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Meet Reedsy

If you’re considering self-publishing your next book, you might consider exploring Reedsy, a London company with big plans to revolutionize the publishing industry by using technological innovation to craft better books. Reedsy offers many of the same “full service” publishing options as other companies, including editorial help, design work, and marketing/publicity. They carefully curate their […]

Lenoir County Student Wins Poetry Out Loud!

Jasmine Jackson from Kinston High School in Lenoir County won the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud Competition. She rose above competitors from twenty-eight other counties and will compete in the national finals in Washington, DC, this May. Jackson dazzled the judges with her breadth of performance: she read “Obedience, or the Lying Tale” by Jennifer […]

Pat Conroy, RIP

New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy of Beaufort, South Carolina, passed away last week at the age of seventy. His universally read books include The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated movies. There’s nothing we can say about him that hasn’t already been said better by […]

Bathanti named the Charles George VA Medical Center Writer-in-Residence

Posted courtesy of Appalachian State University: BOONE—Joseph Bathanti has been named the Charles George VA Medical Center (VAMC) Writer-in-Residence in an innovative program in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in Asheville. The program is funded by a North Carolina Arts Council and North Carolina Humanities Council grant. Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at […]

Those Timid Bourgeois Readers Probably Just Hate My Anarchist Politics

Cady Vishniac, a reader and copy editor for Raleigh Review (among the many other hats she wears), has a two-part series up at The MFA Years that should be required reading for anyone looking to land your poetry or prose in a lit mag. In Part One, Cady “clears up some misconceptions about submissions,” including: […]

Saturday Is State Championship for Poetry Out Loud

Let’s get ready to RUUUUMBLE! The Poetry Out Loud State Competition happens Saturday, March 5, at the Greensboro Central Public Library in Greensboro. High School students representing twenty-eight counties across North Carolina will compete for $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state […]

New State Capitol Statue Should Recognize Arts

After a twenty-five year moratorium on new statuary at the North Carolina State Capitol, a state-wide dialogue has begun for a new statue honoring African Americans in the Old North State. “I can’t think of a more appropriate way to recognize the contributions of African Americans to North Carolina’s history than a monument at the […]

Hendersonville Bookstore Needs New Logo

Since 2010, writers in Western North Carolina have grown to love the purveyor of books formerly known as The Fountainhead Bookstore—officially Novels and Novelties Bookstore as of the end of February. According to the store’s website, the name change was necessary because “Fountainhead” was often misunderstood, presumably by fans of Ayn Rand, who no doubt […]

New Pauli Murray Biography

North Carolina author and activist Pauli Murray was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 1998. Author of the famous autobiography Proud Shoes, which tells the story of her upbringing in Durham, Pauli received a law degree at Howard University, a Masters in Law from the University of California at Berkeley, and […]

Authors: Read This Before You Visit a Book Club

By Alice Osborn, NCWN Board Member and Wake County Regional Rep You’re an author who’s accepted an invitation to appear before the Wonderland Book Club (or another fine book club)—now what? Connecting with your readers through book clubs is a smart marketing strategy. Not only are you going to sell your books, you’re also strengthening […]