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In Every Ending, a Beginning: The Regulator

Just a heads up that The Regulator Bookshop in Durham will close briefly for renovations March 4-6. Tom Campbell and John Valentine have owned The Regulator for forty years, but will celebrate their retirement at the end of the month. (Congratulations!) After which, they’ll hand over the reins to two longtime employees, Elliot Berger and […]

Self-Sufficient and Therefore Free: Main Street Rag

Charlotte-based Main Street Rag is an independent small press that is independent in the truest sense of the word: not affiliated with a university; not supported by grants or public funds; and wholly reliant on reader support through subscriptions and direct sales and bookstores. It’s a business model that not only grants them total artistic […]

Divine Poetry in the Land of the Longleaf Pine

“Here’s to the land of the longleaf pine,” declares North Carolina’s State Toast. This is, in fact, its opening line. Before the rhododendron, before the scuppernong, comes the seemingly omnipresent longleaf pine. The non-profit Longleaf Press, housed at Methodist University in Fayetteville, publishes both chapbooks and full-length poetry collections. Founded in 1997, they are open […]

US Government Releases Proposed Budget for FY 2019

Yesterday, the Trump Administration released their proposed budget for FY 2019. From Americans for the Arts: The Trump Administration’s proposed FY 2019 budget calls for the termination of our nation’s cultural grant-making agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services […]

Josef Petersen: Writer and 3-Time Olympic Medalist

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. In the coming weeks, many of us will watch these sporting contests with a mixture of appreciation—for the remarkable athleticism and work ethic on display—and utter incomprehension—because in truth, very few of us have ever hurtled down a luge track at 87 mph, or […]

What Other States Offer Literary Halls of Fame?

On Sunday, October 7, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will induct five new members. Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., Randall Kenan, Jill McCorkle, Penelope Niven, and Marsha White Warren will join the sixty writers currently enshrined. We’re not the only Southern state to offer a Literary or “Writers” Hall of Fame. The Alabama […]

Bull City Press Charges into 2018

“Bull City Press started because I wanted to be a cheerleader for other people,” founder and Executive Director Ross White said in a 2014 profile in INDY Week. Founded in Durham in 2006, Bull City Press began as a publisher of a literary imprint, inch (profiled on this blog last year), then grew into a […]

Exploring the American Writers Museum

Last weekend, I had the chance to visit the new American Writers Museum in Chicago, Illinois. I’d been looking forward to checking it out, having followed its initial fundraising efforts several years ago through its opening in the summer of 2017. The result is an interactive full-immersion museum experience for book lovers. You know how […]

St. Andrews University Press Approaches 50 Years of Excellence

St. Andrews University Press, based in Laurinburg, is about to turn fifty: a testimony to their legacy of excellence. Founded as America’s first undergraduate press in 1969, St. Andrews University Press has since published over 200 titles of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama, including North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductees Fred Chappell, Sam Ragan, […]

Press 53 and the World as It Is

If you’ve been to a North Carolina Writers’ Network event in the past seven years (at least), you’ve seen Press 53 represented in our exhibit hall, on our panels, and in our Critique Service and Manuscript Marts. They publish a lot of renowned North Carolina writers. Our own Executive Director, Ed Southern, for one. Also, […]