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Introducing the Fall Conference Exhibitors: Part II

The pre-registration deadline for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference is only two weeks away.

We’ve been rolling out introductions for our exhibitors, five at a time. (If you missed Part I, click here.)

The exhibit hall at Fall Conference is a great chance to talk to professionals inside the industry. Here are the next five:

UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program (
The University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program is a Blue Ridge Level sponsor of the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference. The Great Smokies Writing Program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers. The program is committed to providing the community with affordable university-level classes led by published writers and experienced teachers. Each course carries academic credit awarded through UNC Asheville. Two of their faculty—Mildred Barya and NCWN trustee Tommy Hays—will lead sessions at the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference. Follow them on Facebook and on the web.

The Greensboro Review (
The Greensboro Review, a literary magazine published by The MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been willfully and defiantly “old school” since it’s founding in 1966. Back then, it appeared more or less exactly as it does today, offering readers a simple cover, no distracting graphics, and a complete and total focus on the quality of the text. Recent authors include Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, whose poem “Miss Sahar Listens to Fairuz Sing ‘The Bees’ Path,'” won the Robert Watson Literary Prize for Poetry, and Sarah Heying, whose short story “The Chair Kickers’ Tale,” won the same prize in Fiction. Past contributors include Dan Albergotti, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former NC Poet Laureate Fred Chapell, Philip Gerard—recipient of the 2019 NC Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor—and Emilia Phillips. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or on the World Wide Web.

Hermit Feathers Press (
Launched this year, Hermit Feathers Press is a small, independent publisher focused on regional poetry of the Southeastern United States. So far, they’ve published two poetry collections: Janet Joyner’s Whaee Neck and Visitations by Jenny Bates. A new poetry collection by Donna Love Wallace, Between the Stones, comes out this month. Hermit Feathers Press accepts full-length manuscript submissions year-round; chapbook submissions April 1 through June 30; and submissions to its literary magazine, Hermit Feathers Review, January 1 through March 31. Learn more at their website.

Hub City Press (
Founded in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1995, Hub City Press has emerged as the South’s premier independent literary press. Focused on finding and spotlighting extraordinary new and unsung writers from the American South, their curated list champions diverse authors and books that don’t fit into the commercial publishing landscape. The press has published over eighty high-caliber literary works, including novels, short stories, poetry, memoir, and books emphasizing the region’s culture and history. Hub City is interested in books with a strong sense of place and is committed to introducing a diverse roster of lesser-heard Southern voices. Recent titles include the poetry collection Dusk & Dark by Esteban Rodriguez and the novel The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels. Hub City editor Meg Reid will lead the session “What Writers Should Know About Book Design” at the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference. Follow Hub City on Facebook, Instagram, and visit their website,

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference is open.