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.

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”?

Farm and Fashion: How Thomasville Became a “New South” Leader

Thomasville, Georgia

With a solid, visible, and organic connection to its past, this New South city always seems to be one innovative step ahead as well

Savannah’s Unconquerable Urban Core

Savannah, Georgia

The city Sherman spared has also had the sense to save itself from economic and architectural ruin, preserving the best of its ingenious planning and native beauty

The Savannah Architecture of John S. Norris

Savannah, Georgia

He was one of the most important architects of his time, and he hit his stride of greatness when he started building in the South

The South by Night: The Revolution of Modern Lighting

Savannah, Georgia

In the past, when darkness fell, the world changed—until men could find clever means of bringing illumination into their homes

Fall Festivals in the Heart of Florida

McIntosh, Florida; Micanopy, Florida

Autumn may be a bit warmer in Florida than in the rest of the South, but that doesn’t keep her from hosting some fantastic fall festivals celebrating Old Florida’s community-centered harvest time

Ghostly Graveyards and Cemetery Lore of the South

Micanopy and Lulu, Florida

Who needs Hollywood horror or contrived “haunted houses”? Southerners have been getting sufficiently creeped out for a long time with just good old-fashioned ghosty graveyards

The South’s Most Haunted City? Savannah, to Be Sure

Savannah, Georgia

One of the oldest cities in America, Savannah has this ghost thing in the bag—parks, cemeteries, houses, and hospitals that look beautiful by day—and will totally creep you out by night

Henry Clay Lewis and the Rise of Southern Gothic Literature

Savannah, Georgia

The prestige and grandeur of the antebellum South, plunged into the chaos and ruin of the War and its aftermath, provided the perfect setting for one of America’s most unique genres of the literary arts

The Wyld and the Seafood Culture of Coastal Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Can you in Savannah find high-quality, innovative, and fresh seafood in a casual environment? You can at the Wyld, a new restaurant already known for breaking some of the rules.

The Notable Legacy of Madeira in Charleston and Savannah

Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia

The exotic island wine that supported America in its infancy is poised for a comeback with surprisingly delicious results