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Hats Off! to Richard Krawiec, who has been asked to be on the Advisory Panel of Writing for Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating empathy through education and creative writing in order to develop a foundation of compassion on which to build a more peaceful world.


Hats Off! to Gwenyfar Rohler, whose novella is serialized this year in Encore Magazine. Titled "Contract Killer: Memoirs of a Reluctant Reaper," the latest installment is here.


Hats Off! to Malinda Dunlap Fillingim, whose poem "Biscuits" has been selected by the Winston-Salem poetry project, Poetry in Plain Sight, for its March 2013 edition.


Hats Off! to Glenda Barrett, whose poem "Final Wish" was accepted by Barely South. Also, her essay "The French Harp" was accepted for Bread 'n Molasses.


Hats Off! to Valerie Nieman, whose poem "Live With It," published in the ...and Love... anthology edited by Richard Krawiec, has been accepted for the new Virgina Quarterly Review Instapoetry project. She's "jazzed to think of this poem visualized."


Hats off! to Carol Cooley, whose essay was chosen for a second volume anthology, Unruly Catholic Women Writers, Creative Responses to Catholicism. The essay collection will be published by SUNY Press. The release date is slated for November 2013.


Hats Off! to Kathryn Etters Lovatt of Camden, SC, who has been named SC Arts Commission's Prose Writer for 2013. This $5,000 grant is awared every other year.


Hats Off! to new author in town, Irene Menendez. Macaroni Ponytail, her first illustrated children's book, appeared in "New and Notable" by Ben Steelman of the Wilmington Star-News, and her first booksigning was held at Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington with standing room only.



Hats Off! to LC Fiore and Richard Krawiec, who finished first and second respectively in the Winston-Salem Writers Ten-Minute Play Contest. Fiore's "The Pit" and Krawiec's "Disabilities" will be given a staged reading and a discussion, moderated by Nathan Ross Freeman, in late April.


Hats Off! to Lavonne Adams of Wilmington, whose new poem “Disparity,” appears in the Winter 2012 issue of CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women.


. . . to Sandra Ann Winters, whose poem “Death of Alaska” won first prize and 1000 Euros in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre in Ireland.  The Centre flew her to Cork, Ireland, where she read her winning entry February 16 at the Cork Spring Literature Festival 2011.  Her poem will be published in the Irish poetry journal, Southword.  Announcement of her winning  entry can be found at the festival blog site: .

.... to Linda Rohrbough. Linda  has an iPhone App of her workshop “Pitch Your Book” and her first novel The Prophetess I: At Risk, both coming out in Spring of 2011.

. . . to Suzy Barile, Wake Tech Community College instructor, whose essay titled "Richard Caswell Swain 1837-1872" is included in Shannon, Illinois: 150 Years -- 1860-2010, published for the Illinois town's sesquicentennial celebration. Swain was one of the first physicians in the then-frontier town of Shannon and Barile's great-great uncle. She also is the author of Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle & a Yankee General (Eno 2009).

......David Rigsbee’s new chapbook The Pilot House, winner of the 2009 Black River Chapbook Contest, has just been published by Black Lawrence Press.  More information is available at

. . . to Sandra Adams.  Two poems by Sandra Ervin Adams, "Shame," and "Family of Man," appear online in the February 2010, Black History Month edition of The Dead Mule. Lisa Shearin. The next two books in Lisa's Raine Benares fantasy adventure series were sold to Anne Sowards at Ace Books by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency. Edwina Rooker. Her work "It Was All About 'The Circle'" won 2nd place in the nonfiction category of the 2007 Carteret Writers contest. Her poem "Billy Strayhorn" won Honorable Mention in the James Larkin Pearson Contest sponsored by The Poetry Council of North Carolina. Her World War II poem, "Lost Romance," appeared in the "Looking Back" anthology of Old Mountain Press.
..... to Susan Meyers. Her poetry book "Keep and Give Away" from USC Press has won the SIBA (Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance) award. Allan Jefferys, who is now writing a weekly column (Sundays) for the newspaper,The Pilot, which is published Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from Southern Pines, NC. Jefferys has written two novels and is a former New York, NY theatre critic. Katherine S. Crawford. Her historical novel Unto the Hills , won first place in the historical fiction category 2007 Paul Gillette Writing Contest, given by the Pikes Peak Writers' Conference. Crawford was also awarded a writers' residency in October 2007 to the Montana Artists Refuge. Brenda Kay Ledford. She received the 2007 Paul Green Multimedia Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians for her poetry chapbook, SHEW BIRD MOUNTAIN . It was published by Finishing Line Press. For more information, go to: Gerald Smith. His long essay, “The Pilgrim’s Procrastination,” in the current edition (Spring 2007) of The South Carolina Review. It appears in the section Republic of Letters and can be verified via this link Kathy Norcross Watts whose non-fiction short story "Goin’ Fishin’" was named the Linda Flowers Prize winner by the N.C. Humanities Council and was published in its October 2006 edition of NC Crossroads Dody Williams Her story "Baba" will be published in the February issue of Read This Magazine. Read This Magazine is a literary magazine associated with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The editor, Claire Askew, wrote the following about Dody's story: "We were very impressed by "Baba"- it was not only skillfully written but very moving-beautifully done, a gread read. I hope you'll continue writing, and maybe submit to us again in the future!" Charles Blackburn, Jr., of Raleigh, NC. a Former Writers' Network board  president, received the 2008 Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award for Literature from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. His band, When Cousins Marry, performed as part of the this reading at the event. The group recently released their debut CD, Shotgun Wedding , featuring 13 original songs. Visit for related details. Susan Barry Blair whose children’s book Adventure on the High Sea! A Family’s Sailing Voyage Across the Atlantic was the featured review in the November issue of MySchoolRocks magazine, which is distributed to all elementary students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg county. She also presented her story at this year’s North Carolina School Library Media Association Convention in Winston-Salem October 5th. Paula Offutt whose debut novel, Butch Girls Can Fix Anything, was released January 10th, 2007. The press release can be found on the publisher's website, Regal Crest Enterprises. Howard A. Goodman, whose short stories, "Husband" and "Déjà Vu" were selected for publication in Catfish Stew, the annual compilation of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop. Maureen Sherbondy Her Poem "Laundry Rant" won the 2007 Hart Crane Memorial Award from Kent State University. Allison Adelle Hedge Coke. She has been appointed as the Distinguished and Endowed Paul and Clarice Reynolds Chair of English and Associate Professor of Poetry &Writing at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Ann Barnhill. She currently has a poem online at Poetry Southeast and will have another in the spring, 2007 issue. Another poem has been accepted in the antholgy, Mourning Sickness, and an essay has been accepted for the anthology, A Quite Place. Chris Roerden, who won the internationally recognized Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction Book for Don't Murder Your Mystery It is also one of three finalists for the Macavity Award, given by Mystery Readers International, the largest organization of its kind in the world. Alice Owens Johnson . She is a finalist in the Hidden River Arts 2006 Awards for her short story "Mrs. Peacock Did it in the Conservatory." Eleanora E. Tate, whose eleventh book, Celeste's Harlem Renaissance was released by Little Brown Books for Young Readers and has sparked a well-received "Celeste's Walking Tour" of downtown Raleigh. Her short story, "Root Beer Sit-In" was published by Scholastic Storyworks Magazine earlier this year and her chapter book Front Porch Stories at the One-Room School , was reprinted by Just Us Books, Inc. Publishers in February. Nancy Williams. Her book The Agenda 21 Conspiracy won second place from the Southeastern Writers Association Conference.
... Zach Goodson had a short story, "Christmas Tree," published in Aries, Volume XXIII Winter 2007 - 2008, a publication of Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, NC. the Hawkins family. The Anna Wooten-Hawkings Graduate Award has been established at UNC-Greensboro to support the work of outstanding graduate creative writing students.
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