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Be the Next Piedmont Laureate

The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from speculative fiction authors for 2015. Authors must be residents of Wake, Durham, or Orange counties. The deadline to apply is September 19 at 4:00 pm. The Piedmont Laureate program, co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts […]

RIP William Franklin McIlwain, Jr.

William Franklin McIlwain, Jr., former Newsday editor and member of the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, died last week in Winston-Salem. He was eighty-eight. McIlwain was born in 1925 in a farmhouse near Lancaster, South Carolina. His family relocated to Wilmington when he was in the sixth grade, and he later said he always […]

New Writing Group for Military in Fayetteville

Folks in and around the Cumberland County region—including Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Robeson, and Sampson Counties—take note: there’s a new writing group starting up on the first and third Saturday of the month. “Writing Can Help,” founded by Veterans Writing Collective member Jerry Bradley, hopes to “inspire artistic expression and creation and to encourage release, hope, […]

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 […]