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Meet Our Spring Conference Exhibitors – Part 1

The North Carolina Writers’ Network hosts our annual Spring Conference on Saturday, April 23, at UNCG. Registration is now open. Along with a full-day of workshops and sessions, faculty readings and open mics, we’ll offer an exhibit hall packed with vendors. In this three-part series, we’ll introduce the awesome North Carolina literary organizations who will […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

You’re Invited: Reception for Lee Smith Novel Prize

Carolina Wren Press hosts the annual Lee Smith Novel Prize honoring New York Times bestselling author and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Lee Smith. The inaugural winner is Mulberry by Paulette Boudreaux, and CWP will host a reception to celebrate: Friday, October 23, 7:00 pm The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Smith Warehouse, […]

A Few Remarks from Ed Southern

Ed Southern, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, was given the Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award on Thursday, March 5, at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg. Over the years, this award has been given to ardent supporters of the arts in communities ranging from journalists to activists to publishers. North […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]