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Meet the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference Exhibitors – Part I

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2021 Fall Conference runs November 19-21 at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham/RTP. We’re thrilled to offer a full weekend of classes and programs on the craft and business of writing, including a Keynote Address by NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green; a “Community Journalism” panel sponsored by PEN America; and an exhibit hall filled with literary organizations from around the state–all of whom can’t wait to talk to you.

We’ll be highlighting our exhibitors over the next couple of weeks. Here are five, starting in reverse alphabetical order….

Time Treasures Books is a young and innovative publishing company. Founded by Daniel Hill Zafren, retired Director of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress, it seeks new quality works by contemporary authors, both fiction and nonfiction. It has also launched a reprint series of classic children’s literature, which reflects the true meaning of the publisher’s motto: “Books Treasured for All Time.” New titles include A Storm Within by Zafren and A Treasury of Classic Stories for Young Folks, which collects more than 500 pages of the most endearing and lasting of stories for children.


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Rofhiwa is the official bookseller of the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference. A black-owned independent Bookcafé in Durham, Rofhiwa strives to reflect the expansiveness of the black imagination and values books as repositories for collective knowledge. Rofhiwa’s exhibit table is where you’ll find most books by NCWN 2021 Fall Conference faculty.


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Founded in 2014, Regal House Publishing supports two imprints: Fitzroy Books, which publishes MG, YA, and children’s literature, and Pact Press, which publishes full-length fiction, memoirs, essay collections, anthologies, and creative nonfiction that offers social impact. Their mandate is to seek, support, encourage, and disseminate literary talent that might otherwise remain unread for lack of publishing opportunity. Upcoming titles in their “Sour Mash” Southern fiction series include McMullen Circle by Heather Newton, Indigo Field by Marjorie Hudson, and The Kudzu Queen by Mimi Herman, who will lead the session “Poetry Nap: Relax Your Way to Great” at the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference.


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Press 53 has been finding and sharing remarkable voices in poetry and short fiction since October, 2005, having published more than 200 titles that have earned more than seventy awards. Press 53 has published poetry and short fiction collections by authors from thirty-five states, including six state poets laureate. In 2011, Press 53 established Prime Number Magazine, a free online journal of distinctive poetry and short fiction. The 2022 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is open for entries through December 31, 2021, awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished short story collection. New titles include Dark Side of North by the late NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Anthony S. Abbott; Tales the Devil Told Me by Jen Fawkes, winner of the 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction; and the anthology Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 and Its Aftermath.


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PEN America is the sponsor of Saturday’s luncheon “Community Journalism” panel discussion. Formed in 1922, PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Their PEN Across America initiative, launched in 2018, responds to mounting threats to free expression with opportunities for Members and their allies to mobilize locally through public programming, campaigns, literary events, workshops, civic forums, and other projects that expand engagement with PEN America’s mission. PEN America welcomes and celebrates emerging writers whose voices are adding to the literary experience. PEN America’s more than 7,500 Members live in every state. NCWN Membership Coordinator Deonna Kelli Sayed is the PEN America NC Piedmont representative (Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh).

Check back next week to meet five more NCWN 2021 Fall Conference exhibitors!

Registration for the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference is open.