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Meet the Spring Conference Exhibitors – Part 1 of 2

The NC Writers’ Network 2022 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 23, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and online. In-person attendees will have access to a scaled-down exhibit hall featuring select vendors spaced out to allow for better social distancing. Registration is open!

We’ll introduce our eight exhibitors in two separate blog posts. Without further ado…

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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 its 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 Jim Whiteside, as well as Casey Guering, whose short story “What Consumes You,” won the Robert Watson Literary 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. The Greensboro Review facilitates the annual Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition and provides on-site support for the NCWN 2022 Spring Conference.

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Based in Fayetteville, Longleaf Press “publishes poetry and prose of exceptional literary merit by both established and emerging authors.” Current projects include an anthology of “military-related poems that focus on the theme of healing” (submission deadline: June 1). The Longleaf Press Book Contest awards $1,000 and publication to a manuscript of 50-80 pages; this contest is open and will be judged by Roger Weingarten. Longleaf Press authors include Tina Barr, Joanna Catherine Scott, Crystal Simone Smith, and NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Carole Boston Weatherford, who will give the Keynote Address at the NCWN 2022 Spring Conference.

Longleaf Press executive editor Shannon C. Ward will be a panelist on the Slush Pile Live! panel at the NCWN 2022 Spring Conference. Shannon is author of the poetry chapbook, Blood Creek. She is a recipient of the 2020 Inez Easley Educator of the Year Award from the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission, America’s 2016 Foley Poetry Prize, the 2016 Prize in Southern Poetry from White Oak Kitchen, and a 2013 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. Her work has received generous support from Willapa Bay AiR, Yaddo, Norton Island, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and the Anderson Center.

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Connecting the lives and creative work of authors to real (and imaginary) geographic locations. The mission of the North Carolina Literary Map is to highlight the literary heritage of the state by connecting the lives and creative work of authors to real (and imaginary) geographic locations. Through the development of a searchable and browseable data-driven online map, users are able to access a database, learning tools, and cultural resources, to deepen their understanding of specific authors as well as the cultural space that shaped these literary works. The NC Literary Map also offers apps for literary walking tours. For example, there are two literary walking tours for Greensboro, one for O. Henry and one for Randall Jarrell–inductees of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, both.

Check back soon to learn about what other exhibitors will be on-hand at the NCWN 2022 Spring Conference!