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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Congrats to Wake High School Student Jessica Karlisa!

Our heartiest congratulations go out to Jessica Karlisa, a student at Raleigh Charter School, who won the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud competition Saturday. She is on her way to Washington, D.C. for the national finals starting May 14. “Jessica’s self-confidence and interpretation of the poems made her stand-out in this year’s competition,” said Banu […]

1940 Census Release

from the NC Department of Cultural Resources: RALEIGH, N.C. — On Monday, April 2, the State Library of North Carolina will highlight the first-ever release of pivotal 1940 census data with period music, a 1940 current event quiz, a toy and clothing display from the N.C. Museum of History, films and a presentation by Kelly Karres […]

Nominate Our State’s Next Poet Laureate

The North Carolina Arts Council is now accepting submissions for the state’s next poet laureate, the “ambassador of North Carolina literature.” Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 20 at www.ncarts.org. From the press release: The poet laureate receives a $15,000 annual stipend along with programmatic support from Arts Council staff. While each N.C. poet laureate leaves […]

Why We Do What We Do

NCWN member Glenda Council Beall wrote a touching and inspirational blog post on Wednesday at My Name Is Not Bob, the blog of poet Robert Lee Brewer. Glenda recounts how when she first began her writing journey, it was poet Nancy Simpson and NetWest who reached out and validated her for the first time: “Nancy […]

Women Writers and the Southern Experience

Chapel Hill author Sam Stephenson interviews Raleigh poet Betty Adcock and Virginia poet Claudia Emerson in the Paris Review this week: “I asked Betty what odds a young female poet faced in 1960s North Carolina. ‘Poetry,’ she said, ‘had a hard time gaining traction among women writers in the South. Part of the reason is […]

North Carolina Gets a New Bookstore

From today’s Shelf Awareness: Duck’s Cottage Downtown Books Opens in Manteo Congratulations to Duck’s Cottage Downtown Books, which opened last Thursday in Manteo, N.C. Owners Paige Griffin and Jamie Layton (in photo) reported that the first day was “busy and prosperous” and that they were “were amazed by the number of Manteo residents, fellow downtown […]

OK, Let’s Go Over This One More Time

I just picked my jaw up off the floor after listening to this story on WFDD, my local NPR affiliate.  Be sure to listen/read all the way to the kicker at the end. As I’ve said before, and I’m sure I’ll say again: if you make it up, it’s fiction.  The issue that this story […]

NCWN Members on SIBA Long List

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) just released the Long List of nominees for the 2012 SIBA Book Awards, and the Network was well represented.  Congratulations to the members who made the list: New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (UNC Press) A Passel of Hate by Joe Epley (CreateSpace) Accidental Birds of the Carolinas […]