who spent her childhood in rural Jones County, Mississippi, is a
professional writer and the executive director of the Columbus Arts
Council. Additionally, she is a freelance travel writer who, for
more than a decade, has written articles about places and people
for more than 100 newspapers, magazines, and travel publications,
including The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Dallas
Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and many
She co-wrote with
Lisa Monti The Insiders Guide to Mississippi, whose
first edition appeared in 1994. This travel guide tells what Mississippi
has to offer in attractions, events, history, business and industry,
restaurants, hotels, retirement, arts and culture, shopping, sports
and recreation, and features in-depth overviews of the states
different regions and interesting towns.
Over the past few years, Higginbotham has
written the chapters about Mississippi for fiften Fodors travel
publications sold throughout the U.S.A., Canada, and the United
Kingdom, including Fodors The South for 1993, 94,
and 96; Fodors USA (two issues); Bed &
Breakfast and Country Inns, The South (three editions); Fodors
Great American Vacations for Travelers with Disabilities;
She also has written the scripts
of award-winning videos for cities and towns. In 1997, she and Tom
Hatcher co-wrote a play, Mississippi Music and Memories,
as a Columbus Arts Council project. The play, a dinner theater,
was performed to sold-out audiences throughout its six-night run.
She also wrote two plays, in 1995 and 1996, for the Columbus Junior
Auxiliarys popular Pilgrimage Pageant Ball, which is the major
fundraiser for JAs charitable projects.
Higginbotham was awarded the 1994
Mississippi Governors Travel Media Award for Travel Writing,
and she won a Governors Award for Tourism Achievement in 1986.
Before she moved back to her native state in 1981, she worked for
television stations and public relations firms in Shreveport and
(Article first posted May
Related Links & Info
Columbus Convention &
Columbus Historic Foundation
Columbus/Lowndes Economic Development
- (with Tom Hatcher.) Mississippi Music and Memories.
- (with Lisa Monti.) The Insiders Guide to Mississippi.
1st edition. Gulfport, MS: Gulf Publishing Co. Inc. 1994.
- Marvelous Old Mansions and Other Southern Treasures.
Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 2000.
- Reflections: Homes and History of Columbus, Mississippi.
Photography by Mark Coffey. Columbus, MS: Eugene B. Imes, 2001.
- Grits & Greens & Mississippi Things. Columbus,
MS: Parlance, 2002.
- Time Passages. Columbus, MS: Parlance, 2003.
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