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Poetry in the Prisons

The North Carolina Writers’ Network facilitates the Prison Writers Outreach program, which pairs incarcerated writers with volunteers who work together on exploring the possibilities offered by creative writing: memoir, short or long fiction, poetry, plays, and more. There’s a tremendous amount of intererst in this program, and there’s a wait-list for incarcerated writers waiting for […]

Join Us at 2020 African-American Cultural Celebration

The 19th annual African-American Cultural Celebration happens Saturday, January 25, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm, at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh. The North Carolina Writers’ Network is a proud sponsor, and we’ll have an exhibit table, so please be sure to take a moment and come and say hello! This free event features […]

Tamara Kissane Is 2020 Piedmont Laureate

From our friends at Raleigh Arts: Tamara Kissane, a Durham-based dramatist and audio fiction writer, has been selected as the region’s 2020 Piedmont Laureate. During 2020, Kissane will appear at workshops, reading programs, and speaking engagements throughout Wake, Durham, and Orange counties. The Piedmont Laureate program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents […]

Name Change Means Focus on Storytelling for “New” W-S Museum

From our friends at MUSE Winston-Salem: We have some very special news to share with you today. We have a NEW NAME and a NEW HOME! Today, New Winston Museum becomes MUSE Winston-Salem. And in about two weeks, we’ll be moving to our new home at 226 South Liberty Street. With a new name comes […]

ZenGarden.Club Seeks Writing Contest Judges

ZenGarden.club offers photography, haiku, fiction, and much more about gardens and gardeners, online, with some content free to subscribers and bonus content available to members. They also host seasonal contests where writers are asked to respond to a photograph and a haiku prompt. For example, their current contest, open for submissions through January 22, offers […]

Chapel Hill Native Wins 7th Annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize

From our friends at Crook’s Corner Book Prize: CHAPEL HILL—Devi S. Laskar’s The Atlas of Reds and Blues, published by Counterpoint Press, is the winner of the seventh annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the American South. This year’s judge was National Book Award-winning author Charles Frazier, who says, “I […]

Orison Books Launches Kickstarter Campaign

From our friends at Orison Books:  Orison Books, an Asheville-based non-profit literary press, has launched a Kickstarter fundraiser for its list of 2020 titles, which includes The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit, edited by Lee Herrick and Leah Silvieus; Arsenal with Praise Song, poems by Rodney Gómez; Side by […]

Charleston Public Library Leading Boycott of Major Publisher

Following up on our October post about the new eight-week embargo on library e-books imposed by Macmillan…. The Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, is leading the charge, as 60 percent of libraries across the country boycott Macmillan entirely, including twenty-two in South Carolina. “We ask our patrons to be patient and understand that […]

Elizabeth Spencer, RIP

News can travel slowly around the holidays, so we wanted to belatedly share that beloved novelist Elizabeth Spencer passed away shortly before Christmas. She was 98. A 2002 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, Ms. Spencer’s most famous work was the novella The Light in the Piazza, a finalist for the National […]

SIBA Announces Winter OKRA Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their 2020 Winter OkraPicks, their seasonal list of great forthcoming Southern books. The list of thirteen books includes three by authors with strong ties to North Carolina. In Diane Chamberlain’s Big Lies in a Small Town (St. Martin’s Press), a convict serving a three-year stint in the North […]