know: What does the Mississippi River mean to you?

Quarterly, we're asking Mississippi Messages readers to submit short prose or poetry inspired by a stunning river photo by FMR volunteer photographer Tom Reiter.

Read the best selections below. And sign up for Mississippi Messages to receive notice of the next photo prompt.

Questions or comments? Please contact Write to the River Coordinator Leslie Thomas at writetotheriver@fmr.org.

Looking for more river stories? See our River Story Map featuring 25 stories of personal connection to the river in celebration of FMR's 25th anniversary year (2018).