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Hats Off!

Good news from our members!

The North Carolina Writers' Network is happy to announce good news from our members. If you have had a piece published, won a prize in a competition, or received an award or honor for your writing, let us know and we'll post the news here. "Hats Off" announcements are available to members only. To post your item on the website, please click here.

Hats Off! to Brent Martin and Ruth Moose, who will serve as Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets for 2015 and 2016 mentoring a middle school, high school, college or university, or one adult not in school in eastern, central, and western North Carolina. The student poets work on a dozen pages of poems for six months with their mentor, and the students and mentors read at either Barton College, St. Andrews University, or Western Carolina University. In addition, each student reads with their mentor at their hometown public library. The mentoring is free to the student poets, and the mentors receive honoraria from the North Carolina Poetry Society/Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series funds and the North Carolina Center for the Book. At the end of each annual cycle, a book is published by St. Andrews University Press collecting the poems of the student poet and their mentor. For information click here. The deadline to apply for next year's Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series 2015-2016 is November 1.


Hats Off! to former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti whose memoir Half of What I Say Is Meaningless is reviewed in Southern Literary Review. Reviewer Frederick Parker says, "Bathanti’s is a powerful storytelling style that endears and captivates, disarming skeptics and moving them squarely into his camp."


Hats Off! to Edith Pearlman and Michael White who were both longlisted for the 2015 National Book Awards. Edith, who gave the Keynote Address at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2012 Fall Conference, had her novel Honeydew longlisted in the Fiction category. Michael's memoir Travels in Vermeer was longlisted in the Nonfiction category.


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