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More than a Poet, but a Poet First: a Tribute to Maya Angelou

By Ed Southern, Executive Director, NCWN Maya Angelou did so much more than write. She danced with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, sang calypso, became the first African-American woman to operate a San Francisco cable car, acted on stage and in films and in Roots, composed a film score, edited newspapers, raised money for Martin […]

Dr. Maya Angelou, RIP

The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that beloved poet, actress, and activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. WXII 12 News has confirmed. Dr. Angelou lived in Winston-Salem and was the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill […]

So What’s the Deal with Authors Alliance?

Authors Alliance celebrated its public launch on May 21. A membership organization devoted to “promoting authorship for the public good by supporting authors who write to be read,” Authors Alliance: …embraces the unprecedented potential digital networks have for the creation and distribution of knowledge and culture. We represent the interests of authors who want to […]

NC Arts Day

By Ed Southern, Executive Director, North Carolina Writers’ Network Yesterday I joined hundreds of other representatives from North Carolina’s arts organizations for “Arts Day” at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. We spent the day visiting legislators in their offices, making the case for sustained funding of the North Carolina Arts Council and its […]

Wishing Barnhill’s a Speedy Recovery

Like any great duo you can name, books and wine pair naturally together. Triad residents had plenty of reasons to rejoice back in 2010 when Barnhill’s opened in downtown Winston-Salem, because finally here was a store dedicated not only to promoting local authors and publishers, but also committed to sharing regional—as in North Carolina—wine. Unfortunately, […]

Bathanti: A Documentary

Some of you may have already had the chance to see the documentary Bathanti, in which Pittsburgh native and Poet Laureate of North Carolina Joseph Bathanti travels with filmmaker Kevin Balling to the places that inform Bathanti’s poetry, novels, short stories, and essays. Bathanti, of course, is the current North Carolina Poet Laureate and a […]

Announcing the 2014 SIBA Book Award Finalists

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced the finalists for the 2014 SIBA Book Award, and there are several Tar Heel writers and one North Carolina small press among the distinguished list of names. The SIBA Book Award recognizes great southern literature from the last year. These titles represent “booksellers’ favorite hand-sells of the year […]

Severe Weather This Week

As Richard Wilbur wrote in his poem, “A Storm in April”: Some winters, taking leave, Deal us a last, hard blow… **snip** This storm, if I am right, Will not be wholly over Till green fields, here and there, Turn white with clover, And through chill air the puffs of milkweed hover. With severe weather […]

Booktopia Coming to Asheville

Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville will host Booktopia 2014, August 22-24. This nationwide program tends to sell out fast—like, in an hour fast—and registration for the Asheville happening opens soon. Click here to sign up to be notified as soon as registration opens. From the website: Booktopia is a series of weekend reader/author retreats hosted by […]

Today, Give a Book to Someone You Love

Did you know that UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has declared April 23 “World Book and Copyright Day”? That’s a bit of a mouthful, however, so today is often referred to, worldwide, as “The International Day of the Book.” Way back in 1995, UNESCO declared: 23 April is a symbolic date […]