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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 […]

Banu Valladares to Head SonEdna

Banu Valladares, former Literature Director for the North Carolina Arts Council, has taken the job of Executive Director with SonEdna, a literary arts organization based in Charleston, Mississippi. Prior to joining the NCAC in 2007, Valladares served at the Durham Arts Council as the director of arts in education and community partnerships. She taught writing […]

The A. R. Ammons Literary Scholarship

Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, North Carolina, has established the A. R. Ammons Literary Scholarship. A.R. Ammons, an inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, was born in Columbus County in 1926. He has been described as a major American poet in the tradition of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. Generally opting […]

Ed Southern to Visit Western NC

By Ed Southern, Executive Director, North Carolina Writers’ Network I will be in the western part of our state next week and will hold two public meetings for Network members: 2 P.M., Thursday, July 24, at City Lights Bookstore, 3 East Jackson St., Sylva 6 P.M., Thursday, July 24, at Kelsey’s Restaurant, 840 Spartanburg Highway, […]

Valerie Macon Resigns as Poet Laureate

Valerie Macon has resigned her appointment as North Carolina’s Poet Laureate, effective immediately. Governor Pat McCrory appointed Ms. Macon less than one week ago. In her resignation letter, Ms. Macon said she felt the negative attention was distracting from the “Office of Poet Laureate.” She also said: I would like to encourage everyone to read […]

Valerie Macon is North Carolina’s New Poet Laureate

By Ed Southern, Executive Director, North Carolina Writers’ Network The North Carolina Writers’ Network stands for writing as “everybody’s art.” In our mission statement, we affirm that “writing is necessary both for self-expression and a healthy community, that well-written words can connect people across time and distance, and that the deeply satisfying experiences of writing […]

Here’s to the Writingest State!

At this year’s Squire Summer Writing Residency, registrants got to know one another by collaborating on new stanzas for North Carolina’s State Toast. North Carolina is the only U.S. state with an official toast. Here’s the first stanza of the original: Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine, The summer land where the […]

SIBA Announces 2014 Book Award Winners

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their 2014 Book Award Winners. Two North Carolina residents and a North Carolina-based press are among those honored. Cathy Smith Bowers, of Charlotte, won the Poetry category for The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers (Press 53). Bowers was North Carolina’s sixth Poet Laureate, 2010-2012. Press 53 is […]

See Yourself on the Silver Screen

From the Council for the Arts (Jacksonville/Onslow): Want to be in Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride movie? Now is your chance! You will be helping the Council for the Arts! The Longest Ride will be filming a rodeo scene in Jacksonville, NC, the last three days in July (Tuesday, July 29, Wednesday, July 30, and […]