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  • Michael Banks

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    Teller of stories capturing life’s moments — both real and imagined.

  • Teri M. Brown Calabash

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    Born in Athens, Greece as an Air Force brat, Teri M Brown graduated from UNC Greensboro. She began her writing career helping small businesses with content creation and published five nonfiction self-help books dealing with real estate and finance, receiving “First Runner Up” in the Eric Hoffman Book Awards for 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home Now, finalist in the USA Best Books Awards for How To Open and Operate a Financially Successful Redesign, Redecorate, and Real Estate Staging Business and for 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home Now, and Honorable Mention in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award for Private Mortgage Investing. In 2017, after winning the First Annual Anita Bloom Ornoff Award for Inspirational Short Story, she began writing fiction in earnest, and published Sunflowers Beneath the Snow in January 2022. Her second novel, An Enemy Like Me, launches in January 2023. Teri is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author who loves word games, reading, bumming on the beach, taking photos, singing in the shower, hunting for bargains, ballroom dancing, playing bridge, and mentoring others.

  • Sherry Comstock

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  • Suzanne Cottrell Oxford

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    Suzanne Cottrell is a member of Taste Life Twice Writers and NC Writers’ Network. She writes poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction, which have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She’s the author of three poetry chapbooks: Gifts of the Seasons, Autumn and Winter & Spring and Summer and Scarred Resilience; and a hybrid book, Nature Calls Outside My Window, A Collection of Poems and Stories. She is an outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, who enjoys reading, writing, knitting, hiking, yoga, and Pilates. She lives with her husband in rural Piedmont North Carolina.

  • Laurel Ferejohn Durham

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    A prize-winning writer and independent editor, Laurel Ferejohn offers editing services for writers of fiction and memoir. See testimonials and a list of her published writing on her website.

  • Nicholas Fuller

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  • Katherine Fuoco Fairchild

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  • J. Edwards Holt Raleigh

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    Born in North Carolina, United States, J. Edwards Holt always knew that he wanted to be a writer. After graduating high school, he attended college and pursued a degree in education, but later decided to change course and follow his dream to become a novelist and children’s author. Now a bestselling author, ordained minister, and mental health advocate, Holt spends his free time reading and helping the less fortunate in his community. He is passionate about spreading Christian messages through his writing, watching science fiction and superhero movies, and collecting comic books.

  • Justin Hunt Charlotte

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    JUSTIN HUNT grew up in rural Kansas and lives in Charlotte. Fluent in German and Spanish, Hunt has won several poetry awards, most recently 1st place in the Porter Fleming Literary Competition, 2nd place in the River Styx and Strokestown (Ireland) international contests, and honorable mentions and commendations in numerous other competitions, including the NORward Prize (New Ohio Review), the Patricia Cleary Miller Award (New Letters), the Rumi Prize (Arts & Letters), the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize, the Bridport Prize (U.K.), and the Gregory O’Donoghue Competition (Ireland). Hunt’s work also appears or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, Five Points, Michigan Quarterly Review, American Literary Review, Nimrod, The Florida Review, Solstice, The Journal, Puerto del Sol, Terrain.org and Bellingham Review, among other publications. He is currently assembling a debut poetry collection.

  • Rebecca Hodge Raleigh

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    Rebecca Hodge is a former veterinarian and clinical research scientist who lives and writes in North Carolina. Her novels WILDLAND and OVER THE FALLS both place memorable characters in situations filled with suspense. She has three grown sons, two crazy dogs, and one patient husband. When not writing on the back porch or brewing yet another mug of tea, she loves hiking, travel, and (of course) curling up with a good book. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram (@rhodge.fiction) and check out her website to sign up for her newsletter, which offers a book giveaway in every issue.

  • Cathy Rigg Monetti Columbia, SC and Burnsville, NC

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    Cathy Rigg Monetti is a writer, blogger, and maker who heartily advocates the joys of living a creative life. Her poetry has been published in the Clinch Mountain Review, and a short story, THE DESCENT OF EDNA ALLEN, was published in Still: The Journal and nominated for Best of the Net. She is currently at work on her second novel, a work of historical fiction set in Southwest Virginia at the turn of the century, amidst the timbering of the region’s ancient forests. She and her husband make their home in Columbia, South Carolina and spend as much time as they can in the Western North Carolina mountains, where they stare at the view and obsess over the black bears at their place on a ridge high above Asheville.

  • Laura Mullen Winston-Salem

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    Laura Mullen is the author of eight books and the William R. Kenan Jr Chair in the Humanities at Wake Forest University.

  • Val Nieman The Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem)

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    Valerie Nieman’s latest, In the Lonely Backwater, a mystery in the Southern gothic tradition, has been named the 2022 Sir Walter Raleigh Award winner for the best novel by a North Carolina writer. To the Bones, her genre-bending folk horror/thriller about coal country, was a finalist for the 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award. She is also the author of Blood Clay (Eric Hoffer Award) and two other novels. She has published a short fiction collection and three poetry collections, most recently, Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse, which was runner-up for the Brockman-Campbell Prize. She has published widely in journals and anthologies, and appears regularly in juried reading series such as Piccolo Spoleto, Why There Are Words, and Women of Appalachia. She has held state and NEA creative writing fellowships. Nieman has degrees from West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte, and was a reporter and farmer in West Virginia before moving to North Carolina, where she worked as an editor and a creative writing professor at NC A&T State University.

  • E. Veronica Noechel Raleigh

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    E.V. Noechel lives with OCD, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, severe chronic pain, and an assortment of delightful rescued animals. Her work has received multiple Pushcart nominations and generous support from the North Carolina Arts Council, Vermont Studio Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, United Arts, Culture and Animals Foundation, and I-Park.

  • Jacques Nyemb Graham, NC

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    Founder and writer at Not So Super Publishing, an independent publisher of thrilling and inclusive comics, picture books, and short stories. Jacques aims to produce quality literature with dignity and respect for our artists and fans. The “Not So Super” title is a subtle dig at superhero books, losing sight of the remarkableness of being an ordinary person. The books aim to remind our readers of their greatness.

  • Katherine O’Hara Wilmington, NC

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    KATHERINE O’HARA received an MFA with Distinction from UNCW and is a Tin House Workshop alumna. She is the communications director for the NC Writers’ Network—the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers. She’s also 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. Among others, Katherine’s writing has appeared in the Hayden’s Ferry Review, NELLEArtemis Journal, and YES POETRY. As far as writing, she is pitching her hybrid novel that features poetic interpretations of grief in rural Louisiana, where her family is from.

  • Bob Slentz-Kesler Durham

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    Bob lives and writes in Durham. His work has appeared in Litro Magazine, The Blotter, STORGY Magazine, The Font, Fiery Foods Magazine, All About Jazz, and The Rappahannock Review.

  • Elizabeth Solazzo Graham

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    Elizabeth Solazzo is a writer living in the Piedmont of North Carolina who enjoys writing about family and relationships. Her most recent publication is Mountain Mercies, the 2nd book in a trilogy called the Clinch Mountain series. The books feature the relationship between a 100-year-old widow struggling to survive in the hills of Appalachia in the early 20th century along with a young female doctor opening her first medical clinic in those same mountains at the end of the century. Other releases include her first novel, Mountain Melodies, three collections of Non-Fiction stories and one collection of fictional short stories entitled Chasing the Wind. She is now at work on the third and final novel in the Clinch Mountain series.

  • Norman Weeks Asheville

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    Experiential writer: Books on travel/culture, nature, memoir, and psychology.

  • Cheryl Wilder Haw River

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    Cheryl Wilder’s collection Anything That Happens, a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection (Press 53, 2021), was named Second Finalist in the 2022 Poetry Society of Virginia North American Book Award and received Honorable Mention in the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her chapbook What Binds Us (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2017. Cheryl’s work appears in Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath (Press 53, 2021), Barely South Review, and Architects + Artisans, among other publications. She served as writer-in-residence at SistaWRITE, held residency at SAFTA, and received a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant for 2023. Co-founder of Waterwheel Review and president of the Burlington Writers Club, Cheryl earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts