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Remembering Longtime NCWN member and trustee Al Manning

Written by Executive Director Ed Southern Longtime NCWN member and trustee Al Manning passed away Sunday, his family has announced on social media. He was 87.  In his long and […]

Oh, Everywhere

Written by Executive Director Ed Southern Less than 48 hours after Deonna blogged about book bans in her home state of Florida, I came across this article in the Charlotte […]

Oh, Florida

Written by Membership Coordinator Deonna Kelli Sayed I’ve shared many times in Highway 64, the recently re-named NCWN journal, how books created a bigger world during my rural north Florida […]


Written by Executive Director Ed Southern Writers who came to the Network’s 2018 Fall Conference in Charlotte* got to see an abridged production of NCWN member Ian Finley’s play Native, […]

In Memory of George Ellison

George Ellison, a naturalist, author, longtime columnist for the Asheville Citizen Times and by all accounts a Western North Carolina treasure, died Feb. 19, according to his daughter, Quintin Ellison. […]

New NCLR Out Now

The Winter 2023 issue of the North Carolina Literary Review is now available online. Give it a read and see a lot of familiar names—maybe even your own.

Randall Jarrell

Written by Executive Director Ed Southern Randall Jarrell was so much more than the namesake of the Network’s annual poetry contest. He was the captain of the tennis team at […]

An Interview with Ecotone editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell

Communications Director Katherine O’Hara sits down with Ecotone editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell to talk about the NCWN sponsored Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Contest (closing for submissions THIS SUNDAY) and to reflect on the […]

Meet the 2023 Piedmont Laureate

Spoken word artist and poet Dasan Ahanu is announced as the 2023 Piedmont Laureate. Dasan, also known as Chris Massenburg, is a distinguished “public speaker, organizer, curator, educator, poet, spoken […]