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Maggie MorganDURHAM, NC—The North Carolina Writers' Network is pleased to welcome Maggie Morgan as the new Membership Coordinator.

After a brief post-college fling with Oxford, Mississippi, Maggie accidentally settled down in Durham eleven years ago. She lives near downtown with her partner of six years and two handsome cats just barely old enough to not be kittens anymore.

Only a week ago, she finished her Masters in English at North Carolina Central University, an experience that was both challenging and fulfilling. With the amount of free time that finishing school has opened up, she plans to conquer her epic list of things to do which includes taking on some craft projects, writing a novel, and finally learning to cook, as well as conquering several shelves of books that have been waiting too long to be read.

As the Membership Coordinator, Maggie is the “front line” for all membership contact with the Network. All membership questions, complaints, donor inquiries, and more should be directed to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-308-3228

She is available by phone between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, Monday-Friday. If you aren't able to call during this time, leave a message, and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

“We're thrilled Maggie has decided to join us,” said Executive Director Ed Southern. “We hope the addition of a Membership Coordinator will allow us to expand our programs and services—and enhance the quality of those programs and services for all of our members—for years to come.”

If handling customer relations for 1,200 writers sounds daunting, Maggie is up for the challenge. She's no stranger to Herculean tasks.

As an intern with Oxford American magazine, she was directed to secure the rights for what she describes as “The Holy Grail” of unpublished manuscripts: a vampire screenplay written by none other than William Faulkner.

“It was a rite of passage with the magazine,” Maggie explained, “for the editor to assign difficult, sometimes seemingly impossible, tasks to the interns."

But Maggie stubbornly called around and found a provision that allowed the screenplay to see the light of day. The magazine was able to secure the rights to publish an excerpt of the screenplay after a bit of nuanced negotiation with the Faulkner estate. The vampire screenplay ran in Oxford American in January of 2002.

Questions about what you've read here? Call Maggie.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

Scott HulerRALEIGH, NC—The 2014 Squire Summer Writing Residency will be held July 10-13 on the campus of William Peace University in Raleigh. Registration is now open.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry), with fifteen hours of workshop sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own writing, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.

“The Squire Summer Writing Residency may be the most fun the Network has,” NCWN executive director Ed Southern said. “Registrants tend to form close bonds that last long after the Residency is over.”

Former Piedmont Laureate Scott Huler will lead the track in Creative Nonfiction. He has written six books of creative nonfiction, most recently On the Grid (Rodale, 2010), about the infrastructure systems that make our world work. He has written about everything from the death penalty to bikini waxing (he likes to say he is for one and against the other), with his essays and reporting appearing in newspapers like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times and in magazines like ESPN, Backpacker, and Forbes. He contributes writing and video regularly to Our State and Walter magazines.

Randall KenanRandall Kenan, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lead the fiction workshop. He is the author of a novel, A Visitation of Spirits; two works of nonfiction, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire This Time; and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Whiting Writers’ Award, the North Carolina Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rome Prize.

Shelby Stephenson, who will be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in October, will lead the poetry workshop. He has published many collections of poems, plus the poetic documentary Plankhouse (with photos by Roger Manley). Shelby is former editor of Pembroke Magazine. His Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, judged by Allen Grossman. Stephenson’s latest collection, The Hunger of Freedom (2014), is from Red Dashboard.

Shelby StephensonAdmission is limited to the first fifty registrants. And while workshops are at the heart of the conference programming, the weekend is a “residency” in the sense that attendees will enjoy meals together and have the option of staying overnight in on-campus accommodations. Free WiFi and parking are available.

Plus, conference-goers will benefit from being a short walk from many historical and cultural sites in downtown Raleigh. Karen Wells, Executive Director of ARTS North Carolina, will lead a Table Talk in a special program on Friday night.

Registration for the 2014 Squire Summer Writing Residency is open now.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

Alan Michael ParkerGREENSBORO, NC—Alan Michael Parker of Davidson is the winner of the 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for his poem, "Lights Out in the Chinese Restaurant."

Parker also won in 2013, making him the first two-time winner in the history of the competition. He will receive $200 and publication in a special supplement of storySouth.

“I love this poem,” said final judge Jillian Weise. “It begins in a realist mode with a speaker at a restaurant and then the lights go out. The poem makes a quantum leap into the irreal and necrodaisical: a word the poem caused me to invent so that I could describe the speaker’s listless attitude toward having died. Part nightmare, part ars poetica: the poem is superlatively unsettling.”

Alan Michael Parker is the author of eight collections of poems, including his most recent, Long Division, which won the 2012 North Carolina Book Award. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, the 2013 and 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition Awards, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.

His 2011 novel, Whale Man, was shortlisted for the 2011 ForeWord Reviews' "Book of the Year Award" in the category of Literary Fiction. He is also the author of the novels Cry Uncle and The Committee on Town Happiness.

Since 1998, he has taught at Davidson College, where he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2007; in 2012, he was named Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English. He also teaches in the University of Tampa Low-Residency M.F.A. program, where he works with graduate student writers in both poetry and fiction. He lives in Davidson with his wife, the artist Felicia van Bork, and her Pecha Kucha alter ego, Candi Parker.

“I am thinking of something Jarrell wrote in Poetry and the Age,” said Weise. “’If you never look just wrong to your contemporaries you will never look just right to posterity—every writer has to try to be, to some extent, sometimes, a law unto himself.’ This poem is a law unto itself.”

Maureen Sherbondy of Raleigh was named First Runner Up for her poem "After the Funeral.” Melissa Hassard, who lives in the Triad, and Kathryn Kirkpatrick of Vilas, were named Honorable Mentions for their poems “At the End” and “Visitation,” respectively. Sherbondy also received an honorable mention in 2011.

Seven poets were named finalists: Lavonne Adams of Wilmington, Catherine Carter of Cullowhee, Terri Kirby Erickson of Lewisville, Dannye Romine Powell of Charlotte, Lynn Veach Sadler of Pittsboro, Andrea Selch of Durham, and Katherine Soniat of Asheville.

Randall JarrellThe Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years.

The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and is administered by Terry L. Kennedy and the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at UNCG.

Final judge Jillian Weise is the author of The Book of Goodbyes (BOA Editions, 2013), which received the 2013 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, which recognizes a superior second book of poetry by an American poet. Her debut poetry collection, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, was published by Soft Skull Press in 2007. Weise is also the author of the novel The Colony (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press, 2010). Her other honors include a Fulbright Fellowship and the 2013 Isabella Gardner Poetry Award from BOA Editions. She teaches at Clemson University and lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

storySouth is an online literary journal dedicated to showcasing the best poetry (and fiction and creative nonfiction) that writers from the "new south" have to offer.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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