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St. Andrews Welcomes Black Mountain College Festival

In the more than half-century since it closed in 1956, Black Mountain College, an experimental college once located in the western North Carolina mountains, has taken on the stuff of myth and legend. Founded on the heels of “the closing of the Bauhaus by the Nazis, and the beginning of the persecution of artists and […]

New Website for NC Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council launched a new website this month: www.ncarts.org. Graphic-based, efficient, and modern, the new site highlights favorite programs through a slideshow on the home page and offers easy access to other features through a drop-down menu up top. The site and the new A+Schools website are mobile friendly and were designed […]

Joseph Bathanti Receives North Carolina Award

Former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti has received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor in the state. A longtime friend of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and a familiar face at Network events (he was most recently the featured guest at Saturday’s Fall Conference luncheon, in 2014), Bathanti is the […]

Greensboro’s Visual Poetry Project

Between now and November, in downtown Greensboro, poetry lovers can take a self-guided walking tour and see eleven different sculptures that have been created in response to poems. Sponsored by the Writers’ Group of the Triad, The Visual Poetry Project paired eleven poets with eleven different artists in the ekphrastic tradition: Sculptures are generally located […]

Genius?

There’s a theory of movie-making, espoused (if not invented) by t.v. and film critic Chris Ryan, that if you “put dope actors in your movie,” your movie will be good. That seems to be the running theory behind Genius, out this summer, which follows the story of American Southern writer Thomas Wolfe and his connections […]

Sally Buckner Receives The Order of the Long Leaf Pine

This Thursday, August 11, Sally Buckner will be honored with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Among the most prestigious awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina is The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. It is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that […]

WCPSS Hall of Fame to Induct Nancy Olson

Nancy Olson, founder of Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, passed away in March. On Wednesday, October 12, Nancy will be inducted into the Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame. Credited with “sparking a literacy renaissance in North Carolina,” Nancy founded QRB in 1984. The store hosts countless literary events, book clubs, […]

Boost in Arts Funding Benefits all 100 NC Counties

From our friends at the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources: Raleigh—The new budget signed by Governor Pat McCrory will allow the North Carolina Arts Council to support an extensive arts infrastructure across North Carolina, including arts programs in all 100 counties funded through the Grassroots Arts Program, with more than $7.1 million […]

For the Advancement of Indigenous Cultures

Throughout the country, Native organizations face the challenge of preserving the culture and stories of the indigenous communities they’ve been created to serve. None more so than the Cherokee, whose Trail of Tears began in Western North Carolina. The pressures these Native populations face, both in terms of economics and culture, are very real. The […]

Let the NC Literary Map Be Your Guide

If you’ve been to a Network conference in the past few years, then you’ve likely chatted with a representative from the North Carolina Literary Map. They’ve been an exciting and constant presence in our exhibit hall since their founding in 2010. In the last six years, they’ve developed a unique program that has positioned them […]