NC Literary Hall of Fame




NORTH CAROLINA—The North Carolina Writers' Network welcomes three new members to its Board of Trustees: Margaret D. Bauer, Bill Ramsey, and Ward Brian Zimmerman.

"New voices are essential for an effective board," said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. "Our new trustees bring with them a wealth of experience and talent, and hail from parts of the state—the coast and the mountains—that too often have been under-represented."

A native of south Louisiana, Margaret D. Bauer is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature at East Carolina University and Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences. Since 1997, she has served as Editor of the North Carolina Literary Review. She has also edited two Paul Green books: James Spence’s Green biography and a new critical edition of Green’s play The House of Connelly.

She is the author of The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist (1999), William Faulkner’s Legacy (2005), Understanding Tim Gautreaux (2010), and A Study of Scarletts: Scarlett O’Hara’s Literary Daughters (2014), as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals. In 2007, Dr. Bauer was named one of ECU’s 10 Women of Distinction and received the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. She is also a recipient of ECU’s Scholar/Teacher Award, 5-Year Research/Creative Activity Award, and Centennial Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Bill Ramsey is an active supporter of literacy and literature. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Blue Ridge Community College and as an advocate for Blue Ridge Literacy Council and the Henderson County Public Library.

In 2008, he helped to organize the Blue Ridge Bookfest and has remained on the leadership team.

In his youth, Bill wrote sports columns for the local newspaper. During his forty-year professional career he wrote technical manuals, magazine articles, and business newsletters. In retirement, writing about real-life issues became his passion. He is the author of four books and maintains a blog. He also writes op-ed columns and book reviews.

A proud and active member of the North Carolina Writers' Network, he lives the happy life of a retiree with his wife of fifty years, Donna.

Ward Brian Zimmerman is a Kansas native and alumnus of the University of Kansas where he completed undergraduate degrees in political science and economics, a masters in business administration and a Ph.D in educational policy and administration. Past positions include Director of the Budget at the University of Kansas, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services at Murray State University, and Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs at Appalachian State University. Currently Ward is a professional testifying expert witness and CEO of EnterpriZ Economic Consulting.

His professional writing has been published in academic and financial journals. Ward’s fiction writing career was launched about five years ago, and since then he has been honored as a Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize finalist 2011; William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (Novel) contest, Short List for Finalists 2012; Novel Semi-Finalists 2013; and Short Story Finalists 2013. At this time Ward is working on a novel, four short stories, and a poem.

His personal interests include: human economic capital, higher education, religion, relative and quantum physics, astronomy, SCUBA diving, cooking, painting, photography, gardening, and aviation.

The North Carolina Writers' Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. It provides education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. The North Carolina Writers’ Network believes 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 and reading should be available to everyone.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit

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