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New YouTube Channel Features Poetry Book Launches

One silver lining to our current global predicament is the way in which so many communities have rallied around one another. The literary community is no exception. Malaika King Albrecht, a poet and current president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, launched a YouTube channel in March. Every Thursday at 7:00 pm, using Zoom, she […]

Guide to Reopening the Arts in NC

As North Carolina settles into a modified Phase Two of the state’s phased plan to ease restrictions stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic, cultural leaders have released a “Guide to Reopening the Arts in North Carolina” to keep patrons, workers, and artists as safe as possible in response to COVID-19. Arts leaders representing the North Carolina […]

Support Pandemic Publications

Last week we put out a call for authors who have or who are publishing books in 2020. We got quite a response! By no means is our Pandemic Publications list anywhere near exhaustive. This list does, however, offer a sampling of authors who poured their hearts and souls into a book and had the […]

North Carolina Independent Bookstores: What’s Open?

By Deonna Kelli Sayed As the state gradually reopens, independent bookstores across North Carolina are experimenting with modified retail models to ensure that staff and customers remain safe. The shutdown hasn’t stopped literary community from happening. Many bookstores have remained open as essential businesses by shifting to online and phone orders. Some bookstores launched online […]

Thinking about Going Back to School?

Over the last couple of months, organizations around the world have had to change the way they do things, including—and perhaps especially—educational institutions. Lenoir-Rhyne University is one of many institutes of higher learning that have had to adjust. After all, with a pandemic on, it’s a great time for adult learners to take stock and […]

Poem in Your Pocket Day: Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Thursday, April 30, is “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” celebrated internationally (well, in the U.S. as well as Canada!) each year during National Poetry Month. Typically, when there’s not a pandemic on, lovers of the written word are encouraged to type or write a poem on a piece of paper and then carry that […]

Literary Community In the Time of Covid

By Deonna Kelli Sayed Imagine: the book that you worked on for years is released right before a global pandemic. This sounds like a plot one might read in a bestselling thriller, but it is a reality authors and publishers are struggling to navigate. Wilmington-based Melody Moezzi launched her new memoir, The Rumi Prescriptions: How […]

Gather Under One Roof to Support NC Artists

From our friends at Markay Media and The NC Arts Council: Markay Media and the NC Arts Council have partnered to chronicle the practice of North Carolina artists during this unprecedented time. Send us your videos (1 min or shorter) that exemplify your art practice in the time of Covid. If you’ve been inspired amidst […]

NCWN: Vocationally Quarantined Since 2008

Many of us are now working from home for the “forseeable future,” although, as our Executive Director reminded the Network staff earlier this week, while much of the world was adjusting to the new realities of social isolation and virtual workspaces, for the North Carolina Writers’ Network, which has been a virtual workplace since 2008, […]

The Arts and COVID-19

By Wayne Martin, Executive Director, North Carolina Arts Council Dear Friends and Colleagues: The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging all North Carolinians to alter their lifestyles and radically change habits in order to arrest the spread of the virus. The arts and culture sectors in our state are heavily impacted as more and more artists, organizations, […]