Paul Andrews Durham
Author of six historical novels available at Amazon and the popular “Lost in History” Blog/Podcast.
Author of six historical novels available at Amazon and the popular “Lost in History” Blog/Podcast.
Michael is an award-winning journalist who spent 30 years working at newspapers in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Mississippi. He is a regular contributor to South Carolina Living magazine and his work was featured in the inaugural issue of Litmosphere, a journal of Charlotte Lit. He continues work on his first novel and various short stories.
Brian Biswas has published over sixty short stories in the United States as well as internationally. His short story “A Betrayal” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and anthologized in The Irreal Reader. A shorter story collection, A Betrayal and Other Stories, was published by Rogue Star Press in 2018. A novel, The Astronom, will be published by Whisk(e)y Tit Press in the spring of 2023 and a second collection, Blister and Other Stories, in the fall of 2023. He is listed in the International Writers and Authors Who’s Who, Marquis Who’s Who, and the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Brian was born in Columbus, Ohio. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1988, he moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Mark. Their daughter, Eliza, was born several years later. He lives in an old neighborhood in Chapel Hill with his wife and an ever changing assortment of animals.
Sarah P. Blanchard lived many years in New England, on farms large and small. After several decades working in corporate communications on the mainland and five years teaching at University of Hawaii-Hilo, she now lives and writes in western North Carolina. Her poems, nonfiction, and short stories have appeared in several publications including Welter, Calyx, The Write Launch, Sixfold, and PenDust. Her story “Playing Chess with Bulls” was a finalist for the 2021 Doris Betts Fiction Prize.
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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.
Susann Camus is a Canadian living in Greenville in Eastern North Carolina. She spent many years working in a large health authority, where she investigated when patients were harmed while in hospital. This work inspired her to write her first novel, See Me: A Jeannie Johal Thriller.
Ken Chamlee has more time to write after retiring from teaching English for forty years at Brevard College. His latest collections are If Not These Things (Kelsay Books, 2022) and a poetic biography of 19th century American landscape painter Albert Bierstadt, The Best Material for the Artist in the World (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2023). His poems have appeared in The North Carolina Literary Review, Cold Mountain Review, Tar River Poetry, and many other journals. He won the GSU Review (Georgia State University) National Writing Award, ByLine Magazine‘s National Poetry Chapbook Competition (Absolute Faith, 1999), and the Longleaf Press Poetry Chapbook Competition (Logic of the Lost, 2001). He has been a finalist for the James Applewhite Poetry Prize and the Rash Poetry Award. Ken has received several Pushcart Prize nominations and was the first director of the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference held annually in Brevard. He now teaches for the Great Smokies Writing Program of UNC-Asheville and in 2022-2023 was the western region Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the North Carolina Poetry Society.
Kim Church is the author of Byrd (Dzanc Books), winner of the Crook’s Corner Book Prize and an Independent Publisher Book Award for Literary Fiction, a Chautauqua Prize finalist, and longlisted for the SIBA Award and the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction. Her short work appears in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, The Great Books Foundation Short Story Omnibus, The Sun Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Believer Logger, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has received fiction fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, and Vermont Studio Center. She has taught workshops in diverse settings—from conferences and classrooms to homeless shelters and prisons, including death row. A former trial attorney, she lives with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski, in Raleigh.
Charles was born in the countryside near Clayton, North Carolina, on what was then an NC State Forest Service tree nursery. He received degrees in Engineering and Business from NC State University and the University of Connecticut. After retiring from the corporate world in 1994, Charles pursued his interests in documentary filmmaking, photography, and the history of his family in coastal North Carolina. He has received two New England Emmy Awards (writing and production) for the American Public Television documentary, Mystic Voices: The Story of the Pequot War. After 40 years in Connecticut, Charles returned to the South where he now resides in Durham, North Carolina.
Eileen Vorbach Collins writes true stories she wishes were fiction and fairy tales she wishes were true. Her essays have been widely published and twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of the award-winning essay collection Love in the Archives: A Patchwork of True Stories About Suicide Loss (Apprentice House Press, Loyola University).
I’ve a semiretired nurse and have just started my career as an author. My blog is there as well as a store for purchasing my book.
Born in Illinois, as a military dependent, Michelle moved between San Diego, California, and Charleston, South Carolina. She enrolled at the University of California Santa Cruz before attending Michigan State University where she completed a Pediatric residency program. After over twenty years in clinical medicine, Michelle now works as a medical consultant. As a member of Crime Writers of Color, Sisters in Crime, and Capitol Crimes, her writing interests cover many genres—mystery, paranormal, and thrillers. If not writing, you can find her outside gardening or bicycling.
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.
Monica Cox always knew she wanted to be a writer. She channeled her writing skills into a journalism degree from UNC Chapel Hill and embarked on a public relations career focused on telling other people’s stories. She now writes her own stories and helps other writers do the same as a book coach. She lives in Apex with her husband, two teenaged sons, and ornery cat.
Katherine Scott Crawford is the award-winning author of Keowee Valley, an historical adventure set in the Revolutionary-era Carolinas and the Cherokee country. A recovering academic and former adjunct professor, she serves as a guest lecturer and workshop leader at conferences, writers retreats, literary festivals, libraries, and more. As a newspaper columnist, her popular column appeared weekly across the country and abroad, in U.S.A. Today, The Detroit Free Press, and many others. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Founder and Director of MountainTop Writers Retreats, she lives in Western North Carolina with her husband, daughters, and their trail dog. Her second historical novel, The Miniaturist’s Assistant, is forthcoming from Regal House Publishing in Spring 2025.
Rose Cushing is an author, publisher, documentary filmmaker, television show host, and podcaster. She loves horses, gardening, cooking, and writing. Rose enjoys meeting people, public speaking, and lake life! Rose started Cushing Publishing in July 2023 and has signed some talented authors. “I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with great authors,” Rose said. Rose has a new book coming soon! A blend of romance, adventure, and travel. Chasing the Wind will be available on October 16, 2023. For more information go to www.rosecushing.com. Rose also hosts three podcasts; Carolina Writers Speak, a literary podcast featuring North and South Carolina writers, Speaking of Writing, a literary podcast featuring authors from all over the globe, and Today’s Horsewoman, featuring talented horsewomen in the horse industry.
Christine Salkin Davis is a writer, poet, and artist from Concord, North Carolina. She is an Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte. After 40+ years as an academic and business executive, Christine has turned her focus to creative endeavors. She writes poetry and essays about death and dying, spirituality, and social justice and compassionate living. Her poetry appears in her books Death: The Beginning of a Relationship (Hampton Press, 2010), and End of Life Communication: Stories from the Dead Zone (Routledge, 2019). Her poems have also been published in Bards Against Hunger; The Autoethnographer; Families, Systems, & Health; Listen: A Seeker’s Resource; Penwood Review; Stardust Review; Moonstone Arts Center Ekphrastic Poetry Anthology, and Moonstone Arts Neruda Anthology. Her poetry book, Life and Death and Holy in Every Breath, is forthcoming from Wild Rising Press. She is currently writing a memoir titled Searching through Time: Searching for Home, about her time living in Ireland and searching for her ancestors.
Tom is a former CIA Officer, retired from the Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI). That’s as deep as he’ll go on a resume. Or here. He writes spy thrillers out of respect and envy for Case Officers, and everyone else in the DO (Directorate of Operations). The DO are the fighter pilots of the CIA: “I was Air Force, but I wasn’t a fighter pilot.” He lives in an old fishing village in coastal North Carolina: “I sleep late, I fly, I write; I have a big dog and a small house. I’m a decent cook and a lousy gardener. And Tom DeGeorge is my true name. I miss the people, the work, and the atmosphere at CIA. No one I know misses the stress, frustration, and the long line at the OHB Starbucks.”
Anthony Delauney is a financial advisor, a franchise business owner, and the author of several financial education books in the Owning the Dash series: Applying the Mindset of a Fitness Master to the Art of Family Financial Planning (2019), The No-Regrets Retirement Roadmap (2021), Dash and Nikki and the Jellybean Game (2021), Lilly and May Learn Why Mom and Dad Work (2022), Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister’s Bet (2023), and Michael and Hannah and the Magical Money Tree (2023).
Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Her early novels are Irish Encounter, Mars…With Venus Rising, and Rescued Hearts. Her Forever series includes Forever Music, Forever Home, and “A Hatteras Surprise,” featured in Candy Cane Wishes and Saltwater Dreams.
The sheer joy of curling up with a good book proved a constant companion as I grew up in rural Mississippi. Nothing at that time transported me more quickly into the realm of dreams and possibility than the journey of a tale told well. The power of a good book in my life remained a constant companion as I moved to western North Carolina in my twenties. My life includes a BS in Education, an MA in English; 15 years teaching experience in high school and a community college; in 1983, founding a private school then turned charter school in 1997; serving as the Executive Director from 2000-2021; expanding into greater community goals presently through Blu Sky Initiative and working in insurance sales. In my 60s, I knew the time had come to write my own books, to bring stories to my own pages. Roots, legacy, and a sense of place are treasured elements in understanding what drives me as a writer to awaken dreams and a sense of possibility in all my readers. Dark Spot, completing the Jake Baker Mystery Series by Arnold Dyre; 2019. Springheads, mixed genres of history, mystery, romance and fantasy, 2023. Source, a sequel, coming soon.
Donna Everhart is the USA Today bestselling author of authentic, vivid Southern fiction, including the Southeastern Library Association Award-winning The Road to Bittersweet, Indie Next Pick and Amazon Book of the Month, The Education of Dixie Dupree, The Forgiving Kind, The Moonshiner’s Daughter, and her most recent, The Saints of Swallow Hill. Her sixth book, (currently untitled) releases in February 2024. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, she now lives with her husband in a small town in the Sandhills region, and is most likely working on her next novel. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
Katherine Fuoco Fairchild has lived in five states and in Singapore, Belgium, Australia, and Hong Kong. She translates her interest in relationships—how families, friends, colleagues relate—to novels, short stories, and essays. Hers is a family of writers and artists: her husband, SJ Fairchild, is an author (fairchildsj.com). Her daughter, Lyn Fairchild Hawks, is a novelist and writing consultant (lynhawks.com). And her daughter, Antonia Fairchild, is a theater producer and professor.
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.
Stella Fosse is the pen name of a North Carolina author who champions the creativity of women past midlife by leading imaginative workshops in seasoned romance and erotica. Her 2019 book, Aphrodite’s Pen, encourages women to explore this joyful practice. Her fiction includes her debut novel, Brilliant Charming Bastard, and her second novel, Vampires of a Certain Age.
Kerry Fryar Freeman crafts fiction as if it were a new puzzle. The settings are real and well-researched, the details are rich and layered, and the stories absorb and propel readers one piece at a time. Kerry’s debut novel, SEDONA: A NOVEL, was long-listed for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award and is set for publication with the Wild Rose Press later this year. Kerry also writes a blog called “Books and Bevies” where she features an array of authors from New York Times and Amazon bestsellers to debut Indie gems. Books and Bevies can be found on her website KerryFryarFreeman.com or by following her on Twitter @KerryFFreeman and Instagram @Books_and_Bevies. Kerry currently resides in North Carolina and is a member of the NC Writers’ Network and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
Nicholas W Fuller has been writing all of his life. He began writing his first novel while still in fifth grade—a science fiction story featuring an alien race inspired by his neighbor’s basset hounds. While that work remains incomplete, Nicholas has worked on various blogs and stories over the years, including earning an honorable mention from Elegant Literature. When Nicholas is not writing, he’s probably thinking about writing, maybe playing video games, possibly tickling one or both of his two children, or perhaps traveling with his wife…but likely also pondering writing. He hopes to continue to make things up and put them on paper for an ever wider audience.
Jonathan’s blog “Heart, Hiking, Here and Now” began with his writing about the Camino de Santiago Frances in Spain in the fall of 2022. His 500-mile pilgrimage over thirty-five days is highlighted in posts of short essays and photos. Now he’s hiking and writing about his journey on the 1,200-mile Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina. In addition, he posts short stories and poetry written over his life.
Ruben was born and raised in East Los Angeles but has called North Carolina home since 1976. After college Ruben served in the Peace Corps including two years as a volunteer elementary school teacher in a small African village where he spent his evenings reading and writing by candlelight. Since retiring, Ruben now writes full time. His first published novel, The Cottage on the Bay, was published by Moon Shine Cove Publishing and came out in 2018. His second book, Murder on Black Mountain, came out in 2020, from Fire Star Press. His third book, the second book in his Black Mountain Mystery series, came out in June 2022, by Indigo Sea Press. He has a contract for a stand-alone thriller/suspense book due for release in 2023. He belongs to several writer’s groups including the NC Writers Network, Triad Writers, Winston-Salem Writers and the local chapter of Sisters in Crime. Ruben is currently spending many hours a day trying to write a memoir of growing up as a Mexican American and suffering through the predictable “pangs” of selective memory. Ruben lives in High Point, NC, with his wife, a former teacher and journalism major, and his most valued critic.
Bill Griffin features Southern poets at his blog, GriffinPoetry.com, with a focus on ecopoetry. He has published six chapbooks and one full length poetry collection, Crossing the River, inspired by his 40 years as a rural family doctor. In 2012, Bill served as the Poet-in-Residence at the NC Zoological Park in Asheboro for the Poetry of Conservation project; his poetry is strongly influenced by his training as a scientist and naturalist. Bill’s ecopoetry collection, Snake Den Ridge, a Bestiary, is set in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and illustrated by his wife, Linda French Griffin.
Mimi Herman is the author of The Kudzu Queen, A Field Guide to Human Emotions, and Logophilia. Her writing has appeared in LitHub, Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review, and many other journals. Mimi has read her work at venues across the country, including Symphony Space, Why There Are Words and the Raleigh, North Carolina, Memorial Auditorium. She is a member of the AWP Board of Directors, a Warren Wilson MFA alumna, a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, and a Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellow. Mimi co-directs Writeaways writing workshops in France, Italy, Ireland, New Mexico, and online. For more information visit her at www.mimiherman.com and www.writeaways.com.
DJ Hicks currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, but considers himself a man of many places and many faces. When not waiting for his luggage in an airport somewhere, he enjoys being in and around sports and eating the best thing possible at any moment in life. Most of his writing work has only appeared in his head, but it’s slowly making its way to the pages. His first official novel will be published in early 2023 with Warren Publishing. He has no other fancy credentials to put here, but he did make over 1,000 consecutive jumps on a pogo stick once. Ask him about it.
AE Hines is a poet living in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Medellín, Colombia. He is the author of Adam in the Garden (Terrapin Books, 2024) and Any Dumb Animal (Main Street Rag, 2021). He has won the Red Wheelbarrow Prize and Palette Poetry’s Love and Eros Prize, and has been a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. His poems have been published in such journals as The Southern Review, Rattle, The Sun, Prairie Schooner, and Alaska Quarterly. His literary criticism can be found in American Poetry Review, Rain Taxi, and Northwest Review.
Billie Hinton is a writer and psychotherapist. She lives on a small horse farm in central North Carolina where she tends horses, a painted pony, two miniature donkeys, two Corgis, five cats, bees, native plants, and a golden retriever who believes in love. She also hosts week-long writing retreats at her Stillwater mountain home in Madison County, NC.
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.
Born in North Carolina, 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.
Marjorie Hudson is the award-winning author of Searching for Virginia Dare, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, and a new release, Indigo Field, a novel.
Virginia Ewing Hudson is a cellist, writer, and close observer of her natural surroundings. She writes poems and essays when they come, otherwise, short and long fiction. She has won the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, The Woman’s Writing Award, and a Poetry Prize from Woman Speak. She placed in the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition and was a semi-finalist in the Faulkner Society’s Wisdom Competition for novels. She has published in the Thomas Wolfe Review, Bosque Press Literary Journal, Firefly Ridge Magazine, Wildflower Muse, and Verse Virtual. A poem of hers will be included in the forthcoming anthology from Longleaf Press on healing from war trauma. Her essay on urban deforestation was published by the Raleigh News and Observer. Formerly a cellist in Raleigh, North Carolina, Virginia now plays and writes in the wilds of Northern New Mexico.
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.
Elizabeth Illig is a writer and career coach who writes career-focused romances with steamy key performance indicators. Born and raised in North Carolina, Elizabeth has a degree in counseling and another in English from universities in her beloved home state, where she continues to live with her golden-retriever puppy and golden-retriever-like husband. She owns a private career coaching practice, ghostwrites nonfiction, and teaches college classes. When she’s not working, she reads way too many romance and fantasy novels (bonus if they have elements of both), sips way too many coffees or IPAs (depending on the hour), and tries way too often to run short and long distances (with mixed results). You can find her online at www.elizabethillig.com and on Instagram at @ewalk_illig.
Karen Luke Jackson draws upon contemplative practices, oral history, and the natural world for inspiration. She is the author of GRIT (Finishing Line Press, 2020), a poetry chapbook chronicling her sister’s life as an award-winning clown, and The View Ever Changing (Kelsay Books, 2021), a full-length collection exploring the power of place and family ties. Karen has also published poems and short stories in numerous journals including Broad River Review (Rash Poetry Award), Ruminate (Janet McCabe Poetry Award, Honorable Mention), Atlanta Review, One, Susurrus, Willows Wept, Reckon Review, Nobody’s Home, and Kakalak. A member of the North Carolina Writers Network, Netwest, and the North Carolina Poetry Society, Karen was privileged to study with Pat Riviere-Seel in the 2018 NCPS Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series. She holds a doctorate in education from North Carolina State University and is a retreat leader and facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal. Karen resides in a cottage on a goat pasture in Flat Rock, North Carolina, where she writes and companions people on their spiritual journeys. Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains and being a grandmother are two of her greatest joys.
Matthew is the author of the poetry collection, Shadow Folk and Soul Songs, published by Kelsay Books in 2019, and his second collection, Far From New York State, is scheduled for an early 2023 release through New York Quarterly Press. Among selected journals, Matthew’s poetry has appeared in Maudlin House, Maryland Literary Review, New York Quarterly, Northern New England Review, Roanoke Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, Up the Staircase Quarterly, I-70 Review, and The Front Porch Review. Matthew, who is a three-time, Best of the Net nominee, is also the managing editor of the literary magazine, Portrait of New England, and the poetry editor of the magazine, The Twin Bill. He is a M.A. graduate of UNC-Greensboro and a member of the writing networks: The North Carolina Writers Network, the Hudson Valley Writers Guild, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. A native of New Rochelle, New York, and raised in Stratford, Connecticut, he now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Matthew is a former sports journalist and editor and has written for The Carolinian, Fansided, The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY), and USA Today’s College; he remains a freelance editor.
Brittany Johnston is a writer, editor, and professor living along the North Carolina coastline with her fiancé, two children, and one incredibly spoiled pittie, Hendrick. She considers herself a professional student after getting graduate degrees in English and Creative Writing, and she is currently working on her doctorate in English Literature where she advocates for the agency readers find in dark romance and the need to redefine romance as a genre to encompass all the various and beautiful ways that people experience love. Brittany’s writing contains plot, spice, and everything morally gray. She writes epic fantasy with romance for readers who want to go on a journey with hauntingly flawed characters and spicy scenes that offer a side of magic and darker elements that take readers to places they wouldn’t quite expect. If life has taught her anything, it’s that people are morally gray in the most fascinating ways, herself included. Being able to explore this peels back the layers everyone has and shows all that humanity has to offer. When she’s not working, Brittany can be found with her family and friends playing Dungeons and Dragons or World of WarCraft, painting mini figurines for their family game nights, reading, or cooking up something in the kitchen.
Author, broadcast journalist, and freelance writer Karen Jones is the author of the nonfiction Up the Bestseller Lists! and Death for Beginners, and fiction novels The Highland Witch and The Summer of Grace. Jones has fifteen years’ experience in television news as anchor and feature reporter. She has co-directed regional writing conferences, taught writing seminars at the University of Richmond, CNU and LSU, and is a member of National League of American Pen Women, and the Authors Guild. Contact her at kjwriter.com.
Of publications and events that involve Paul Jones – mostly poetry.
Mirinda Kossoff was born in Greensboro and grew up not that far away in the small textile and tobacco town of Danville, Virginia, which she couldn’t wait to escape. She managed to get as far away as Japan for work, after graduating from The College of William & Mary. Later, she lived in England for nine months. Her essays and creative writing have been passions she pursued alongside her day jobs. She penned a weekly column for a local paper, was an essayist/commentator on regional public radio, and taught essay writing at Duke University in a continuing education program now called OLLI. She has been published in newspapers and national magazines and publshed her first book, The Rope of Life: A Memoir, in 2020.
Misha Lazzara is the author of Manmade Constellations. She received her MA in English from UNCC and an MFA from NCSU.
Meet Bridget May, a literary virtuoso with a passion for weaving tales and unearthing the extraordinary in the ordinary. As a published Christian lit author, (pen name B.A. May), Bridget has left a mark on the literary landscape, crafting a narrative that captivates the mind and adds a new dimension to worship while it tugs at the heartstrings. But Bridget May is not just a storyteller; she’s also a ghostwriter extraordinaire, a literary phantom who breathes life into other people’s stories. With a chameleon-like ability to adapt her writing style, Bridget can seamlessly channel the voice of anyone, from the quirky inventor to the seasoned adventurer. A connoisseur of eclectic knowledge, Bridget May knows a little about a lot, making her the go-to wordsmith for projects spanning genres and subjects. Her writing is not just a skill; it’s a manifestation of curiosity and a commitment to unearthing the gems of human experience. Fueling her creativity is a genuine love for research, where each fact uncovered becomes a brushstroke in the grand canvas of storytelling. Bridget thrives on helping others articulate their tales, turning raw narratives into polished gems that resonate with authenticity. In a world where stories are the currency of connection, Bridget May stands as a wordsmith, a guide, and a weaver of dreams.
Mandy Monath is a writer of children’s books, poetry, essays, short stories, and plays. Her children’s book, How Counting Came to Be (2024), tells the story of a prehistoric girl who discovers the power of numbers. Her poetry collection, This Is Like That: Poems and Process (2023), combines lyric poems with reflections on the creative process. She has been a finalist in the North Carolina Poetry Contest and a featured poet in the NCPS Poetry in Plain Sight (2024). She has also published pieces in various newspapers, including Christian Science Monitor and The Wall Street Journal. Two comic plays, Finders, Keepers and Manifestations of Idiosyncrasy in the Actualization of the Potential Work, written with co-author Karin Gleiter, have been staged at the Raleigh (NC) Little Theater and the Carrboro (NC) Arts Center. Her short story Home won the Haunted Pamlico Horror Fiction Contest in 2021. Mandy earned a B.A. from Salem College in Classics and English, and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a fiction reader for The Carolina Quarterly. She is a member of the North Carolina Poetry Society, North Carolina Writers’ Network, the Alliance of Independent Authors, and Pamlico Writers’ Group.
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 is the author of eight books and the William R. Kenan Jr Chair in the Humanities at Wake Forest University.
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.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.
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.
Lauren is a writer and community organizer in Texas and New Mexico. She’s passionate about supporting authors, books, writing communities, and local bookstores. She lives in Austin, Texas, but loves to visit North Carolina as often as possible.
Leslie Pietrzyk’s collection of linked stories set in DC, Admit This to No One, was published in 2021 by Unnamed Press. Her first collection of stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Short fiction and essays have appeared in, among others, Ploughshares, Story Magazine, Hudson Review, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, The Sun, Cincinnati Review, and The Washington Post Magazine. Awards include a Pushcart Prize in 2020. She teaches fiction and CNF in the Converse University low-res MFA program in SC.
Nancy Werking Poling lives and writes in the mountains of western North Carolina. Her most recent published books include While Earth Still Speaks, a novel, and Before It Was Legal: a black-white marriage (1945-1987), non-fiction.
Mark Anthony Powers grew up in the small town of West Lebanon, NH. At Cornell University, he branched out into Creative Writing and Russian while majoring in engineering. After receiving his MD from Dartmouth, he went south to the University of North Carolina for an internship and residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. After almost forty years in clinical practice and teaching, he retired from Duke University as an Associate Professor Emeritus of Medicine and began his exploration of other parts of his brain. Writing, growing fruits and vegetables, and magic courses were just some of the enjoyment that followed. A deep dive into beekeeping led to his presidency of the county beekeeping association and certification as a Master Beekeeper. His previously published novels include the medical thrillers A Swarm in May, Breath and Mercy, and Nature’s Bite.
My name is Laura Catherine Rader. I earned a BA in psychology from San Diego State University, where I minored in history and took creative writing and literature classes. I drew on those passions in my thirty-year career as a history and English teacher of elementary and middle school students. Now, I’m retired and a full-time historical fiction writer. My debut historical fiction novel, Hatfield 1677, will be released in May 2024. When not writing, I enjoy researching my genealogy, attending neighborhood book club meetings, taking forest walks with my Rough Collie, and visiting my adult daughter in Brooklyn. Originally from California, I now live twenty miles north of Raleigh, North Carolina. Fiction allows both author and reader to walk in someone else’s shoes. Historical fiction allows us to time travel. That is why it appeals to me.
Raleigh-based freelance writer and editor with six years of experience and a Bachelors degree in English Language and Literature
Raised in Georgia, Bonnie Schell gained perspective on growing up in Atlanta by spending 30 years in California where she founded a drop-in center for individuals with a madness experience. Her study of Women’s Complaint Lyrics from Chaucer to Ann Sexton and observations of women being silenced and interrupted, forms the background for The Last White Family. As a member of Local 7, of Santa-Cruz-Monterey National Writers Union, her poetry was published in Coastlines: Eight Santa Cruz Poets, Chinquapin of University of California, In Celebration of the Muse anthology, Quarry West, and the Monterey Poetry Review. Back in the south her memoirs have appeared in WNC Woman and the anthologies: What Does it Mean to Be White in America? and Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South. Bonnie is now sheltering in place in Asheville, NC, with a grey cat sitting on her mouse, while finishing a collection of work entitled Growing Up Mad in the South.
The official website of writer / ghostwriter / editor / illustrator A.L. Sirois
Born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, grew up in Jersey suburbs, college in Pennsylvania, and living near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Carolina, Linda Sittig has been a published author since 1982 and specializes in stories about strong women in history whose lives should have been acknowledged long ago.
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 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.
Ed Southern grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and Greenville, SC, and was educated in their public schools. He is the author of Fight Songs: A Story of Love and Sports in a Complicated South (2021, Blair), a finalist for the 2022 Southern Book Prize (no relation). His shorter work, in a variety of genres, has appeared in The Bitter Southerner, storySouth, the North Carolina Literary Review, South Writ Large, the Asheville Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Since 2008 he has been the executive director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. In 2015 he won the Fortner Award for service to the literary arts in North Carolina.
Sarah Maury Swan lives in the New Bern area. She has published four books and many short stories since she moved here. She is now working on three books, two children’s books, and a murder mystery.
I’m a father of four and husband to one. I work in IT during the daytime and write at night (or whenever I can scare up an hour). I’m an experienced geek across multiple disciplines.
Richard Allen Taylor is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Letters to Karen Carpenter and Other Poems (2023) from Main Street Rag Publishing Company. His poems, articles and reviews have appeared in Rattle, Comstock Review, The Pedestal, Iodine Poetry Journal, Litmosphere, Gyroscope Review, and Aeolian Harp, among others. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Taylor formerly served as review editor for The Main Street Rag and co-editor of Kakalak. He and his Kakalak co-editors were honored as recipients of the Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award for service to the writing community. After retiring from his business career, he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and now resides in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Stanley B. Trice has had more than two dozen magazines and journals publish his short stories. Also, he has self-published four books. Stanley lives in eastern North Carolina where he belongs to several writing groups and volunteers at nonprofits to write grants. More about him can be found at stanleybtrice.com.
Judith Turner-Yamamoto, author of Loving the Dead and Gone (Regal House Publishing, Sept. 22), grew up in central North Carolina in a small mill town. Her work has appeared in over thirty journals and anthologies, and she has won more than fifteen awards and fellowships – including the Ohio Arts Council, the Virginia Arts Commission, the Sewanee Writers Conference-Scholar, the Washington Prize for Fiction, and the Virginia Screenwriting Award. Judith taught fiction at the Chautauqua Writers’ Center, the Danville Writer’s Conference, and the Writers’ Center, Bethesda, Maryland. She was a featured author and panelist at the 2022 Kentucky Book Festival, the 2022 Books by the Banks Festival, the 2023 Ohioana Book Festival, and speaker at the 2023 Santa Barbara Writers Conference and the 2023 Friends of the Library Sunset Signature Series, Asheboro. Publishers Weekly calls Loving the Dead and Gone “a bittersweet and fantastical debut.” Foreword Reviews says, “Loving the Dead and Gone is a moving, insightful novel about growing through tragedy.” A dynamic interviewee, Judith’s own on-air interviews have been featured on NPR affiliate WVXU. Over 1,000 articles have appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Elle, Interiors, Art & Antiques, The Los Angeles Times, and Travel & Leisure, and many others.
Landis Wade writes light-hearted legal thrillers and mysteries with a historical or holiday touch (cozies with a bit of a thrill). He is a recovering trial lawyer (after 35 years of law practice) and founder of Charlotte Readers Podcast (where he has conducted 500+ author interviews), whose third book—The Christmas Redemption—won the Holiday category of the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards and whose recent novel—Deadly Declarations—won more than five awards including Winner in the 2022 American Fiction Awards in the Cozy Mystery category. He compiled The Write Quotes series–8 books that release monthly beginning March 1, 2023. Book 1: The Write Quotes: The Writing Life, features inspirational and practical quotes from 500+ interviews with hard-working, award-winning, and New York Times bestselling authors in more than 33 U.S. states and five countries. He spends time in Charlotte, Durham, and Watauga County, North Carolina, where he writes and podcasts, plays with his grandchild, and fly-fishes. Visit his podcast website here: www.charlottereaderspodcast.com. Visit his author website here: www.landiswade.com.
Nancy Wakeley grew up in the New York State Finger Lakes region and now resides in Apex, North Carolina, with her husband. She completed her degree in health information management from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, and spent her career in the health information management and clinical research fields until the writing muse dictated retirement from Duke Clinical Research Institute. She belongs to the North Carolina Writer’s Network, NC Scribes, and Military Writers Society of America, and gives back to her community through volunteerism. She embraces all things fashioned out of musical notes and words as the ultimate reflection of life’s beautiful journey. Her first novel Heirloom (A Kate Tyler Novel) is a 2021 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist and a gold medal winner from the Military Writers Society of America. Her second novel in the Kate Tyler series, The Legend, was awarded a silver medal from the Military Writers Society of America in 2022. A third novel in the series is planned for October 2023.
Todd Warner writes from his historic home and farm set amongst the rolling hills of the North Carolina Piedmont somewhere north of Raleigh-Durham. When not writing, he can often be found repairing fences, tending sheep, messing with honey bees, or spending time with his wife and pup. He also loves to take long walks, imagining he is another Thoreau or Muir or perhaps a slightly more cheerful Edward Abbey.
Given that her parents met in a library, it is no surprise that Catherine Rossi owned a library card at age 4. She has been reading and writing ever since. Catherine graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), then dove headlong into the tech field where she wrangled words and people as frequently as code and data. She writes fiction, humorous essays, and blogs.
Experiential writer: Books on travel/culture, nature, memoir, and psychology.
Ken Wetherington lives in Durham, North Carolina. His story “The Brothers Evanger” was the first runner-up for the 2022 Harambee Literary Prize. “Singapura” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize XLVII and the 2023 Best American Short Stories anthology. Other stories have appeared in Ginosko Literary Journal, Remington Review, The Fable Online, Borrowed Solace: A Journal of Literary Ramblings, Waymark Literary Magazine, Lowestoft Chronicle, Idle Ink, and others. His first collection, Santa Abella and Other Stories was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion from the Book Readers Appreciation Group in the literary fiction category. His second collection In the Eye of the Beholder was released in April 2023. When not writing, he is an avid film buff and has taught film courses for the OLLI program at Duke University. He may be reached through his website: kenwetherington.com or on Twitter @KenWetherington.
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.
Author, podcaster, and musician. My latest book, Finding Beauty in the Gray: Stories and Verse From the Third Age, was published through Warren Publishing in November 2023.
Nancy H. Williard returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina after twenty years outside Yosemite, CA. She traded her Harley for an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. In 2021, she received Honorable Mention in the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. See nhwilliard.com for current publications – short stories, creative nonfiction. Her novel is in progress.
MFA Queens University, novelist and short story writer.
Gerry Wilson’s debut novel, That Pinson Girl, is forthcoming from Regal House Publishing in February 2024. A seventh-generation Mississippian, Gerry grew up in a little town nestled in the red clay hills of north Mississippi, thirty miles from William Faulkner’s Oxford and far from just about everywhere else. Her story collection, Crosscurrents and Other Stories (Press 53), was nominated for a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction Award. Gerry has been a recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Artist grant. Her short fiction has appeared most recently in december magazine and in other journals.
John Thomas York is a retired teacher of high school English and creative writing. He has published four chapbooks and one full-length poetry collection, Cold Spring Rising (2012, Press 53). His work has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Poetry East, KROnline (Kenyon Review), Appalachian Journal, and several other magazines. He has won both the James Applewhite Poetry Prize and the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize from North Carolina Literary Review.