Mike Walker

Mike Walker is a Florida-based journalist who writes extensively for the Eastern European press as well as the American media, mostly about sports and outdoors. 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 and studied architectural history and architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He's also a nationally-certified coach in the sports of track and field, soccer, and basketball.

Southern Domesticity: The Development of Homes in the South

Savannah, Georgia, and Gainesville, Florida

Comfortable, practical, and still traditional, the Southern home has come a long way from origins both humble as well as socially ambitious

Breece D’J Pancake and His Unabridged West Virginia

Princeton, West Virginia

Despite his sad and truncated life, Pancake provided perhaps the best literary representation of West Virginia of any twentieth-century writer of fiction

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

Carson McCullers and the Telling of Southern Small Towns

Columbus, Georgia

She was a writer only the American South could have produced, and only by the inspiration of the South of her time could she have produced the varied, gripping, and often harrowing stories she wrote

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

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

Sweetness of the South: Honey and Syrups

Savannah, Georgia; Newberry, Florida

There’s more than one way to sweeten up the South, and sweet-toothed Southerners have been doing it for a long time

The John Mitchell Map and Urbanna, Virginia

Urbanna, Virginia

A small-town Virginia “doctor” and a most unlikely mapmaker, John Mitchell had some amazing gifts up his sleeve and hardly knew it

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

Thomasville’s Quintessential South

Thomasville, Georgia

Whether you come for the celebrated restaurants, to buy some local cheese, or to seek out the elusive quail—and be sure to take in the high school football game too—Thomasville’s got you covered on Southern-townism

Smithey and Boynton and the Designing of Virginia’s Modern Architecture

Covington, Virginia

Two of the most important architects for their time and place, Smithey and Boynton brought the buildings of western Virginia into the twentieth century

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