Many famous writers were born in Mississippi or have spent an important part of their lives in the state. Some of these Mississippi writers are world famous while others are up-and-coming authors.  They have been researched and presented on this site. Mississippi also has a unique musical heritage, and  musicians who are native to Mississippi or who have spent a significant part of their lives in the state of Mississippi are also included. Their music may be blues, country, classical, gospel, rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, R & B, rap,  or popular. In addition, well-known visual and graphic artists (whether they work with traditional media or are experimenting with new forms and materials) who live in Mississippi or have spent part of their lives in the state have been added as well as the Mississippians who listed under actors who act, dance, direct, or sing and have made a name for themselves in movies, television, and stage.  All have contributed to the literary and cultural heritage of Mississippi.