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NCWN Welcomes Katherine O’Hara as New Communications Director

Katherine O’Hara of Wilmington will start as the Communications Director for the North Carolina Writers’ Network on Monday, June 6.

Raised in Waxhaw, O’Hara earned both a BFA and an MFA with Distinction in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington, and is a Tin House Workshop alumna. She is the marketing manager of Longleaf Review and reads submissions for storySouth and Hub City Press. She has worked formerly for Beloit Poetry JournalEcotone, and Lookout Books.

O’Hara’s own writing has appeared in HobartNELLEArtemis Journal, and YES POETRY, among others, and is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review. She also is pitching her hybrid novel that features poetic interpretations of grief in rural Louisiana, where her family is from. You can find her on Twitter @katherineggrace and read her work on her website

“Katherine already has crafted an impressive literary career, and a solid place in our literary community,” NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern said. “Bringing someone with her energy, ideas, and experiences onto the Network staff is exciting. The possibilities she brings with her may not be endless, but they’re close.”

As Communications Director, O’Hara will oversee both the content and the functionality of the Network’s soon-to-be-relaunched website, as well as their other online presences. She will produce and send the biannual Writers’ Network News and the Network’s weekly e-blast to members, as well as most media releases and other external communications. She also will help develop programs and organizational strategy.

“Born and raised in the South, it’s a homecoming to join NCWN in fostering love and growth in the literary community in NC and beyond,” O’Hara said. “The Network means a lot to me on a personal level, with NC Literary Hall of Fame member Clyde Edgerton being one of my close mentors and friends. It is an honor to work for an organization with a history of literary excellence and I’m so excited about the programs, workshops, and possibilities we will cultivate together.”

The non-profit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit