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Meet the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference Exhibitors – Part III

Today we continue introducing the exhibitors who will be on-hand at the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference, which happens November 19-21, at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham/RTP. If you missed Parts 1 and 2, follow the links to catch up!

Without further delay…

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Light Messages Publishing / Torchflame Books was founded by a family of authors who believed that there had to be a better model than predatory vanity presses or self-publishing for emerging authors. They’ve since published more than 200 titles for emerging, award-winning, and bestselling authors. New titles include Lies That Bind by Amanda Lamb, Unforgiving Savage by Dave Edlund, and The Next to Last Mistake by Amalie Jahn. Light Messages Publishing provides three different publishing models: Light Messages Traditional Publishing, Torchflame Hybrid Publishing, and Author Publishing. For submission information, click here.


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Jaki Shelton Green is the first African-American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. When he appointed her in 2018, Governor Cooper stated that “Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature. Jaki’s appointment is a wonderful new chapter in North Carolina’s rich literary history.” In 2020, she released her first album, The River Speaks of Thirst, produced by Soul City Sounds. This vinyl poetry album contains 11 spoken poems.


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An award-winning graphic design, letterpress printing, and book production studio celebrating their 25 year anniversary, Horse & Buggy Press is located in Durham at 1116 Broad Street where they also curate a 500 square-foot fine craft and art gallery appropriately called Horse & Buggy Press and Friends. The gallery features work by dozens of established artists and craftspersons from across the Southeast. They host a diverse range of salon events including literary readings; artist and historian talks; musical performances; and variety, fashion, and trunk shows with special guests. Horse & Buggy Press takes on a wide range of print projects from bookmarks to 300 page book editions printed in the thousands, to environmental signage. Their online bookshop includes Trace: 25th Anniversary Fine Press Chapbook by Son Volt; The Moonshiner Popcorn Sutton by Neal Hutcheson; and City of Midnight Skies: Poems. Prose. Drawings by Stephen Gibson.


Founder Zelda Lockhart, Ph.D, believes the way workshops are taught and the way we write together builds community, and so the feedback and input of the participants shape the teaching and the Studio itself. Participants’ energy as feedback and volunteerism is a big part of Her Story Garden Studios’ magic. Her Story Garden Studios also collaborate with others to bring about free expression for Black women through the arts, including all Black women, straight, queer, and from all cultural backgrounds. Zelda or one of the other facilitators will hold you in orbit while you use the writing and the comfort of the environment and group to make the sounds (quiet or loud) that are true to your story. Zelda is the author of The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript, which takes readers on the emotional, psychological and spiritual journey of utilizing personal stories to transform their lives while completing a work of fiction, memoir or poetry.

Registration for the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference is open through November 12. There will be no on-site registration. To register, click here.