NC Literary Hall of Fame



WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Poet and Executive Director of Bull City Press, Ross White, will sit on the panel "Finding Readers through Lit Mags" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

Pre-registration is open through October 27.

Ross White is the Executive Director of Bull City Press, a small press based in Durham, and the Poetry Editor of Four Way Review. He is the author of two chapbooks, How We Came Upon the Colony and The Polite Society, and the editor, with Matthew Olzmann, of Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2012, Poetry Daily, New England Review, The Southern Review, and others. He is a recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the 2014 Pocataligo Poetry Award from Yemassee, and currently teaches poetry writing and grammar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

NCWN has been celebrating literary journals this year, so we asked Ross to tell us about his first publication.

"As a twenty-year-old college student, with a great deal of encouragement from Michael McFee, I mustered up a little courage to send out my first packet of poems, the only four I’d been able to finish to that point. Peter Makuck at Tar River Poetry took one, which stunned and elated me. When I held the issue in my hands a few months later, it felt like a kind of proof that I was now part of centuries-old dialogue between writers. Twenty-two years later, I find that one of the greatest joys of editing is sending a writer that first acceptance letter, their first token of entry to that long conversation."

In the panel discussion "Finding Readers through Lit Mags," Ross will joing Terry L. Kennedy, editor of The Greensboro Review, and Robin Miura, Senior Editor and Associate Publisher with Carolina Wren Press, to discuss how building a readership means finding a readership, and literary journals provide writers with opportunities to connect with readers all over the world and build professional relationships with editors. But with thousands of literary magazines publishing new work every year, and new journals launching all the time, it's hard to know where to start. Our panel of experienced editors will walk you through discovering new literary journals, selecting the right literary journals in print and online, preparing and sending your submission, and what the responses really mean.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents.

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


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