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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 […]

NC LIVE Brings 1,200 New e-Books to Patrons

From the North Carolina State University Libraries: RALEIGH, NC – NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide public and academic library consortium, is experimenting with a new e-Book project that gives North Carolina library patrons unlimited access to more than 1,200 e-Book titles from North Carolina-based publishers. This collection offers a wide range of content, including novels […]

Come See Us at BookMarks This Weekend

What are you doing on Saturday? The North Carolina Writers’ Network will have a booth at the BookMarks Festival of Books and Authors in downtown Winston-Salem. Why not stop by and say hi? We’re also the proud sponsor of that day’s “Southern Identity in Writing” panel featuring Jeremy B. Jones, Mary Alice Monroe, and North […]

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: […]