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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 Joan Leotta whose poem "Black Dolphin Dawn" appears in the Fall issue of Pink Panther Magazine. Also, her ekphrastic poem "Woman with a Dog" that she wrote for Poetry Marathon is forthcoming in an anthology from TheaqLLC. A haiku has been accepted by Helen: A Literary Magazine; her poem "Old News" appears on Social Justice Poetry; her poem "Carving Out the Moon" was included in the October issue of Ruby for Women magazine. Finally, one of her short stories has been longlisted for the Bath Fiction Award and is forthcoming in their anthology.


Hats Off! to John G. Hartness, publisher of Falstaff Books, who this month released We Are Not This – Carolina Writers for Equality. The anthology, a collection of thirty-one short stories, poems, and essays by North Carolina writers or writers who feel a strong tie to the Carolinas, was created as a response to HB2, the divisive “bathroom bill” passed by the NC General Assembly earlier this year. Proceeds from the sale of the anthology will be divided among NC-centric LGBTQ charities, non-profits, and lobbying organizations. The first group of organizations to receive funding will be Time Out Youth, Queen City Theatre Company, and EqualityNC.


Hats Off! to Katie Winkler whose adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel Frankenstein will enjoy its world premier production in the Patton Auditorium, Flat Rock Campus, Blue Ridge Community College, October 27-31. Winkler, who teaches English composition and British literature at the college, has been continually active with the college's drama department as an actor, director and writer. A fiction writer as well as a dramatist, she is co-representative for the NCWN in Henderson County along with member Patricia Vestal.


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