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Meet the Fall Conference Exhibitors

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Fall Conference runs November 21-23 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte. Registration is now open. You may already know the weekend is packed with workshops, panels, and readings by distinguished faculty from North Carolina and beyond. But we’ll also have exhibitors on hand, representing some of the finest […]

Grant to Help Revitalize Cherokee Language

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: Frank Brannon, a book artist from Dillsboro, has been selected for the first Mary B. Regan Residency Grant for a project to revitalize the Cherokee language through his artistry as a letterpress printer. Brannon’s one-year project is based on his work with a program he supports […]

What Makes Charlotte a Unique Place to be a Writer?

The North Carolina Writers’ Network will hold our 2014 Fall Conference November 21-23 in Charlotte. Also known as “The Queen City,” Charlotte is a unique place to be a writer—but don’t take our word for it. “The Cabarrus-Rowan chapter of NCWN is a small but mighty group. Whether you are an experienced or emerging author, […]

Last Call for Nominations for North Carolina’s Poet Laureate

From the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: Nominations for the North Carolina poet laureate, the ambassador of North Carolina literature, will close soon on October 14. Nominations can be made online at www.NCDCR.gov/PoetLaureate. Governor Pat McCrory will announce his selection in early December. The post, created by the General Assembly in 1935, uses the […]

Quail Ridge Books Celebrates 30 Years of Business

Nancy Olson founded Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh in 1984. Dedicated to providing “carefully selected books, events, discussion groups and town hall meetings,” Quail Ridge has been awarded Publishers’ Weekly Bookseller of the Year, the Pannell Award for Excellence in Children’s Bookselling, and the Haslam Award for Excellence in Bookselling. On Sunday, October […]

Remember: Thursday Is Poetry Day

On Thursday, October 2, readers and writers across the UK will celebrate National Poetry Day, a public celebration of poetry with live events, classroom activities, and broadcasts, as well as  performances in “streets, squares, supermarkets, parks, train stations, bus-stops and post-boxes.” In 2013, for example, Prince Charles performed Dylan Thomas’ “Fern Hill.” The theme for […]

Hillsborough: Where Writers are Just “Members of the Community”

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Hillsborough, NC—population 6,087—focusing on how this small town has become a mecca of sorts for writers. The article features favorite Tar Heel authors Michael Malone, Jill McCorkle, and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Allan Gurganus, with photographs of Gurganus’ stunning farmhouse renovation that includes rooms filled with […]

Dylan’s Great Poem

Young people around the world have a chance to celebrate National Poetry Day in a unique way: by helping to pen an epic 100-line bilingual poem inspired by the work of legendary Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. On Thursday, October 2 (National Poetry Day), anyone aged seven to twenty-five from anywhere in the world can go […]

Poetry’s Slow Digital Revolution

Many publishers have resisted releasing poetry collections as e-books, for a variety of reasons, mostly centered around the difficult task of faithfully reproducing a poet’s line breaks for devices that vary in physical size and that allow readers to shrink or enlarge the font. There’s also the “fetishistic” nature of many readers of poetry, who […]

Time to Nominate NC’s Next Poet Laureate

From the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: RALEIGH—Nominations for the state’s next poet laureate, the ambassador of North Carolina literature, will be accepted now through October 14, online at www.NCDCR.gov/PoetLaureate. The timeline is short, so immediate attention to nominations is encouraged. The post, created by the General Assembly in 1935, uses the office as […]