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Remembering a Network Founder

The staff and board of the NCWN are sorry to share the news of the passing of Ann Deagon, an accomplished poet and teacher and one of the Network’s founders.

According to a news release from Guilford College, where she taught and served as Writer-in-Residence, Ann died on June 24 after “a period of declining health.”

Ann published six collections of poetry and two book-length works of fiction, while also founding and editing the Guilford Review. She won the 2012 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet award from the NC Poetry Society, received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was one of the handful of writers who in the mid-1980s agreed that North Carolina ought to have an organization open to any and all with an interest in writing, no matter their genre, no matter their publications.

She was, moreover, a delight to be around. She had a sense of humor that was wicked but never, ever mean. She meshed great kindness with little patience for nonsense. She loved writing and writers, and she will be missed.

Guilford College says a “memorial service for Ann is planned Saturday, Aug. 17, at 2 pm at New Garden Friends Meeting” in Greensboro.