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Dr. Newton Smith, RIP

By Glenda Council Beall Program Coordinator, NCWN-West It is with a sad heart that I report that Dr. Newton Smith, NCWN-West Treasurer since 2009, and longtime member of NCWN-West, passed away. Newt was an active and loyal member of NCWN-West, and I could always count on his support. His help with A Day for Writers, […]

An Open Letter to Regional Reps, Present and Future

By Glenda Council Beall, Program Coordinator, NCWN-West Dear NCWN-West Representatives and other Regional Reps, I hear from some of you that the attendance of your free monthly meetings have fallen in recent months. If you host an Open Mic event, consider how it might be made more appealing. Ask those who come each month for […]

Nancy Simpson (1938-2018)

Poet Nancy Simpson passed away last week, 79 years young. She was a longtime friend of the Network and the “driving force” behind NCWN-West. Nancy’s poetry collections include Living Above the Frost Line: New and Selected Poems (Carolina Wren Press, 2010); as well as Across Water and Night Student (State Street Press). Her poems were […]

Happy Trails, Lucy Cole Gratton

Lucy Cole Gratton has served as the longtime NCWN-West regional rep for Cherokee County. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Lucy will step down as regional rep at the end of this month, and we wish her nothing but the best in her move south to the Atlanta area. She’s moving for […]

The Read on WNC

If you’re at all interested in the literature, history, and social issues of Western North Carolina, you’ll want to check out—and join—The Read on WNC. Founded by Rob Neufeld, longtime columnist for The Asheville Citizen-Times and director of the “Together We Read” program, The Read on WNC offers a virtual community for artists, historians, and cultural connoisseurs. […]

NCWN-West Hosts “A Day for Writers”

On Saturday, May 6, NCWN-West will host “A Day for Writers” at the Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., in Sylva. Registration is now open. After morning coffee and a welcome, attendees can choose among workshop offerings that include: “Poetry Workshop” with former NC poet laureate and NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Kathryn […]

An Invitation to NetWest Members

NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern (yep, that’s me) is heading west this Thursday, August 16, to visit with the good folks of NetWest. If you don’t know, NetWest is short for the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West, a chapter of the Network established to connect and serve the writers in North Carolina’s nine westernmost counties – […]

Why We Do What We Do

NCWN member Glenda Council Beall wrote a touching and inspirational blog post on Wednesday at My Name Is Not Bob, the blog of poet Robert Lee Brewer. Glenda recounts how when she first began her writing journey, it was poet Nancy Simpson and NetWest who reached out and validated her for the first time: “Nancy […]

Post-Thanksgiving Link Dump

First, from the Network: The 2011 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition is now accepting submissions.  Jay Varner is this year’s judge. The 2011 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize will begin accepting submissions on Wednesday, December 1.  Martin Clark is this year’s judge. I know it’s been a long, long while, but we finally have a new […]