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Do You Have a New Book Out in 2020?

While everyone is suffering in their own private way during this pandemic, our hearts go out to those authors who have or who are scheduled to publish books this year. Amid the wreckage of cancelled travel plans; shifting pub dates; and economic uncertainty, it’s a challenging time to be promoting one’s new work—something that is […]

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 […]

Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

From our friends at Triangle ArtWorks: Gig workers, self-employed artists, and employees of small arts non-profits can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. As part of the federal CARES Act, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which went live last week, provides state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for independent contractors, gig workers, and others who […]

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 […]

Relief Funding Now for the Arts

From our friends at ARTS North Carolina: As the Executive Director of Arts NC, I know this is an overwhelming time, and that there is much to learn and much to do. I implore you to use the information provided and to please do all of the crucial actions listed below as soon as possible. […]

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, […]