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Arts Council Director to Host Arts Program on WHQR

From our friends at the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, generous sponsors of our 2013 and 2017 Fall Conferences: WILMINGTON—WHQR is pleased to announce a new local arts, culture and events program—Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy—to air on HQR News and Classical HQR beginning July 12. Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy will […]

A Shave and a Haircut…and Storytime

 Where I grew up,  there was a laundrymat that also was a rock club, so you could do your laundry, drink a Hudepohl, and take in a live local musical act, all at the same time. (Sadly, Sudsy Malone’s—revered by rockers who came of age then—closed in 2008 after a 20-plus year run. RIP!) […]

Doubleback Review Ignites Zombie Apocalypse

Lots of good stuff coming out of Sundress Publications these days, including the resurrection of “dead” creative writing, lost to shuttered journals and defunct online rags. They’ve launched a new literary journal: Doubleback Review, a publication that “believes out-of-print should not mean out of mind.” Doubleback Review will print pieces of any genre that were […]

Some Literary Podcasts for You

It seems everyone these days is getting into the podcast game, from the Durham Performing Arts Center to the Pope (seriously). And why not? Podcasts and audiobooks are a great way to entertain yourself while doing something mindless, and the best of these offer something additional through their audio production. A few new literary podcasts […]

Boost Your Freelance Career with Gigworker

We live in a gig economy. Everyone, it seems, has a side hustle—perhaps no one more so than writers, who can be notorious for foisting our newest books on friends, loved ones, and classmates we haven’t seen for thirty years. But with so many money-making opportunities—and really, aren’t each of us busy enough already?—it can […]

Bathanti Honored with Lee Smith Literary Award

From our friends at Lincoln Memorial University: Sarrogate, TN — Joseph Bathanti received the Lee Smith Award during Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) 2019 Mountain Heritage Literary Festival (MHLF). The prize recognizes an individual who has worked to preserve and promote Appalachian culture. “To win an award with Lee Smith’s name attached to it is a […]

Raleigh Author Among Summer Okra Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their Summer 2019 Okra Picks, the twelve new books that Southern indie booksellers are most excited about this season. Among them is Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations (Nancy Paulsen Books) by Raleigh author Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrations by Keith Mallett. Just in […]

Joy Harjo Named U.S. Poet Laureate

If, like me, you were on vacation last week, you might have missed the news that Joy Harjo has been named Poet Laureate of the United States. Harjo is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and the first Native American poet to serve as laureate. The poet laureate of the United States is appointed […]

Get Your Youth Writing this Summer

Is your child showing some interest in creative writing? Well, god help them. Seriously though, if so, there are many writing camps for youth and teens this summer happening all over North Carolina. We’ve listed a few below that seemingly still have open spots available! DUKE YOUNG WRITERS CAMP (Durham) Grades 6-11 Three sessions, June […]

Happy Trails to Ben Steelman!

Happy trails to Ben Steelman, who is retiring from the Wilmington StarNews after more than forty years. His last day is Friday, July 5. Steelman is the book columnist and longtime staff reporter. He started at the paper in 1977. There’s almost nothing we can say that isn’t said better in this inspiring profile by […]