Hats Off! to Paula Martinac and Emilia Phillips, two recipients of the 2019 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowships. Martinac channels her creative energies into writing LGBTQ-themed historical fiction, animating the history of this often-overlooked minority. The significant engagement of LGBTQ Southerners in the Civil Rights Movement is one of the subjects she addresses in her novels. Phillips' two lyric nonfiction projects, approach their topicss—which include reconstructive surgery, gun violence, queer families, and troublesome namesakes—with the goal of creating an experience for the reader that feels nearly physical, even as they also engage logic and emotion.