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Winston-Salem—The North Carolina Writers’ Network welcomes two new board members: Michele Tracy Berger of Pittsboro and Shervon Cassim of Durham.

Michele Tracy Berger is a professor, a writer, a creativity expert, and a pug-lover. She’s passionate about all of these ways of being in the world and plays with the order that she avidly pursues them.

She is an associate professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an adjunct professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her books include Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS (Princeton University Press, 2004) and the co-edited collections Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (Altamira Press, 2003) and The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy Through Race, Class and Gender (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and The World is her most recent co-authored book (Routledge, 2011). She was recently appointed the Associate Director of the Faculty Fellows Program at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute of the Arts and Humanities.

Her creative writing has appeared in The Chapel Hill News, Glint, Flying South, Carolina Woman, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, Ms., The Feminist Wire, various zines, and Western North Carolina Woman. She is at work on a short-story collection of speculative fiction.

Shervon Cassim is a writer and lawyer who was born and raised in Dubai. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University, where he teaches fiction writing.

At the NCWN 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, in Raleigh, Shervon will sit on the All Stories Connect panel, “A Conversation about Culture,” with former NCWN trustee Sheila Smith McKoy, as well as Donna Miscolta and Elaine Neil Orr.

The North Carolina Writers' Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. It provides education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. The North Carolina Writers’ Network believes that writing is necessary both for self-expression and a healthy community, that well-written words can connect people across time and distance, and that the deeply satisfying experiences of writing and reading should be available to everyone.

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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