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Penelope Niven, RIP

Penelope Niven, the critically acclaimed biographer of Carl Sandburg and Thornton Wilder, has died. She was seventy-five. “She was just a beautiful person inside and out,” said poet and biographer Emily Herring Wilson. “She was extraordinary. She was a great public speaker and teacher. I heard her speak many times, often at Salem College. She […]

NCWN Sponsors Poetry in Plain Sight

The North Carolina Writers’ Network is a proud sponsor of September’s Poetry in Plain Sight Program. Poetry in Plain Sight brings poetry to downtown Winston-Salem. Four poems are chosen each month and displayed on posters in sixteen shop windows throughout Winston-Salem’s Arts District and downtown. The goal is to bring poetry to a wider audience […]

Let’s Thank Our State Government Reps

For the first time in what feels like a long time, the state budget signed earlier this month by the North Carolina governor sustained funding to the North Carolina Arts Council at current levels. ARTS North Carolina is asking constituents to write a hard copy letter to your Senator and Representative at their Raleigh office: […]

Announcing a New NC Publisher: Orison Books

“Orison” is a thirteenth century word meaning “prayer.” At Orison Books, a new Asheville-based press focusing on the life of the spirit, the staff believes “the best spiritual art and literature call us to meditate and contemplate, rather than asking us to adopt any ideology or set of propositions.” Determined that their list will ask […]

Spiral Bound Documentary Highlights Arts Education

On Tuesday, September 9, Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council will present the world premiere of Spiral Bound, a “documentary about the unlikely union of eight creative high school students from a youth development program and a group of liberal arts college students over the course of one summer.” Together, these education activists are seeking social […]

Be the Next Piedmont Laureate

The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from speculative fiction authors for 2015. Authors must be residents of Wake, Durham, or Orange counties. The deadline to apply is September 19 at 4:00 pm. The Piedmont Laureate program, co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts […]

RIP William Franklin McIlwain, Jr.

William Franklin McIlwain, Jr., former Newsday editor and member of the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, died last week in Winston-Salem. He was eighty-eight. McIlwain was born in 1925 in a farmhouse near Lancaster, South Carolina. His family relocated to Wilmington when he was in the sixth grade, and he later said he always […]

New Writing Group for Military in Fayetteville

Folks in and around the Cumberland County region—including Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Robeson, and Sampson Counties—take note: there’s a new writing group starting up on the first and third Saturday of the month. “Writing Can Help,” founded by Veterans Writing Collective member Jerry Bradley, hopes to “inspire artistic expression and creation and to encourage release, hope, […]

D.G. Martin Interviews Jaki Shelton Green

Poet Jaki Shelton Green, of Mebane, will be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 12. She sat down with D.G. Martin recently on WCHL 97.9 FM to talk about her work with female prisoners, how she writes “always with fear,” and her hope that her poetry can be understood […]

So What Does a Poet Laureate, You Know, Actually Do?

Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have an official poet laureate; the national Poet Laureate position, established in 1937, carries with it a $35,000 annual stipend. But what does a poet laureate actually do? The Indy Week examined this question in the aftermath of Governor Pat McCrory’s unilateral selection of Valerie Macon as North […]