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Write On, Mississippi: Season 3. Chapter 12: John F. Marszalek III

Season 3, Ep. 12

Join Mississippian John F. Marszalek III and New Orleans transplant, Robert "Bobby" W. Fieseler as they discuss John's new book, COMING OUT OF THE MAGNOLIA CLOSET: SAME SEX COUPLES IN MISSISSIPPI and Queer culture in the South.

John F. Marszalek III is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi. He has been a counselor educator for over 20 years and is currently clinical faculty of the online clinical mental health counseling program at Southern New Hampshire University. He received his PhD in counselor education at Mississippi State University. 

John's research has been published in chapters of edited books and professional counseling journals. Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet is his first book.

Before moving back to Mississippi, John lived in Buffalo, NY, Washington, DC, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and New Orleans, LA. 

John lives with his husband and their two dogs in Starkville, Mississippi

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