Everyone, Meet Holly.
Ed. Note: Hey, it’s Kerry. I want you guys to meet Holly. She’s taking over for me at the end of the month and will be posting here regularly until then. Y’all make her feel welcome, ok?
Hi, I’m Holly. This is me smiling because I am very happy to be the new I Love Memphis blogger.
I have some big shoes to fill. The ultra-talented Kerry (whose shoes are actually small and cute) helped ignite a passion for Memphis by sharing parts of this city, big and small, that are lovable.
Now that she’s leaving, I have a few words for her dear readers: do not panic. The I Love Memphis blog isn’t going anywhere except full speed ahead. Thank you to those who have sent supportive messages to me already. Y’all are great, and I mean it.
A little bit about me: I grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I moved here eight years ago to go to The University of Memphis, and I stayed. A few years ago, someone asked me where I was from, and I said “Memphis” without thinking. ‘Twas a magical moment.
I’ve been a restaurant server, writer, graphic designer, and most recently the Editorial Director for several local magazines. The very first interview I ever did after college was a joint-interview and photo shoot with Josh Pastner and Lionel Hollins – talk about learning to swim by jumping in the deep end.
When I’m not working (but I’m probably working) I like to write, design, and draw things, experiment with juicing recipes, argue about television like it’s real life, and contribute absolutely nothing to my trivia team The Varsity Squid.
In the eight years that I’ve lived here, things have changed, sometimes slowly, sometimes at lightning speed. The main difference I see: It’s no longer revolutionary to declare “I Love Memphis” in public. We know something’s going on, and our friends (and critics) know it. We have a unique opportunity with this momentum to define ourselves as a city. What are we going to say?
Who are we, and what can we offer folks who come from across the country – and the world – to this bluff city? Most importantly, what can we offer each other?
I want to know. As the venerable Geoff Calkins recently wrote in the Commercial Appeal, “Loving Memphis shouldn’t be just words”, so please, tell me about people you know who are acting on their love for the city.
Tell me what you know and love about Memphis and what’s going on. What are you doing, seeing, eating? Drop me a line here or leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog. I’m here to help, so don’t be shy.