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Meet Our Spring Conference Exhibitors – Part 1

The North Carolina Writers’ Network hosts our annual Spring Conference on Saturday, April 23, at UNCG. Registration is now open. Along with a full-day of workshops and sessions, faculty readings and open mics, we’ll offer an exhibit hall packed with vendors. In this three-part series, we’ll introduce the awesome North Carolina literary organizations who will […]

North Carolina Award Nominations

From our friends at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: RALEIGH, N.C. – Just over two weeks remain to make a nomination for the 2016 North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state. The nomination period closes April 15, 2016. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, the award recognizes “notable […]

Nancy Olson, RIP

Nancy Olson, founder of Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, died yesterday. She was seventy-five. For twenty-nine years, Quail Ridge Books has been at the center of the Triangle’s literary scene. National bestselling authors have graced its stage alongside local writers. The store’s selection has always been hand-crafted to offer strong support for book […]

Doris Betts Spring Literary Festival

Beloved teacher of writing and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Doris Betts won three Sir Walter Raleigh awards, the Southern Book Award, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal for the Short Story, among other recognitions. Among her many novels, […]

Meet the Slush Pile Live! Panelists

For the second year in a row, the North Carolina Writers’ Network Spring Conference will feature Slush Pile Live! Last year’s sessions were insanely popular, with folks camping out in the seminar rooms more than an hour before the program began. This year will be just as thrilling but with one (hopefully) improvement: Slush Pile […]

Meet Reedsy

If you’re considering self-publishing your next book, you might consider exploring Reedsy, a London company with big plans to revolutionize the publishing industry by using technological innovation to craft better books. Reedsy offers many of the same “full service” publishing options as other companies, including editorial help, design work, and marketing/publicity. They carefully curate their […]

Lenoir County Student Wins Poetry Out Loud!

Jasmine Jackson from Kinston High School in Lenoir County won the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud Competition. She rose above competitors from twenty-eight other counties and will compete in the national finals in Washington, DC, this May. Jackson dazzled the judges with her breadth of performance: she read “Obedience, or the Lying Tale” by Jennifer […]

Pat Conroy, RIP

New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy of Beaufort, South Carolina, passed away last week at the age of seventy. His universally read books include The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated movies. There’s nothing we can say about him that hasn’t already been said better by […]

Bathanti named the Charles George VA Medical Center Writer-in-Residence

Posted courtesy of Appalachian State University: BOONE—Joseph Bathanti has been named the Charles George VA Medical Center (VAMC) Writer-in-Residence in an innovative program in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in Asheville. The program is funded by a North Carolina Arts Council and North Carolina Humanities Council grant. Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at […]

Those Timid Bourgeois Readers Probably Just Hate My Anarchist Politics

Cady Vishniac, a reader and copy editor for Raleigh Review (among the many other hats she wears), has a two-part series up at The MFA Years that should be required reading for anyone looking to land your poetry or prose in a lit mag. In Part One, Cady “clears up some misconceptions about submissions,” including: […]