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St. Andrews University Press Approaches 50 Years of Excellence

St. Andrews University Press, based in Laurinburg, is about to turn fifty: a testimony to their legacy of excellence. Founded as America’s first undergraduate press in 1969, St. Andrews University Press has since published over 200 titles of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama, including North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductees Fred Chappell, Sam Ragan, […]

Press 53 and the World as It Is

If you’ve been to a North Carolina Writers’ Network event in the past seven years (at least), you’ve seen Press 53 represented in our exhibit hall, on our panels, and in our Critique Service and Manuscript Marts. They publish a lot of renowned North Carolina writers. Our own Executive Director, Ed Southern, for one. Also, […]

Sally Buckner (1931-2018)

Summing up a life like Sally Buckner’s, who was a longtime friend of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and a beloved member of our state’s literary community, inevitably fails to do the person justice. We could talk about how Sally earned her Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Or how she […]

Who Will Be NC’s Next Poet Laureate?

North Carolina has had eight state poet laureates. The first, Arthur Talmadge Abernethy, served from 1948-1953. He was followed by James Larkin Pearson, who was literally “poet laureate for life,” serving from 1953 until his death, at 102, in 1981. Sam Ragan (1982-1996); Fred Chappell (1997-2002); Kathryn Stripling Byer (2005–2009); Cathy Smith Bowers (2010–2012); Joseph […]

In the Company of Laureates

This past October, state poet laureates of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and of course, North Carolina—among other noted poets—gathered for “In the Company of Laureates,” an hours-long celebration of poetry at the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas, VA. Hosted by the Poetry […]

Introducing Our Fall Conference Exhibitors: Part 4

Maybe attendees at our Fall Conference show up for the classes, but we feel they stay—and keep coming back for—the camaraderie. That’s where our exhibit hall comes in: a chance for conferencegoers to chat with literary professionals in a relaxed and casual setting. We’ve been introducing our Fall Conference exhibitors over the past two weeks. […]

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 […]

If It Ain’t Pembroke, Fix It

Judging from Pembroke Magazine’s recent “Where in the World?” blog postings, readers are enjoying the new issue #49—one of the largest volumes to date—pretty much everywhere: while flying kites, while enjoying a plate of jumbalaya, at Lum and Abner Jot ‘Em Down Store & Museum in Pine Ridge Arkansas, among many other locales and while […]

Barton College Presents “Sam Ragan, Inside the Poetry”

Sam Ragan, often called North Carolina’s “literary grandfather,” was an NC poet laureate; helped establish the NC School of the Arts and the NC Literary Hall of Fame, among many other literary programs and institutions; and was twice-nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. This weekend, Barton College will present “Sam Ragan, Inside the Poetry” as part […]

Fall Conference Exhibitors: Part 4

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Fall Conference closes Friday, October 28. If you haven’t signed up, go ahead and do that now. We’ll wait. Are you back? Great! Over the past few weeks we’ve been introducing the vendors who’ll be at the conference: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Now, […]