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15th Annual African American Cultural Celebration

Civil Rights—march on! That’s the theme of the 15th Annual African American Cultural Celebration happening Saturday, January 30, from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Supported in part by the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission; PNC; the City of Raleigh, based on recommendation of the Raleigh […]

Poetry Bracketology: Nominations Open!

If you’re a college basketball fan, March really is the month of madness—especially here in North Carolina. Now poets can get in on the action with “Poetry Bracketology,” led by North Carolina Writers’ Network member and teacher Suzanne Baldwin Leitner. Just like the NCAA college basketball tournament, “Poetry Bracketology” takes 64 poems (teams) divided into […]

The 2016 Piedmont Laureate

Durham mystery writer Katy Munger has been named the 2016 Piedmont Laureate. The Piedmont Laureate program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing. Co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh […]

Like Food? Write Poetry?

In a continuing celebration of Southern culture and arts, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, an Atlanta-based restaurant offering contemporary Southern cuisine, invites poets from across the South to participate in the first annual White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Prize in Southern Poetry. Poems will be on the topic of Love, no matter what the context, […]

Consider Word Mule for Your Next Writing Project

Whether your manuscript needs to be proofread or you’re looking to work with a ghostwriter, Word Mule, based in Charleston, SC, is a one-stop-shop for all your literary design and production needs. They offer the following services: EDITING. Two cents a word, $35 minimum, estimated two-week turnaround time on a 90K word novel. WRITING. They […]

NC Poet Receives Witter Bynner Fellowship

North Carolina native Allison Hedge Coke has received the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellowship. The $10,000 grant “promotes poetry in American culture and encourages grant proposals that expand awareness of the positive effects of poetry on society.” Coke was selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; the fellowship is sponsored by the Witter Bynner Foundation […]

Incarcerated Writers Seek “Pen Pal” Tutors

Our Mission Statement says “(t)he North Carolina Writers’ Network believes 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 and reading should be available to everyone.” And we mean it. Every year we receive handwritten […]

Broadway’s “Bright Star” Shines on Asheville

A couple things piqued my interest when I saw that a new musical, “Bright Star,” written by Steve Martin with music by Edie Brickell, was set to open on Broadway. First, I’d always wondered what had “happened” to Edie Brickell, who seemed to have completely fallen off the radar after producing what were, in my […]

Literary Walking Tour of Wilmington

The next time you’re in Wilmington—or if you’re lucky enough to live there—you might consider signing up for the “Literary History Walking Tour.” (Mostly) led by Gwenyfar Rohler, owner of Old Books on Front Street and columnist for Encore, the Literary History Walking Tour is a “90 minute walking tour of the literary history of […]

Members Selected for 2016 Winter Okra Picks

North Carolina Writers’ Network members Taylor Brown and Lee Smith have books coming out this month, and they’ve been selected as 2016 Winter Okra Picks by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Taylor Brown’s debut novel Fallen Land (St. Martin’s Press) is set in “the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on […]