"You have to meet Kyle", my friends said. I heard it over and over. I had heard of her, but never really met her. I’d read of her, knew a little of her background, and knew she was very well-respected in ATL, but I didn’t quite know why, until I met her for a #2Dto3D coffee a month ago. She shared her story with me, and I was enamored with her ability to capture my attention with “the story.” The way she shared her story was something read from the pages of a book, and I really was held captive to it. About her history, her work experiences, and what she’s doing now.
She’s one of the most interesting and dynamic people in Atlanta, Kyle Tibbs Jones is, and you may know her from one of the many things she’s been a part of, from WSB to The Bitter Southerner now, she’s such a dynamic person. She’s also an amazing mother of two grown boys, and a lover of the coast, having lived a good bit of her life around St. Simons Island. You can see her work nowadays with Bitter Southerner, the blog turned into much more recently that captures the South in really great, poetic ways. Recently Bitter Southerner held a membership drive, and I was happy to join, as I fully support what they’re trying to achieve with the website, telling the story of the South everyday.
This week, enjoy five questions with Kyle Tibbs Jones, and go check out Bitter Southerner!
1) What do you love most about the South?
Music. Food. Literature. Cocktails. Lord, the South has given this world so much. All of that culture, it’s just insanely rich. Personally though, I cherish family traditions and the memories and nostalgia that I have around all of that. I also love the super stylish Southern women who were and still are my style icons. In my heart, I’m still that little girl from Dalton who fell for Elvis at an early age and who still believes peach ice cream churning on the porch is a good thing. No matter where I live, this will always be home.
2) What was the last book you read?
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd (mentioned in our Bitter Southerner Summer Reading Roundup back in July.) My stack of books keeps getting higher and higher. Must. Find. More. Time.
3) What does The Bitter Southerner mean to you?
The project or the name? Our name is actually tongue in cheek. The Bitter Southerner really is just a reference to the fact that we REALLY want the world to know about the talented writers, artists, designers, scientists, poets, teachers, rappers, parents, kids, stylists, bartenders, chefs, musicians, people who are all doing great things to move this region forward.
If you’re talking about the project? Well, it’s an online magazine I’ve been working on with three brilliant friends who’ve become like family to me. Chuck Reece, our EIC, Dave Whitling, our Creative Director and Butler Raines the Internet guru of gurus. A labor of love for the first year, recently we held The Bitter Southerner Inaugural Membership Drive and we’re in the process of turning it into a sustainable business. Stay tuned, there are some exciting things on the way.
4) Favorite place for drinks in Atlanta?
Amazing cocktails at Paper Plane…so chic and perfect for a sexy night out. A gin & tonic on the deck at Lure and I feel like I’m vacation. And Kimball House because they’re SO nice and the drinks SO good.
5) What is your favorite R.E.M. album?
Reckoning. Wait a minute, I think it’s Automatic for the People. No, Reckoning. No, AFTP. No Reckoning. Okay, Automatic for the People.
It’s a masterpiece. Yes, Automatic for the People. #VeryVeryHardQuestion
You can connect with Kyle on Twitter here- https://twitter.com/shetold2friends
Check out the other Five Questions posts:
Chuck Bryant of “Stuff You Should Know”
Sarah Buchanan of Kula Project
Chef Chris Hall of Local Three
Tim Gaddis, of Many Fold Farm
Justin Fox, of Fox Brothers BBQ
Dan Haseltine, of Jars of Clay and Blood:Water Mission
Chef Asha Gomez of Cardamom Hill
Jen Hidinger of STAPLEHOUSE and The Giving Kitchen
Chef Hugh Acheson, of Empire State South
James Martin, of lots of things
Julian Goglia, of The Pinewood
Erin Zwigart, of Georgia Crafted
Chef Homaro Cantu of MOTO in Chicago
Kyle Brooks, aka BlackCatTips
Emily Myers of Emily G’s Jams
Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Ice Creams
Jonathan Baker of Monday Night Brewing