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A. J. Hartley Wins Manly Wade Wellman Award

From our friends at Bull Spec: The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation is proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy, after the result of voter selection from the nominees, in turn the result of voter selection from an eligibility list of over 100 […]

Where the A-List Literary Celebrities Mingle

For more than a quarter century, the North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) has published most of the great writers from North Carolina as well as high-quality writing about the Tar Heel State. Part scholarly journal, part literary rag, NCLR offers—as one early reviewer put it— “everything you ever wanted out of a literary publication but […]

Fifteen Rules to Write By

Keith Flynn is a widely traveled poet and perfomer (and a longtime friend of the North Carolina Writers’ Network). The former lyricist and lead singer of The Crystal Zoo, Flynn is the author of five collections of poetry and a book of essays. His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, journals, and anthologies, and […]

Rockvale Review Ready to Launch

For all you poets out there, there’s a new kid in town, and a great new venue for showcasing your poetry. Rockvale Review is currently reading for its inaugural issue to be published in November. Seekers of “bold and vulnerable poetry,” Rockvale Review: …believes language is power, and poetry is one conduit into unleashing that […]

CHPL Celebrates Banned Books with Trading Cards

National Banned Books Week runs September 24-30. It’s a time for readers, librarians, and booksellers to celebrate those works that sometimes find themselves on the wrong side of school administrators. Books such as Catcher in the Rye, Slaughterhouse Five, and even Where’s Waldo? have all been in the crosshairs at one point or another. In anticipation […]

Find Your Next Summer Read

Summertime means vacation time. If you’re anything like us, your first thought, when planning for a trip, is “What am I going to bring with me to read?” Lucky for us, The Expert Editor, an Australian professional editing and proofreading company, has developed “The Ultimate Flowchart for Finding Your Next Book.” This infographic is loaded […]

The Statue of Liberty Is a Redhead

Every time a poem gets rejected, another angel gets its wings. Or something like that. In his acclaimed poem “Howl,” Beat poet Allen Ginsberg claimed the energetic books of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Neal Cassady were all “published in Heaven.” Luckily for today’s poets, Heaven is a place on Earth. Redheaded Stepchild literary magazine […]

Ride the Poetry Super Highway All Night Long

Earlier this month, the North Carolina Writers’ Network hosted our first-ever Online Open Mic. (In fact, we just posted the audio to SoundCloud, so if you’d like to give a listen, click here!) But we’re not the only ones taking advantage of new technology to connect poets across the state and around the world. Poetry […]

at Length Explores Form and the Limit of Our Attention Spans

It’s revolutionary, really, in this day and age, when even our government communicates to its citizens in 140-character tweets, to devote an entire literary publication to “ambitious, in-depth writing.” After all, a human is now said to have less attention span than a goldfish. And yet. At Length, based mostly in the Triangle, has garnered attention […]

Tracy K. Smith Named U.S. Poet Laureate

The U.S. Library of Congress has named Tracy K. Smith as the new U.S. Poet Laureate. Smith, 45, won the Pulitzer-Prize for her poetry collection Life on Mars and was a National Book Award finalist for nonfiction three years later for her memoir, Ordinary Light. She will serve a one-year term. According to Newsday: The […]