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Groundbreaking Saturday for Indie Bookstore

We’re out-of-our-minds excited for a new, independent bookstore to open in Winston-Salem.

Here’s the latest from our friends at Bookmarks:

WINSTON-SALEM—Bookmarks will celebrate National Independent Bookstore Day with a Groundbreaking and Celebration for its new bookstore and gathering space on Saturday, April 29, at 10 am in the Breezeway at 634 West Fourth St. in downtown Winston-Salem.

This free event will feature special remarks by Councilman Jeff MacIntosh; a construction-themed story time with children’s author Megan Bryant and her picture book, Dump Truck Duck; book sales; and a sneak peek tour of Bookmarks’ new gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore.

Bookmarks’ expansion to its new location at 634 West Fourth St. #110 will include an independent bookstore, a dynamic event and gathering space, Bookmarks’ offices, and the Foothills Café. Construction is underway with plans to open in Summer, 2017. The parking lot with entry off Holly Avenue has more than eighty spaces.

In January, 2017, Bookmarks joined the Independent Booksellers of Piedmont North Carolina (IBOP*NC), a group of twelve independent bookstores located in the central region of the state dedicated to promoting reading and creating community across Central North Carolina. IBOP*NC is part of a larger, national effort to recognize and celebrate independent bookstores nationwide. Visit for more information.

Independent Bookstore Day is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in April. Now in its third year, more than 490 independent bookstores in forty-eight states will participate. Independent bookstore locations have increased nationally from 1,651 in 2009 to 2,311 in 2016. Visit for more information.

Megan Bryant is a former children’s book editor who has written more than 250 children’s books (including a New York Times bestseller) for ages ranging from babies to teens. Her forthcoming books include My Easter Egg (board book, 2018); and the Pocket Genius chapter book series. Visit for more information.

Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading and writing in the community. Their programming connects readers with authors and books and is achieved through the largest annual book festival in North and South Carolina, an Authors in Schools program, which reaches 7,500 students annually, and year-round events in their gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore. Visit for more information.

Nobody Writes Alone: Alice Osborn

Alice Osborn

Alice Osborn

In support of the North Carolina Writers’ Network “Nobody Writes Alone” campaign, we’ve asked beloved authors to weigh-in on what the North Carolina Writers’ Network means to them.

Fourteen years ago, I declared I was writer.

It was time to finally go for it, but while I knew I couldn’t be anything else, I also knew I had a long learning curve. After all, nobody writes alone. Since I couldn’t fathom failing, I quickly joined the North Carolina Writers’ Network and attended my first-ever Fall Conference in Wilmington without knowing anyone. It was the best decision I had ever made (besides marrying my husband), and it set me on a journey as a published poet/songwriter, book/magazine editor, and writing coach.

Why was it such a great decision? I quickly met fellow writers and learned from authors much more advanced than me. Everyone was so authentic and real. I had finally found my tribe.

Thanks to the Network and its newsletters, conferences, and fellow members, I didn’t feel overwhelmed when it came to publishing, agents, editors, and queries. I quickly found a writers’ group who kept me accountable, and after I completed graduate school, I gave back to the Network by volunteering as a Regional Representative. The Network also gave me teaching and critique opportunities to help me establish my professional reputation. Soon, instead of me asking for help from a fellow member, I connected members who needed each other so they could both become successful.

After a few more years of dedicated service, one of the highest honors I ever received was being nominated to the NC Writers’ Network’s Board of Trustees. Now I could help make decisions for the organization that had given me so much.

My enthusiasm for the Network only grew, and I decided I could give not only my time, but also my money: to help defray costs or to help a member attend the Fall Conference. My donations have a direct impact on the Network’s success, and yours can too!

Please consider giving a financial gift to the Network to help a fellow writer attend a conference where their confidence and opportunities will blossom. An investment in one person will continue to grow our state’s literary legacy so that we can forever be known as “the Writingest State.”
—Alice Osborn, Raleigh

Alice Osborn’s past educational (MA in English, NCSU, and BS in Finance, VA Tech) and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as an editor, writing coach, and poet-musician. In the past decade, Alice has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction and memoir authors of nearly all ages, both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in The News and Observer in Raleigh, The Broad River Review, Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review, and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, two children, four loud birds, and Mr. Nibbles, the guinea pig. Visit Alice’s website at

To read the first testimonial, from NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Lee Smith, click here. To read the testimonial from NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green, click here. To read the testimonal from NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Clyde Edgerton, click here.

You can make your gift online with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover; over the phone by calling 336-293-8844 or 919-308-3228; or by mailing your check to:

P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Glint Literary Journal Comortable Living on Edge

Glint Literary Journal

There are no shortage of online literary journals. Some present their material just as a print publication would, as text against an otherwise blank page.

Others, such as North Carolina-based Glint Literary Journal, embrace the online medium as an opportunity to do as much with their material as a print magazine can—and much more.

One of the first things a visitor to Glint’s website notices are the photographs. Edgy, a bit other-worldly, there are many photographs, some in black and white, that seem to be shot in crumbling, urban environments or modern ruins. The home page offers a photograph of a street-sign: Puragory Road and Paradise Avenue. One gets the sense, entering the current issue, that this is a literary rag concerned with questions of nuance and strangeness, which sees itself as existing on the edge, the border between what we know and what might be possible.

Glint publishes poetry, short fiction, hybrid genre, creative nonfiction, book reviews, visual art, and multimedia creations (such as visual poetry collaborations):

Glint Literary Journal celebrates innovation in style and voice…. We also appreciate aesthetic endeavors that straddle boundaries between genres. Glint is especially invested in publishing work by and about persons of diverse cultural backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, classes, and religions.

What’s a hybrid genre? At least for Issue 7 (Fall, 2016), work published under “Hybrd Genre” present as brief prose poems or flash pieces that also might combine elements of poetry, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The current issue also offers poetry by Kryssa Schemmerling, fiction by Jevin Lee Albuquerque; memoir by Anthony Green; and much, much more.

Those interested in submitting should send no more than six poems or twenty-five pages of prose at a time. Visual artists may submit up to six images. Glint recently closed their open submission period, so be sure to check back around the first of the year.

Read the current issues, and dig through the archive, at They are also on Facebook.

Prime Number Offers Indivisible Poetry and Prose

Prime Number Magazine #107

Issue #107

Some literary journals have one or two editors whose reigns span decades. Over time, the publication takes on their voices and comes to display the tastes, passions, and yes, the blind-spots of their editors, forged by the years.

Prime Number Magazine, the literary journal of Press 53, based in Winston-Salem, has made a different choice. If necessity is the mother of invention, the journal faced a dilemma when both their poetry editor and fiction editor resigned simultaneously prior to Issue 83, in 2016. Instead of hiring new permanent editors, the rag decided each issue would now feature two guest editors and introduce work by the guest editors for the forthcoming issue.

Published quarterly, Prime Number Magazine hopes to “find and share remarkable voices to ignite and inspire remarkable minds.” Every issue is free to read online.

The most recent, Issue 107, offers three poems and three short stories selected by guest editors Robert Lee Brewer and Elizabeth Gonzalez; an introduction to next issue’s guest editors Gabrielle Brant Freeman and Chauna Craig; and a remembrance of Okla Elliott by Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson. Each issue features the winners of the 53-Word Story Contest, held monthly. Past contributors include Denise Smith Cline, Christine Hale, current Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman, Joseph R. Mills, Ty Stumpf, and many others.

Prime Number Magazine “seeks to publish distinctive poetry and short fiction, regardless of theme, form, or style. Contributors will include both emerging and established writers as selected by our guest editors.” Submissions are open year-round. Poets should submit one unpublished poem, no more than three pages. Fiction writers should submit no more than 5,303 words. All submissions should go through Press 53’s Submittable portal.

While all issues are free to read online, you can sign up to be notified whenever a new issue comes out, here.

Prime Number Magazine holds two annual contests, both of which have deadlines in mid-April. The Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry awards $1,000 and publication to a collection of poems no less than 60 pages and no more than 120 pages in length. The Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Fiction awards $1,000 and publication to a collection of short stories. The 2017 winners were Leona Sevick (Poetry) and Stephanie Carpenter (Fiction).

Follow Prime Number Magazine on Facebook, Twitter, or visit their website at

And by the way, don’t be alarmed if you’re cruising the archives and it looks like many issues are “missing.” Prime Number Magazine numbers their issues only with prime numbers, so if you’re looking for issue 100, say, you’ll be looking for a long time! It doesn’t exist.

Happy reading!

Nobody Writes Alone: Clyde Edgerton

Clyde Edgerton

In support of the North Carolina Writers’ Network “Nobody Writes Alone” campaign, we’ve asked beloved authors to weigh-in on what the North Carolina Writers’ Network means to them.

“I wish the NCWN had been around when I started writing. I could have gotten the support and expertise that would have saved time in my getting published—finally. North Carolina is lucky to have an organization that works humanely and energetically for the writers among us. Writers from other states are surely jealous.”
—Clyde Edgerton, Wilmington

Clyde Edgerton, raised in the community of Bethesda, near Durham, has published ten novels, a book of advice (Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers) and a memoir (Solo, My Adventures in the Air). The Night Train, his tenth novel, was published by Little, Brown in 2011 and received multiple starred reviews. Three of his novels have been made into movies: Raney, Walking Across Egypt, and Killer Diller. The latter two are now available on DVD. Stage adaptations have been made from Raney, Walking Across Egypt, The Floatplane Notebooks, Killer Diller, Where Trouble Sleeps, Lunch at the Piccadilly, and The Bible Salesman. Edgerton’s short stories and essays have been published in New York Times Magazine, Best American Short Stories, Southern Review, Oxford American, Garden & Gun, and other publications. Edgerton is a musician and has performed with musicians including Jim Watson, Mike Craver, Jack King, and Matt Kendrick. Audio albums and CDs on which he has performed include most recently The Bible Salesman, music and story, with Mike Craver.

Edgerton, a 2016 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, is the Thomas S. Kenan III professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He lives in Wilmington with his wife, Kristina, and their children.

To read the first testimonial, from NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Lee Smith, click here. To read the testimonial from NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green, click here.

You can make your gift online with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover; over the phone by calling 336-293-8844 or 919-308-3228; or by mailing your check to:

P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Introducing Our Spring Conference Exhibitors: Part 3

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2017 Spring Conference may be closed, but you can still join us: we’ll open on-site registration bright and early at 8:00 am on Saturday, April 22.

We’ve been rolling out the list of vendors who will be in our exhibit hall that day. In case you missed them, here is Part 1, and here is Part 2.

And bringing us home….

Edmund R. Schubert is the author of the novel, Dreaming Creek, and over fifty short stories. Some of his early stories are collected in The Trouble with Eating Clouds; newer ones can be found in This Giant Leap. Schubert also contributed to and edited the nonfiction book How to Write Magical Words. In addition to writing, Schubert served for ten years as head editor of the online, bi-monthly magazine InterGalactic Medicine Show (including publishing three IGMS anthologies and winning two WSFA Small Press Awards), resigning from the post in 2016 to make writing his primary focus. He’ll also be a panelist at the third annual Slush Pile Live!

Two of Cups Press, based in Greensboro, has a bias for poetry (specifically anthologies and chapbooks). They’re a small operation willing to take on a handful of projects each year, sometimes posting open calls. They want to partner with poets, artists, other small presses. They want to capture magic on paper. They run an annual chapbook contest, where the winner and finalists are considered for publication. View their list here. Editor Leigh Ann Hornfeldt will be a panelist for the third annual Slush Pile Live!

Wisdom House Books is a publishing hybrid boutique, offering all the advantages of alternative publishing while still maintaining a standard of the highest quality production and design. They make publishing one’s manuscript easy and affordable. Their mission is to produce quality books that make a positive difference in the world. Whether a writer has an inspiring personal story, a spiritual message, a key to better health and well-being, or a new method for financial success, they will personally and professionally guide a book through the publishing process with care and integrity. They provide all the services of a major publisher, but the author retains 100 percent of the royalties and 100 percent of the selling profits. There are no “Publishing Packages” or “Levels” here. They simply offer a list of services to select based on what works best for an author’s goals and budget. For a list of Wisdom House Books authors, click here. Editor Arielle Hebert will be a panelist for the third annual Slush Pile Live!

Written Word Media hopes to empower authors and publishers to reach their audience and help readers find their next great book. Written Word Media has served over 30,000 authors, many of whom are self-published, and works with three of the big five major publishers as well as a long list of smaller publishers and publicists on book promotions. Written Word Media has a combined audience of over 800,000 readers of which over 600,000 receive email book recommendations based on their genre and device preferences. Their philosophy and mission have remained unchanged from the day we launched our first site – to provide authors and publishers an affordable, effective marketing product and to help readers of varying preferences and budgets to find their next great read.

Channel Your Inner Kerouac at QRB

The Typewriter Project

The Typewriter Project

Legend has it that Beat writer Jack Kerouac pounded out the entire manuscript of his best-known work, On the Road, via typewriter on one long scroll of paper during a three-week Benzedrine binge.

Now, Triangle literati can channel their inner Kerouac—hopefully without the bennies—and hustle down to Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. There are still a couple weeeks left in April, which means there’s still plenty of time to participate in The Typewriter Project:

The Typewriter Project is a series of literary installations, of which North Hills is now one, which invites passersby to join in a linguistic exchange that exists in both the analog and digital realms. The booth is outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot long paper scroll, and a custom-built USB Typewriter kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment on. You type it in, and a feed posts it directly to The Typewriter Project website maintained by the Poetry Society of New York. How cool is that!?

You can check out the feed here!

Raleigh is the first location outside of New York City to host this proejct. Hours of operation are 9:00 am – 7:30 pm daily.

The Typewriter Project’s mission is to investigate, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious of Raleigh while providing a fun, interactive way for the public to engage with the written word.

The Typewriter Project’s first installation appeared on Governors Island at the New York City Poetry Festival in July, 2014. The Typewriter Project is a program of The Poetry Society of New York and The New York City Poetry Festival.

Quail Ridge Books is located at 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd., in the North Hills Shopping Center, in Raleigh. Visit their website to learn more,

Introducing Spring Conference Exhibitors: Part 2

This week and next, we’re introducing those exhibitors who’ll be joining us at our 2017 Spring Conference on Saturday, April 22, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

To read Part 1 of this series, click here.

Here are five more vendors who look forward to talking to you at Spring Conference:

Minerva Rising Press, an independent literary press, celebrates the creativity and wisdom in every woman by giving them space to tell their stories and to tell them well. They publish thought-provoking and insightful fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry through chapboks and a literary journal. They pride ourselves on building a supportive community of women, because they believe that when women come together, they flourish. They are committed to working with both established and emerging women writers to hone and develop their craft in the direction of growth—both personally and professionally. Minerva Rising Press publishes poetry chapbooks, novellas, and memoirs. They also offer the annual Owl of Minerva Award: a $500 scholarship established by Minerva Rising to provide one woman writer with financial support to further her writing endeavors.

The mission of the North Carolina Literary Map is to highlight the literary heritage of the state by connecting the lives and creative work of authors to real (and imaginary) geographic locations. Through the development of a searchable and browseable data-driven online map, users are able to access a database, learning tools, and cultural resources, to deepen their understanding of specific authors as well as the cultural space that shaped these literary works. The NC Literary Map also offers apps for literary tours of Asheville, Charlotte, and Greensboro, with more in the works!

Since 1932, the North Carolina Poetry Society has existed as an all-volunteer organization especially for poets and friends of poetry. They now have approximately 350 members from North Carolina—and numerous locations beyond. The Poetry Society holds regular meetings three times a year. Other programs include annual contests for adults and students, which offer cash prizes and award certificates; the annual Poet Laureate Award, judged by the state’s poet laureate; workshops across the state, offering poets an opportunity to gather for instruction, camaraderie, and networking; and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, where three distinguished North Carolina poets are selected annually to mentor student poets in the eastern, central, and western regions of the state.

Press 53 was founded in October 2005 by Kevin Morgan Watson and quickly began earning a reputation as a quality publishing house of short fiction and poetry collections. Located in Winston-Salem, they publish up to to eight poetry collections each year, including one collection by the winner of the Press 53 Award for Poetry (now open for submissions, through July 31). They publish up to five short fiction collections each year, including the winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. In July 2010, Press 53 launched Prime Number Magazine, a free online quarterly publication of distinctive poetry and prose. The Prime Number Magazine Awards are open through April 15. Their authors include former NC poet laureates Joseph Bathanti and Kathryn Stripling Byer and current NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson; poets Gabrielle Freeman and Joseph Mills; and fiction writers Quinn Dalton and Dennis McFadden.

Prospective Press is an avid independent publisher, connecting readers to great stories by great authors. They produce books in the traditional way, a commitment to quality and a keen interest for compelling content. However, they also keep an eye to the future, watching for ways to make the reading experiences even more enjoyable and satisfying. From the Piedmont region of North Carolina, they bring a world of quality genre fiction and select nonfiction. Their nonfiction imprint connects readers with a nascent collection of enjoyable and informative books on select topics involving the body, mind, and spirit. Fiction includes High Fantasy and Urban Fantasy; Young Adult and Mythological; Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction; Paranormal and PNR; Women’s Fiction; and more. One of their newest titles is Draigon Weather by Paige L. Christie. Paige pitched the manuscript to Prospective Press after last year’s Slush Pile Live! Editor Jason T. Graves will again serve as a panlist for this year’s third annual Slush Pile Live!

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2017 Spring Conference ends Sunday, April 16. Register now!

Introducing Spring Conference Exhibitors: Part 1

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2017 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 22, in the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

There’s still time to pre-register!

Along with the usual excellent programming and class offerings, Spring Conference hosts an exhibit hall packed with vendors representing some of the finest literary organizations in North Carolina.

We’ll introduce them over the next few days. Here are four:

Bull City Press publishes a small quarterly magazine, Inch; poetry chapbooks through the Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship; and the Bull City Poetry Prize series. Established in Durham in 2006, their authors include Chloe Honum, Anne Keefe, and Michael Parker. In 2015, they launched a line of fiction and nonfiction chapbooks when they merged with Origami Zoo Press. Inch accepts flash fiction and nonfiction under 750 words, and poetry that is one to nine lines in length. Submissions are open year-round. Editor Matthew Poindexter will be a panelist during the third annual Slush Pile Live! at Spring Conference.

Carolina Wren Press is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to publish quality writing, especially by writers historically neglected by mainstream publishing, and to develop diverse and vital audiences through publishing, outreach, and educational programs. This Durham-based publisher sponsors the annual Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman that honors full-length prose work (novel, short story collection, or memoir) by an author who is a woman. Submissions are open through June 15. CWP authors include Quinn Dalton, Donna Miscolta, and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green. Their newest titles are Binary Stars by Dana Koster and The Hands of Strangers by Michael Ferris Smith.

The Greensboro Review, published by the MFA in Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been “old school” since 1965. Edited by Jim Clark with Terry L. Kennedy serving as assistant editor, works from the journal are consistently cited and anthologized in the Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, and other annual collections honoring the finest writing by both established and emerging talent. TGR offers two awards of $500—one award for fiction, one for poetry—and the winning manuscripts appear in the spring issue.

LaVenson Press Studios seeks to offer women and young women writing workshops that instill emotional, and psychological truth in their writing. As a way of nurturing not just the artistic mind, but also the body, light meals and snacks are prepared for participants from LaVenson Press Studios’ organic garden. Because founder Zelda Lockhart feels that one’s writing is not finished until it reaches its audience, LaVenson Press Studios also hosts a literary magazine, Firefly Ridge, which hosts a Poetry & Prose Literary Competition yearly. Upcoming classes include The Women’s Writing Intensive and the year-long Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript workshop. Zelda will be a panelist at the third annual Slush Pile Live! at Spring Conference.

Registration for the NCWN 2017 Spring Conference is open through Sunday, April 16. Register now!

Nobody Writes Alone: Jaki Shelton Green

Jaki Shelton Green

Jaki Shelton Green

In support of the North Carolina Writers’ Network “Nobody Writes Alone” campaign, we’ve asked beloved authors to weigh-in on what the North Carolina Writers’ Network means to them.

“The spirit of writing thrives at the North Carolina Writers’ Network. They are a wellspring; a powerful tool for writers in North Carolina, both emerging and established. The NCWN can boast that they started a creative revolution in our state as a supportive community of informal networking, providing unique opportunities for aspiring writers to interact with and learn from all the gatekeepers (agents, editors, and professional writers of all genres).

“For over thirty years, I have been actively engaged with the North Carolina Writers’ Network. In addition to being a consumer of their ongoing services, I’ve served as a board member, helped develop and co-ordinate program initiatives (Black Writers Speak, Prison Writing Program, NC Literary Hall of Fame, various contests), and served as faculty for many of the annual NCWN conferences.

“Through my engagements as teacher, mentor, editor, I have been privileged to witness writers strengthen their craft and be mentored by highly regarded literary professionals throughout the years. The mission of the NCWN continues to be an invaluable tool in the pursuit of literary goals. It provides a clear framework for fostering both the business and the craft of being a successful author.

“This organization has a strong presence across the state of North Carolina and throughout our region as a trailblazer for overhauling old ideas and brainstorming new ones relative to moving this rich agenda of cultivating and celebrating the unique diverse voices of our state.

“The North Carolina Writers’ Network is one of the most beneficial investments of time, money, and energy I’ve ever made.”
—Jaki Shelton Green, Mebane

Jaki Shelton Green was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2014, was the 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate, and in 2003 received the North Carolina Award for Literature for her fine poetry and “inveterate championing of the underdog.” Her poetry collections and chapbooks include Feeding the Light, breath of the song, Dead on Arrival, Conjure Blues, and singing a tree into dance. Her poetry has appeared in The Crucible, The African-American Review, Obsidian, Ms., and Essence. She lives in Mebane.

To read the first testimonial, from NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Lee Smith, click here.

You can make your gift online with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover; over the phone by calling 336-293-8844 or 919-308-3228; or by mailing your check to:

P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Your contribution, in any amount, will help keep the Network as vibrant and accessible as the literary culture we promote.