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Spring Conference Exhibitors: Part 1

Jan Parker chats with Crystal Simone-Smith, Managing Editor of Backbone Press
Jan Parker chats with Crystal Simone-Smith, Managing Editor of Backbone Press

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 18, in the MHRA Building at UNCG. Along with a full slate of workshops and readings in several genres, Lunch with an Author, and an open mic for conference participants, Spring Conference also offers an exhibit hall packed with vendors representing some of the finest literary organizations in NC.

Here are six exhibitors who’ll be joining us:

Durham-based Backbone Press is a “small press with a big vision.” The chapbooks they publish are a venue for poets of color and poetry that addresses “political, invocative, social, gritty, and also the personal and poignant.” Their authors include Tyree Daye and Daniel Suarez.

Bull City Press, also based in Durham, publishes a small, hand-stitched quarterly magazine, Inch; poetry chapbooks through the Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship; and the Bull City Poetry Prize series. Their authors include Ellen C. Bush and Michael McFee.

Cynthia Lindeman is a writer’s block coach, writers, and “occasional creative visionary.” She creates “rich, innovative, and holistic coaching programs” that take writers from “zero to unstoppable in ninety days or less.” She’s been seen on ABC, NBC, Fox, and in The Great Smokies Review.

Sands Hetherington publishes his Night Buddies adventures through Dune Buggy Press, an “award-winning, innovative series of chapter books for ages seven and up.” Night Buddies revolves around the nighttime adventures of a young boy named John, who is not ready to go to sleep, and a bright red crocodile named Crosley who turns up under John’s bed.

John F. Blair, Publisher, based in Winston-Salem, publishes “regional nonfiction with an emphasis on history, travel, cookbooks, folklore, and biography.” Their authors include Kwame Dawes and Jeremy B. Jones.

The North Carolina Literary Map highlights the literary heritage of North Carolina 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.

We’ll highlight six more exhibitors on Thursday!