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Two New Series Broadcast Poetry

There’s something poetic in the air these days—or rather, on the air. The North Carolina Poetry Society has launched two new audio programs to celebrate their 90th anniversary! January 14 marked their first on-air appearance on WHUP 104.7. Hosted by Bob Burtman, this new show will feature a different poet every four weeks. The launch […]

NCWN Contest Season – Best Submission Practices

By Deonna Kelli Sayed Congrats on submitting to an NCWN contest! We are in the throes of contest season. Here are a few best practices for those new to submitting. Please review contest guidelines and deadlines prior to submitting. Submittable is the online submission hub for our contests. Anyone who submits online needs to create […]

Fields Lie Fallow: How to Accept Writers’ Block (and What to Do about It)

by Kat Bodrie My husband is in a musical slump. Since creating his first electronic album last year, he’s mostly been making music for himself—tapping out beats and improvising melodies on one of his synthesizers with his headphones on, personal DJ sessions that go unrecorded. But after our cat, Rita, passed away in November, he […]

Ronald H. Bayes, RIP

For the second time in as many weeks, the North Carolina literary community finds itself mourning the loss of a wonderful friend and writer, after learning that North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Ronald H. Bayes passed away over the weekend. He was 89 years old. “Ron Bayes does not consider life a spectator […]

David T. Manning, RIP

The North Carolina literary community mourns the loss of beloved poet and friend David Treadway Manning (1928 – 2021), who passed away on November 24. Productive until the end, his poetry collection Sailing the Bright Stream: New & Selected Poems (Press 53) won the 2021 Brockman Campbell Award for Poetry from the NC Poetry Society. […]

Heather Bell Adams Named Piedmont Laureate

Raleigh author Heather Bell Adams, a longtime member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, has been named The Piedmont Laureate for 2022. She follows the 2021 Piedmont Laureate, children’s author Kelly Starling Lyons. Heather Bell Adams is the author of Maranatha Road (West Virginia University Press 2017), which won the IPPY gold medal for the […]

Poetry In Plain Sight 2022 – 2023

By Sam Barbee, North Carolina Poetry Society I am pleased to announce the 48 poems to be featured in Poetry In Plain Sight 2022 and 2023 have been selected. Eighty-one North Carolina poets submitted this year, with overall entries totaling two hundred and eleven. For the complete list, click here. The judges commented on the […]

Happy Trails to Wayne Martin of the NCAC

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: November 29, 2021 Dear friends, I am writing to share good news for the arts. The state budget approved by the legislature and signed by Governor Cooper includes an additional $15 million in American Rescue Plan funding for the North Carolina Arts Council. An increase of […]

Three NC Authors (at Least!) Among NPR’s Best Books

At least three books by North Carolina authors are among National Public Radio’s “Best Books 2021.” NPR staff and trusted critics recommend some 2,800 titles, all sortable by category. Among the recommendations are: The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus (Liveright) By Allan Gurganus NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Allan Gurganus offers nine classic tales, […]

NC Authors Among Southern Book Prize Finalists

Four North Carolina authors are among the finalists for the 2021 Southern Book Prize, sponsored by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, including one member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Well, it’s a bit disingenuous to say “a member.” We’re thrilled that Ed Southern, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, is a […]