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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 […]

Bathanti: A Documentary

Some of you may have already had the chance to see the documentary Bathanti, in which Pittsburgh native and Poet Laureate of North Carolina Joseph Bathanti travels with filmmaker Kevin Balling to the places that inform Bathanti’s poetry, novels, short stories, and essays. Bathanti, of course, is the current North Carolina Poet Laureate and a […]

Announcing the 2014 SIBA Book Award Finalists

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced the finalists for the 2014 SIBA Book Award, and there are several Tar Heel writers and one North Carolina small press among the distinguished list of names. The SIBA Book Award recognizes great southern literature from the last year. These titles represent “booksellers’ favorite hand-sells of the year […]

Happy 80th Birthday to the NC Poetry Society

The North Carolina Poetry Society turned 80 years old in 2012, and we want to wish our friends there happy birthday! Come the end of the month, they’ll be celebrating all weekend long (rightfully so!) with readings in every part of the state. The festivities kick off with North Carolina’s new Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti, reading on Thursday […]

A Poem to Honor Our Veterans, by Joseph Bathanti

Yesterday was the legal public holiday of Veterans Day, and most federal employees will have today off to honor America’s military veterans, an “unbroken chain of men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.” When Joseph Bathanti was named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate in  August of this year, he announced plans to […]

Calling All Writers: Apply for the 2013-2014 NCAC Artist Fellowships

By Claire Korzen Writers around North Carolina have an opportunity to receive a grant of $10,000 through the NC Arts Council’s yearly Artist Fellowships. Writers, songwriters, and composers are all eligible to apply for the 2013-2014 Fellowship cycle; applications are due at 5:00 pm on November 1, 2012. The NCAC welcomes writing in any medium: […]

Joseph Bathanti Named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate

Joseph Bathanti, who just last year was named a Council Trustee by the North Carolina Humanities Council, has been named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate by Governor Bev Purdue. From the press release: “Joseph Bathanti is an award-winning poet and novelist with a robust commitment to social causes. He first came to North Carolina to work […]

The Good Kind of Problem to Have

Last Friday night I stopped by Press 53′s ‘New Poetry Launch Party’ in downtown Winston-Salem . . . well, I should say I tried to stop by.  The event drew such a crowd that the best I could do was stand just outside the door and strain to hear. While that stinks for me, personally, […]

Play to Honor Jaki Shelton Green, Longtime Literary Friend to Many

On Friday, April 6 at 7:30 pm, Health Touch NC in Durham will present a special performance of the one-woman show, Mama Juggs, an award-winning play about breast health and women’s issues. Inspired by true stories from the playwright’s life, 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Breast Health Bra Art Project to Improve […]

Congratulations to Joseph Bathanti!

We received this exciting announcement yesterday from Appalachian State University: The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has selected Joseph Bathani to serve a three-year term as a council trustee. “Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Bathanti holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature from […]