Skip to content

Tag Archives: crystal simone smith

Divine Poetry in the Land of the Longleaf Pine

“Here’s to the land of the longleaf pine,” declares North Carolina’s State Toast. This is, in fact, its opening line. Before the rhododendron, before the scuppernong, comes the seemingly omnipresent longleaf pine. The non-profit Longleaf Press, housed at Methodist University in Fayetteville, publishes both chapbooks and full-length poetry collections. Founded in 1997, they are open […]

Support for Underrepresented Voices: Backbone Press

Last year on our blog, we highlighted one literary magazine each week. The response was so positive, we decided to continue with a variation on a theme. In 2018, the focus will be on publishers: the small presses, hybrid companies, and purveyors of quality handbound titles we’ve grown to love and that are cultivated right […]

Giving Tuesday

On this #GivingTuesday, the North Carolina Writers’ Network welcomes and appreciates any donation, in any amount, that any lover of literature sees fit to give. All you have to do is visit our website,, and click on the “Nobody Writes Alone” banner below our logo. The Network, however, is doing fine. Our membership is […]

Writers Resist

On Sunday, January 16—Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, birthday—writers around America will participate in Writers Resist Events where speakers will “read from a curated selection of diverse writers’ voices that speak to the ideals of Democracy and free expression.” All events are free and open to the public. In Wilmington, Pomegranate Books will host an event […]

Meet the Slush Pile Live! Panelists

For the second year in a row, the North Carolina Writers’ Network Spring Conference will feature Slush Pile Live! Last year’s sessions were insanely popular, with folks camping out in the seminar rooms more than an hour before the program began. This year will be just as thrilling but with one (hopefully) improvement: Slush Pile […]