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Jessica Kariisa Finalist in Poetry Out Loud 2012

In March, we blogged about Raleigh Charter School student Jessica Kariisa, the winner of the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud competition. Well, she made the finals at the National Endowment for the Arts’ national Poetry Out Loud competition, along with only eight other contestants in Washington DC. Photos are up on the web. Jessica is in […]

Call To Action!

I just received the following Call to Action from ARTS North Carolina.  Please, Network members, take a few minutes to read and heed their call.  The staff of the North Carolina Arts Council has made heroic efforts on behalf of our state’s artists and arts community, and now they need our help.  Tell these legislators […]

Wayne Martin Named New NCAC Executive Director

I hope all of the North Carolina Writers’ Network will join in welcoming Wayne Martin to the N.C. Arts Council.  We look forward to working with Mr. Martin for many years to come: Wayne Martin Named Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle announced […]

Congrats to Wake High School Student Jessica Karlisa!

Our heartiest congratulations go out to Jessica Karlisa, a student at Raleigh Charter School, who won the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud competition Saturday. She is on her way to Washington, D.C. for the national finals starting May 14. “Jessica’s self-confidence and interpretation of the poems made her stand-out in this year’s competition,” said Banu […]

Nominate Our State’s Next Poet Laureate

The North Carolina Arts Council is now accepting submissions for the state’s next poet laureate, the “ambassador of North Carolina literature.” Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 20 at From the press release: The poet laureate receives a $15,000 annual stipend along with programmatic support from Arts Council staff. While each N.C. poet laureate leaves […]

NCAC Director Announces Retirement

We received the following announcement yesterday from the North Carolina Arts Council.  Under Mary’s direction, the NCAC has been one of the Network’s best friends and staunchest supporters.  We wish Mary a long and fulfilling retirement, and thank her for her great service to the state. Dear Colleagues, On March 1, I will retire from […]

The Latest on State Arts Funding

The latest update from Arts North Carolina: The Senate released its budget on Tuesday and the Senate Base Appropriations met on Wednesday to take amendments. The Senate budget calls for a 15% reduction in grants funding to the North Carolina Arts Council, the same as recommended in the House budget. Typically if the House and […]

Call to Action

This morning I received the following message from Arts North Carolina: North Carolina Arts Council Grants Funding – Take Action Now Arts North Carolina believes that funding for the grants programs of the North Carolina Arts Council is in jeopardy. Emails must be sent by everyone to all members of the House and Senate General […]

North Carolina Citizens’ Network

Last week the North Carolina General Assembly received Governor Perdue’s proposed 2011-13 budget, which included a 10% cut in grants funding to the North Carolina Arts Council.  The leadership of both the state House and Senate have said they don’t feel the governor’s budget cuts deeply enough, across the state government, and they may well […]

Calls for Authors

But first, the Spring Conference is a little more than a month away, and we already have a good many registrations.  Please be sure to visit our website to learn more about this year’s faculty, workshops, and features, and register. A couple of folks have come to me recently asking for some help from writers. […]