Let Poor William be your guide. CLARKSDALE, Mississippi So, are you thinking about coming to our little mecca in the heart of the Mississippi Delta but you aren’t too sure what to do when you get here? After all, could there really be that much to do in a town of 17,000+? Before the list […]

10-Year Commemoration of Hurricane Katrina

Fascinating true story by Mark “River” Peoples focused on a family in need AK (after Katrina) Quapaw Canoe Company captain extraordinaire, Mark River Peoples, is a personal friend, keeper of the waters, fellow Red’s Lounge regular and a contributor to the Delta Bohemian. Madge and I dig this Dude. He stays on the down low, […]

Surf the Great Mississippi River Flood of 2011 with John Ruskey

Read about and watch his documentary “Surfing a 300 Mile-Long Wave” By Magical Madge With all these 10-year remembrances going on about the massive, destructive and deadly storm called Katrina, I am reminded of another storm which left it’s mark on some of us here in Northwest Mississippi. It wasn’t that long ago I struggled to sleep […]

The Bitter Southerner Rides Some Wild Miles with John Ruskey

Writer Boyce Upholt and Photographer Rory Doyle team up for something spectacular By Poor William – “The wilderness is the window of our souls, and water our smoothest passage through.” — John Ruskey, From “River Gator,” as published in I am Coyote: Readings from the Wild A timely, online publication started in 2013 called The […]

Quapaw Canoe Co. Captain Mark “River” and the Freshwater Spawners (Not a band)

All God’s creatures gotta spawn! By POOR WILLIAM PHOTOS The spawn is the symbol of new life and beginnings. A time of plenty for all species, and the reassurance of the incredible, undeniable cycles of life. — Mark “River” Peoples Followers of the Delta Bohemian® understand our deep, heartfelt appreciation for all things Quapaw Canoe Company—Driftwood Johnnie […]

Clarksdale Mayor highlight of Helena Annual Chamber Dinner

Plus GET ON BOARD for events surrounding official launch of AMERICANA MUSIC TRIANGLE in Helena and Clarksdale – Wednesday through Friday! By MAGICAL MADGE PHOTO GALLERY at bottom of post Whooooo-oooot! When I hear that call, I know it’s a Quapaw calling! This time dear friend and founder of Quapaw Canoe Company John Ruskey invited Poor […]

What led him to Quapaw Canoe Company?

Mark “River” Peoples Had a Dream By POOR WILLIAM and GUEST BOHEMIAN MARK RIVER PEOPLES “Be true to yourself, have faith in the Creator and humanity, and you will find your way.” — Mark River The Delta Bohemian and Quapaw Canoe Company have many things in common, including an appreciation for individuality, nature, outdoor expressions of joie de […]

John Ruskey Lectures Delta Psi Fraternity at Ole Miss

May the river be with Alex Borst! By MAGICAL MADGE and GUEST BOHEMIAN BRAXTON BARDEN PHOTOS and SEVERAL VIDEOS and SPECIAL LINK NEAR BOTTOM Was I reading my email correctly….? Quapaw Canoe Company‘s John Ruskey was speaking at a fraternity house at Ole Miss? Yes! Just so happened my wheels were taking me in close proximity to the […]

The ‘Sip Magazine Appreciates the DB

What they discover may surprise you By POOR WILLIAM PHOTOS It’s always a tricky enterprise in today’s social media driven culture—rife with endless opportunities to “reach” potential customers—to share wonderful things others say and not appear to be “full of one’s self” or too self-aggrandizing. Tis a fine line to walk for sure….

Rice Farmer Outfits Delta Office with John Ruskey Paintings

Original Artwork and Giclées adorn Sumner, Mississippi By POOR WILLIAM Sumner, Mississippi VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY What always happens when an eclectic rice-farming, map-collecting restaurateur and Delta transplant buys a bevy of original artwork and giclées from a rugged individualist who paints, writes poetry, prose and music, while leading expeditions on the mighty Mississippi River? Well…? […]

Mississippi Delta Cat Trumps Delta Dog, Every Time

Dandy and Shady By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi VIDEO Mississippi Delta Dogs are an inescapable, loosely cherished constant in our beloved homeland, but they are not the cat’s meow! Cat will get a fella every time! A friend of Poor William’s is fond of saying that you can lead a man off in to the Grand […]

Time on the Mississippi River with Huck and Jim

Plus a Host of Philosophers By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi   (VIDEOS with PHOTOS) “Is it necessary to cut rope and are your only true and trustworthy companions castaways?” John Ruskey, guiding a seminar discussion about Huckleberry Finn Well? This known rope cutter believes this is a mighty fine question for above-and-beyond ruminations.

Mississippi River Great Books Seminar Openings

Quapaw Canoe Company & Search for the Healthy City team up with Huck & Jim By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi Have you been searching for a salubrious, multi-day adventure in the Mississippi Delta that includes Socratic discussion of seminal Western literature, camping and canoeing on the Mississippi River in a 30-foot-long cypress canoe, and a stay […]

Paddler Celebration at Quapaw Canoe Company

(CLARKSDALE, Mississippi) PRESS RELEASE FROM QUAPAW CANOE COMPANY What:  Honoring the Gov. Phil Bryant, Sen. Robert Jackson, Rep. Chuck Espy, Rep. Brad Mayo, and the many others Reps and Senators who voted in SB 2972, the new Mississippi legislation specifically addressing river guiding companies on navigable waterways and nature tourism! And many, many others who […]

Clarksdale and New York City Go Head To Head on UDIA VPELA Urban Developments Tour of USA

(Clarkdsdale, Mississippi) Going head to head with cities like New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Memphis don’t scare us none. We got it covered here in CLARKSDELTA, the Golden Buckle of the Mississippi Delta. But who the hell is UDIA/VPELA and why are they coming to America? 

When A Friend Asks For Help, Respond. Is The Mississippi River Your Friend?

By Magical Madge (Clarksdale, Mississippi) VIDEOS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST I had just emailed John Ruskey an apology for neglecting to do something today I had promised although I knew he would understand. Still. When a friend asks for something, I want to respond. It disappointed me that I couldn’t, didn’t remember to […]

Coahoma Living Magazine features John Ruskey and his new RIVER GATOR website

Clarksdale, Mississippi – The Summer 2012 issue of Clarksdale Press Register’s Coahoma Living magazine celebrates the dawn of a new website. has been birthed by Delta Bohemian Driftwood Johnnie, aka John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company. After many years of personal river experience and several years of site development, John has given to non-motorized […]

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) 2012 Race Calendar Featuring photograph by The Delta Bohemian

  Stand Up Paddle (SUP) 2012 Race Calendar Featuring photograph by The Delta Bohemian A Photo of the Year Contest was conducted by The calendar was created to give paddle boarders a tool to help them organize their schedule of events; Magical Madge submitted a photograph taken by Poor William. The photo was taken […]

Chuck Dovish presents Mississippi Voyageur Canoe Excursion – Exploring Arkansas (AETN)

Last week we hope you were able to read on The Delta Bohemian about Chuck Dovish and his noble cameraman Michad Holliday. Click HERE if you missed it. In the post we talked about the day, the people we met and, of course, Delta Bohemian John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company. A rather lengthy video […]