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Hats Off! to Maureen Sherbondy who discussed her new poetry collection, Beyond Fairy Tales, on WUNC's The State of Things with Frank Stasio.

 

Hats Off! to Mark Cox who ruminates on family and parenthood in three short prose pieces in the Spring, 2014, issue of Crazyhorse.

 

Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose poem, "Leaving Sunset Beach," and one of her sunset photos will be on the cover of the July issue of Righter Monthly Review. Also, her essay "To Fly," about her first car, is forthcoming in the July issue of Sasee magazine.

 

Hats Off! to Brenda Kay Ledford whose photo and essay about Hayesville, NC, appeared on "The Picture Postcards Project."

 

Hats Off! to Kim Church who was interviewed on "Who's Talking with D.G. Martin" on 97.9 FM WCHL. Kim is a Raleigh attorney whose stories and poetry have appeared in Shenandoah, Mississippi Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Her debut novel is Byrd.

 

Hats Off! to Heather Bell Adams of Raleigh whose short story "This Month's Fall Look" is forthcoming in Clapboard House and whose short story "Out at Poplar Springs" is a Top Ten Finalist for Southern Writers Magazine's 2014 Short Story Contest.

 

Hats Off! to Heather Bell Adams of Raleigh whose short story "Blue Eyes" will appear in the July issue of Hermeneutic Chaos and whose short story "Prognosis" won the 53-Word Story Contest for the month of May, sponsored by Press 53 and judged by Kim Wright.

 

Hats Off! to Valerie Nieman. Six poems from her novel-in-verse, The Leopard Lady Speaks, will be published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Missouri Review. A seventh poem earlier appeared in TMR poem of the week feature.

 

Hats Off! to Janet Hartman whose story "Love Me, I'm Siamese" will appear in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What anthology, planned for Aug. 18, 2014, release.

 

Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose poem "The Printer's Out of Ink" will appear in Thema literary journal out of Metairie, LA, in March, 2015.

 

Hats Off! to Terri Kirby Erickson and Janet Joyner whose poems were chosen for the month of June as part of the "Poetry in Plain Sight" program. Joyner's "2 Yellow Leaves" and Erickson's "Empathy" will be displayed on posters in sixteen shop windows throughout Winston-Salem’s Arts District and downtown. This Winston-Salem Writers’ program is a collaborative effort with Press 53, with a monthly event at Barnhill’s Books.

 

Hats Off! to humor columnist Cappy Hall Rearick who has been chosen as one of three finalists in the National Society of Newspaper Columnist awards to be given on June 29 in Washington, DC. Eight of Rearick’s short stories are featured in the Not Your Mother’s Books anthologies: NYMB On Women; NYMB On Travel; NYMB On Dogs; NYMB On Being a Parent; NYMB On Home Improvement, and NYMB On Cats. The June 17 publication of Not Your Mother’s Book On Family will feature another of Rearick's humorous essays in the anthology series.

 

Hats Off! to Marilynn Barner Anselmi whose short play "Floral Deliveries" will be presented by Riot Act Theatre for the New Play Festival in Jackson, Wyoming, June 12-13, at the Center for the Arts.

 

Fedoras Off! to Joseph Cavano whose flash fiction story, Blue's Bar: Biloxi, appeared recently in Every Writer's Resource. Facebook members may be interested in reading his running account of his just completed trip to Tanzania, where he spent time with Maasai warriors, fought a losing battle with the tsetse fly, and was introduced to the treat of warm cow's milk and freshly drawn cow's blood. His newly completed short-story collection, presently untitled, will soon be sent packing and looking for a home.

 

Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose poem "Dreaming Across the Styx" appears in Red Wolf Journal.

 

Hats Off! to Carol Pearce Bjorlie who won The Haiku Award and publication in Pine Song from the North Carolina Poetry Society. She has also had a Young Adult Trilogy accepted by Second Wind Publishing. Book One will be published in September, Book Two, in February, and Book Three, later.

 

 

Hats Off! to Sandra Ervin Adams, who was again invited to post on the Contributor's Blog for Minerva Rising Literary Journal. Her article, "Visual Art and Poetry Blend Well," appears here.

 

Hats Off! to Kathryn Lovatt and Gregg Cusick. Kathryn, of Camden, SC, took First Prize in the 2013 Press 53 Open Awards "Short Story" category for her story, "Vermin." Durham's Gregg Cusick was named a Finalist for his story, "Gutted."

 

Hats Off! to Heather Bell Adams (Raleigh) and Jodi Barnes (Cary), who were named as Finalists in the 2013 Press 53 Open Awards "Short-Short Story" category.

 

Hats Off! to four NCWN members who did quite well in the 2013 Press 53 Open Awards "Poetry" category. Peg Bresnahan of Cedar Mountain claimed Second Prize, while Susan Schmidt (Beaufort), Crystal Simone Smith (Durham), and Lisa Zerkle (Charlotte) were named as Finalists.

 

 

Hats Off! to Karen Paul Holmes. The Lascaux Review invited her to submit and published her poem "Bessie Arrowood's Circle of Life."

 

Hats Off! to Glenda Beall and Susan Snowden. Glenda interviewed Susan, author of Southern Fried Lies and winner of an IPPY Award, for the Netwest blog.

 

Hats Off to Richard Allen Taylor and Richard G. Sharp, who won Second Place and an Honorable mention, respectively, in the 2013 Dean Ritch Lomax Poetry Prize sponsored by the Charlotte Writer's Club. The Final Judge was Richard Krawiec. Taylor claimed Second Place for his poem “Ways of Leaving,” while Sharp was awarded an Honorable Mention for his poem "Requiem for Luciana."

 

 

Hats Off! to Maren O. Mitchell, author of Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide (Line of Sight Press, 2012), who was interviewed by Robin Watts of Regency Hospice in Hiawassee, Georgia, on three half-hour radio programs on WJUL-FM 97.5 and WJRB-FM 95.1 during the Silver Linings Show.

 

Hats Off! to Ray Morrison, who won First Place in the Winston-Salem Writers 2013 Anthology Contest (Flash Fiction) for his short story "Lost," and Second Place in the Fiction category for his short story "Preston Manor."

 

Hats Off! to Gwenyfar Rohler, whose profile of North Carolina playwright Anthony Lawson appears in the premier issue of Salt Magazine.

 

Hats Off! to Joan Leotta, whose poem "Voices in the Fog" won an Honorable Mention in the Voices of Angels competition in Thynks Magazine (British).

 

Hats Off! to Tamra Wilson, whose short story “The Bird Watcher” appears in the 2013 issue of Penumbra, a journal of California State University at Stanislaus. Another story, “Stringed Beef,” is in the inaugural issue of South Florida Arts Journal.

 

Hats Off! to Brenda Wilson, whose poem “Pond From My Deck” will be displayed in sixteen shop windows in Winston-Salem’s Arts and Entertainment District as part of Poetry in Plain Sight, sponsored by the Winston Salem Writers, Press 53, Barnhill’s Books, Competitive Edge, Downtown Arts District Association, Delta Arts Center, and Forsyth County Public Library.

 

Hats Off! to Heather Bell Adams of Raleigh, whose poem “The Tablecloth” earned an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Carolina Woman Writing Contest. Also, her short story “Gaston Street” was recently published in Deep South Magazine.

 

Hats Off! to Ellen Shepard, Assistant Professor of Film at Saint Augustine's University, who is a juror for the North Carolina Arts Council Playwrights/Screenwriters Fellowship.

 

Hats Off! to Edwin Bouldin, whose two short stories, "Fishing with Aida” and “Final Note,” were named Honorable Mentions in the 2012 Short Story Anthology contest sponsored by the Winston-Salem Writers.

 

Hats Off! to Anthony S. Abbott, co-recipient of the annual Brockman-Campbell Award for best book of poetry by a North Carolinian for his book If Words Could Save Us (Lorimer Press, 2011). The award is granted by the North Carolina Poetry Society.

 

Hats Off! to Scott Owens and Maureen Sherbondy, who were both finalists in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Owens was selected for his collection Something Knows the Moment (Main Street Rag), while Sherbondy was named for her collection Scar Girl (Finishing Line Press).

 

Hats Off! to Betty Reed. The American Association for State and Local History has selected her as a recipient for an Award of Merit based on her book School Segregation in Western North Carolina: A History, 1860s-1970s. The Award of Merit is to be presented at the AASLH annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 5.

... to Bob McCarthy. Last week, he learned that he was awarded 1st place in the 2011 Spring Shorts contest of the Virginia Writers Group in fiction.  His story was entitled "Smile a Mighty Jesus."

... to Katherine S. Crawford.  Her (unpublished) historical novel, Keowee, made it to the Quarter-Finalist round of the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest."

... to Ellyn Bache.  Her novel, The Art of Saying Goodbye, has been chosen as an "Okra Pick" by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.

 

... to Flora Ann Scearce.  Her story, "102 Sycamore Wynd," won second place in fiction in the recent 20th annual Carteret Writers' Competition.  The nationwide competition received 145 entries, including 63 from other states. 

... to Joan Cannon. Her poem, "Evensong at Ripon Cathedral," was featured in the online literary journal, The Lowestoft Chronicle. Her poems, "Bedside Manner" and "Afterwords," appear in the latest issue of Wild Goose Poetry Review.

 

 

 

Ellen L. Shepard will be featured nationally on Fox TV news, Saturday, June 19, 1:00-2:00 pm, in the segment “Beyond the Dream,” which will show Ellen with her film students at Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh.

 

 

 

 

Dick Michener will receive a humor writing award for his creative nonfiction piece "The Night the Bed Broke" at the Alabama Writers Conclave's banquet in Birmingham on July 17, 2010.

Katrina Parker Williams will have a poem "The Toll of His War" published in Pens on Fire in July 2010.

Asheville author and writing teacher Peggy Tabor Millin has won the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the spirituality category for her nonfiction book, Women, Writing, and Soul-Making: Creativity and the Sacred Feminine.  The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) announced the awards in New York City on May 21.

Laura T. Jensen of Pittsboro, NC won second prize in the Gulf Coast Writers Association "Let's Write Literary Contest" in the creative non-fiction category for her piece, "The Long Wait". The story can be viewed at: www.gcwriters.org, click "See 2010 Winners".

........... to Suzanne Adair.  www.suzanneadair.com <http://www.suzanneadair.com/> ,
whose novel Camp Follower, third in a series set during the Southern theater
of the Revolutionary War, has been nominated for the 2009 Daphne du Maurier
Excellence in Historical Mystery/Suspense award.
 
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