Mike Walker

Mike Walker is a journalist based in Savannah, Georgia who writes extensively for the Eastern European press as well as the American media. His work has appeared in Croatia Week, InSerbia, Coal Hill Review, Slate, SEE: A Fortnight in Review, The Moscow Times, Top-Soccer, Gently Read Literature, Valdosta Today, The Bold Italic, Untapped Cities, Goldenseal, and elsewhere. He is from Virginia originally and holds a BFA in Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art and Design where he currently is a student in the MFA program in Writing. He's also a nationally-certified coach in the sports of track and field, soccer, and basketball.

Charleston, South Carolina: The Enduring Charm of the Gem of the Colonies

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s tempting to say Charleston has come a long way since its humble beginnings, but the truth is it’s exactly where its founders planned for it to be all along

Gainesville’s Historic Pleasant Street Neighborhood

Gainesville, Florida

Segregated from the mainstream white areas, black American neighborhoods across the South developed into fully-formed townscapes, and there is no better example than Gainesville’s beautiful Pleasant Street

Black Traditions in the Architecture of the South

Gainesville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana

The architectural traditions of the American black community are a fascinating part of our collective history

MacClenny’s Heritage Village

MacClenny, Florida

What began as this small Southern town’s modest restoration of their train depot has grown into a full-scale reproduction of century-ago village life

Rural Churches of the South

Florida, Virginia, West Virginia

The South has some churches of superb architecture and stature that can stand next to any of the world. But our smaller, more typical churches, especially in rural areas, have a beauty and interest all their own.

Soul Food: The Heart of Southern Cuisine

Micanopy, Florida

While soul food, like all foodways, took cues from other inspirations, it can genuinely be considered America’s first original and most authentic cuisine

Calving in the South: A Winter’s Work

Sinks Grove, West Virginia; Live Oak, Florida

Beef and dairy are two of the leading agricultural pursuits in the American South, and young calves can bring serious money—while the winter their born in can bring serious challenges to a calf’s survival

Princeton’s Timely Creative Renaissance

Princeton, West Virginia

Ever since the coal industry changed, this coal-built mountain town has been mining it’s native spunk and creativity to add beauty on top of beauty

Christmas in Florida: Saint Augustine’s Festive Lights and Sights

Saint Augustine, Florida

Despite the lack of very conventional Christmas-y weather, Florida has plenty of Christmas traditions all its own

Preserves: The Soul of Summer in Southern Winters

Union, West Virginia

Southerners have long had to figure out means of providing ample food through the winter when food is scarce

The Winter Manatee and Manatee Springs State Park

Chiefland, Florida

Come winter, they come for the warm waters of Florida’s amazingly crystal-clear springs, these portly and lovable creatures from another world

The Southern Courthouse Square

Lake City, Florida; Pearisburg, Virginia; and Valdosta, Georgia

Why the courthouse square in the South and not a “village green”?