Joe Lee 

Joe Lee is the owner and editor-in-chief of Dogwood Press, a small but traditional publishing company headquartered in Brandon, Mississippi. He launched Dogwood Press in 2002 with his debut novel, On The Record, and has since published Mississippi authors John M. Floyd of Brandon, Jim Ritchie of Canton, Mike Windham of Brookhaven, Barbie Bassett of Madison, Valerie Winn of Gautier, Randy Pierce of Leakesville, and Susan Cushman of Memphis. Joe has a background in radio, television, and journalism. He was born in Jackson and moved to Starkville in 1977, graduating from Starkville High School in 1983 and Mississippi State University in 1987 with a degree in Communication. In addition to over 15 years as a radio disc-jockey in the Golden Triangle area and metro Jackson, Joe was a fill-in television weatherman for six years at WAPT-16 in Jackson. He has written more than 800 news and feature stories for several Mississippi newspapers and magazines and is a regular contributor to The Clarion Ledger, Portico Magazine of Jackson, and Town and Gown Magazine of Starkville. He also works with several editing clients a year in a non-publishing capacity. Joe is married to the former Leslie Staehle of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Their son John is now a major in the Communication Department at Mississippi State and a regular contributor to The Reflector. They live in Brandon. Lee’s blog at, is entitled The Little Publisher That Could.
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