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Maggie MorganDURHAM, NC—The North Carolina Writers' Network is pleased to welcome Maggie Morgan as the new Membership Coordinator.

After a brief post-college fling with Oxford, Mississippi, Maggie accidentally settled down in Durham eleven years ago. She lives near downtown with her partner of six years and two handsome cats just barely old enough to not be kittens anymore.

Only a week ago, she finished her Masters in English at North Carolina Central University, an experience that was both challenging and fulfilling. With the amount of free time that finishing school has opened up, she plans to conquer her epic list of things to do which includes taking on some craft projects, writing a novel, and finally learning to cook, as well as conquering several shelves of books that have been waiting too long to be read.

As the Membership Coordinator, Maggie is the “front line” for all membership contact with the Network. All membership questions, complaints, donor inquiries, and more should be directed to:

Maggie@ncwriters.org or 919-308-3228

She is available by phone between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, Monday-Friday. If you aren't able to call during this time, leave a message, and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

“We're thrilled Maggie has decided to join us,” said Executive Director Ed Southern. “We hope the addition of a Membership Coordinator will allow us to expand our programs and services—and enhance the quality of those programs and services for all of our members—for years to come.”

If handling customer relations for 1,200 writers sounds daunting, Maggie is up for the challenge. She's no stranger to Herculean tasks.

As an intern with Oxford American magazine, she was directed to secure the rights for what she describes as “The Holy Grail” of unpublished manuscripts: a vampire screenplay written by none other than William Faulkner.

“It was a rite of passage with the magazine,” Maggie explained, “for the editor to assign difficult, sometimes seemingly impossible, tasks to the interns."

But Maggie stubbornly called around and found a provision that allowed the screenplay to see the light of day. The magazine was able to secure the rights to publish an excerpt of the screenplay after a bit of nuanced negotiation with the Faulkner estate. The vampire screenplay ran in Oxford American in January of 2002.

Questions about what you've read here? Call Maggie.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

Scott HulerRALEIGH, NC—The 2014 Squire Summer Writing Residency will be held July 10-13 on the campus of William Peace University in Raleigh. Registration is now open.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry), with fifteen hours of workshop sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own writing, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.

“The Squire Summer Writing Residency may be the most fun the Network has,” NCWN executive director Ed Southern said. “Registrants tend to form close bonds that last long after the Residency is over.”

Former Piedmont Laureate Scott Huler will lead the track in Creative Nonfiction. He has written six books of creative nonfiction, most recently On the Grid (Rodale, 2010), about the infrastructure systems that make our world work. He has written about everything from the death penalty to bikini waxing (he likes to say he is for one and against the other), with his essays and reporting appearing in newspapers like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times and in magazines like ESPN, Backpacker, and Forbes. He contributes writing and video regularly to Our State and Walter magazines.

Randall KenanRandall Kenan, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lead the fiction workshop. He is the author of a novel, A Visitation of Spirits; two works of nonfiction, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire This Time; and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Whiting Writers’ Award, the North Carolina Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rome Prize.

Shelby Stephenson, who will be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in October, will lead the poetry workshop. He has published many collections of poems, plus the poetic documentary Plankhouse (with photos by Roger Manley). Shelby is former editor of Pembroke Magazine. His Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, judged by Allen Grossman. Stephenson’s latest collection, The Hunger of Freedom (2014), is from Red Dashboard.

Shelby StephensonAdmission is limited to the first fifty registrants. And while workshops are at the heart of the conference programming, the weekend is a “residency” in the sense that attendees will enjoy meals together and have the option of staying overnight in on-campus accommodations. Free WiFi and parking are available.

Plus, conference-goers will benefit from being a short walk from many historical and cultural sites in downtown Raleigh. Karen Wells, Executive Director of ARTS North Carolina, will lead a Table Talk in a special program on Friday night.

Registration for the 2014 Squire Summer Writing Residency is open now.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 

Alan Michael ParkerNORTH CAROLINA—Alan Michael Parker of Davidson has won the 2013 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for his poem, "The Ladder."

Final judge Gabriel Spera said of Parker's poem, "This poem spoke to me on a very personal level. The voice—world-weary, wistful, but not without hope—is immediately familiar and sympathetic....I love the unexpected turn in the phrase. Mostly, though, I'm drawn to how this poem conveys the quintessentially human drive to find clarity in confusion, to conquer desire, to believe in new beginnings, and to accept and even savor the fleeting nature of all human endeavors."

Parker will receive a prize of $250, and his poem, along with the runner-up and the two honorable mentions, will be published by storySouth in an special section this summer.

Parker is the author of three novels, Cry Uncle, Whale Man, and The Committee on Town Happiness (Dzanc Books, forthcoming in 2014); and seven collections of poems, including Long Division (Tupelo Press, 2012) winner of the 2012 North Carolina Book Award for the best collection of poetry; and editor of three other volumes, including Who's Who in 20th Century World Poetry, for which he served as Editor for North America. He has been awarded three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, among other honors; he has published over 200 poems and stories in journals.

Gabriel Spera, a recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the author of two poetry collections, named Joseph Mills' poem "Simple Architecture" as runner-up. Katherine Soniat's "Early Life Triptych" and Ross White's "Michelangelo's David" were awarded honorable mentions.

Of Mills' poem, Spera said, “This poem grew on me with each re-reading. Though simple in tone and diction (and title), it is complicated, in the sense that it forges internal linkages that are not immediately apparent....I was taken in by the exploration of the ambiguous nature of the artist, the sudden awareness of the poet's desire to rewrite or whitewash a world that defies any such attempt.”

Joseph MillsJoseph Mills is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He holds the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. His published work includes poetry, fiction, drama, and criticism. He has published four volumes of poetry with Press 53: Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet; Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers; Somewhere During the Spin Cycle; and Love and Other Collisions. Joseph and his wife, Danielle Tarmey, are the authors of A Guide to North Carolina's Wineries (John F. Blair, Publisher). The second edition was released in 2007. He blogs about various topics at "Icing and Ink" and occasionally posts on Twitter @JosephRmills.

The 2013 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition drew 122 entries. Nineteen finalists included Jim Clark, Terri Kirby Erickson, Coppie Green, Ruth Moose, Valerie Nieman, Lynn Veach Sadler, Maureen Sherbondy, and Jim Whiteside.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years. The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy and the graduate program in creative writing at UNCG, and is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Visit www.ncwriters.org for more information on this and other contests.

 

Kathryn Stripling Byer

NORTH CAROLINA—The North Carolina Writers' Network Board of Trustees elected three new members in a vote held Friday, May 3. Kathryn Stripling Byer, Jason Mott, and Alice Osborn will join the Board effective immediately.

"The Board is excited to welcome these talented individuals," said NCWN Board President Margaret Dardess. "Their creativity, diversity, energy, and proven dedication to furthering the mission of the North Carolina Writers' Network will have a lasting impact on writing communities across our state."

Kathryn Stripling Byer was raised on a farm in southwest Georgia, where the material for much of her first poetry originated. She graduated from Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia, with a degree in English literature, and then received her MFA degree from UNC-Greensboro, where she studied with Fred Chappell and Robert Watson, and formed enduring friendships with James Applewhite and Gibbons Ruark.

After graduation she worked at Western Carolina University, becoming Poet-in-Residence in 1990. Her poetry, prose, and fiction have appeared widely, including Hudson Review, Poetry, The Atlantic, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Poetry Review. Often anthologized, her work has also been featured online, where she maintains the blogs Here, Where I Am, and The Mountain Woman. Her body of work was discussed along with that of Charles Wright, Robert Morgan, Fred Chappell, Jeff Daniel Marion, and Jim Wayne Miller in Six Poets from the Mountain South, by John Lang, published by LSU Press. Her first book of poetry, The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest, was published in the AWP Award Series in 1986, followed by the Lamont (now Laughlin) prize-winning Wildwood Flower, from LSU Press. Her subsequent collections have been published in the LSU Press Poetry Series, receiving various awards, including the Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Poetry Award, and the Roanoke-Chowan Award. She served for five years as North Carolina's first woman poet laureate. She lives in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband and three dogs. Her website is www.kathrynstriplingbyer.com.

Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction have appeared in various journals such as Prick of the Spindle, The Thomas Wolfe Review, The Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, Measure, and Chautauqua. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize. He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and “…hide behind me…” His debut novel, The Returned, is slated for publication this August. The Returned has also been optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. The pilot is currently being filmed.

Alice Osborn, M.A., is the author of three books of poetry: After the Steaming Stops, Unfinished Projects, and Right Lane Ends; she is also a manuscript editor, freelance writer, and storyteller. She earned her B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and her M.A. from North Carolina State University. A former Raleigh Charter High School English teacher, Alice has served as a Writer-in-Residence in the United Arts Artists in the Schools program since 2009, and has taught creativity, poetry, memoir, and blogging workshops to Triangle residents for six years. Her work has appeared in Raleigh’s News and Observer, Soundings Review, and in numerous journals and anthologies. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children. Visit her website: www.aliceosborn.com.

The North Carolina Writers' Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. It provides education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. The North Carolina Writers’ Network believes that writing is necessary both for self-expression and a healthy community, that well-written words can connect people across time and distance, and that the deeply satisfying experiences of writing and reading should be available to everyone.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

CULLOWHEE—The 2013 Squire Summer Writing Residency will be July 11–14 on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is the Network’s smallest and most intensive conference. Admission is limited to the first fifty registrants who sign up for one of three three-day workshops:

  • Poetry with Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina’s first woman Poet Laureate. Byer has published six full-length collections of poetry, including Descent (LSU Press, 2012), her most recent. A re-print of her first, the AWP Award-winning The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest, is forthcoming from Press 53. Her work has appeared in many journals and newspapers, including The Atlantic, Hudson Review, Boston Globe, and Georgia Review.

 

  • Fiction with Elizabeth Lutyens. Lutyens returned to her native North Carolina after a career in the Boston area as a journalist in print and television. Her novel-in-progress, Medicine Island, was a semi-finalist in the 2011 William Faulkner – Wisdom Competition. A faculty member of the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC Asheville since 2006, she currently teaches its by-invitation Prose Master Class and is editor-in-chief of its online literary magazine, The Great Smokies Review.

 

  • Creative Nonfiction with Catherine Reid. Reid is the author of Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst (Houghton Mifflin) and Falling into Place (forthcoming from Beacon Press); she has also edited two anthologies and served as editor of nonfiction for a literary journal. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, Fourth Genre, and Bellevue Literary Review. She is currently the director of creative writing at Warren Wilson College, where she specializes in literary nonfiction and environmental writing.

 

The Residency will begin on Thursday evening, July 11, with registration and check-in. Workshops begin on Friday morning, July 12, and continue until the early afternoon of July 14. The Residency will also feature panel discussions and readings by faculty and attendees.

Registrants also will enjoy meals together and have the option of staying overnight in on-campus accommodations.

“The small class sizes and extended, intensive format of the Squire Summer Writing Residency makes it especially safe for writers to share their work, get to know other writers, and find inspiration,” NCWN executive director Ed Southern said.

Registration for the 2013 Squire Summer Writing Residency is open now on www.ncwriters.org.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dancin' Man by Mary Ann Claud

Lystra Books and Literary Services
14.95, paperback / $6.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9884164-9-9
April, 2014
Fiction
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

“Claud’s characters experience family dynamics with heartbreak and humor … No one who reads this book will fail to be moved by the dramatic resolutions.”
—Elizabeth Cox, author of The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love and The Slow Moon

“Mary Ann Claud has a peregrine eye for detail and an ear for truth telling dialogue.”
—Jon Buchan, author of Code of the Forest

The Dancin’ Man tells the story of a thoughtful, ambitious young man who marries into a fabled Southern textile family and becomes one of them … almost.

Mary Ann Claud has been a published writer for thirty years. Raised in Lancaster, SC, she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Converse College.

She has attended writing course at Duke and VCU, taught adult education courses in creative writing and Southern literature. She wrote a weekly front page column for the Hendersonville (NC) Times News. She lives in Tryon with her husband, Olin Sansbury.

 

Leah HamptonGREENVILLE, NC--Leah Hampton of Waynesville, NC, is the winner of the 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition for her story “The Saint.” Hampton will receive a prize of $250, and her story will be published in the North Carolina Literary Review’s 2013 issue.

Leah Hampton teaches English at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where she currently serves as the Associate Director of WCU's Writing and Learning Commons. She is a native North Carolinian and a longtime resident of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She lives in Waynesville with her husband Joel.

NCLR Fiction Editor Liza Wieland selected Hampton’s story from twelve finalists, saying “I chose 'The Saint' as winner of the 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize because I was moved by the quiet, deliberate voice in the story, as well as by the energy of the language. I was also impressed by the story’s experiment with chronology, its demonstration that grief can dismantle time and thus in some way make time useful to us. This is a story that is both disarmingly wise and breathtakingly beautiful.”

Eighty-nine stories were submitted to this year’s competition. Wieland also noted Ronald Jackson’s “The Shower,” Kathryn Lovatt’s “A Cure For Dreams,” and Gregg Cusick’s “Entanglement” for honorable mentions, each of whom is an NCWN member. Other finalists were NCWN members Leah Berkowitz and Kermit Turner, as well as Allison Reavis, Nancy Richard, Beth Hatcher, Faith Holsaert, Haley Edwards, and Susan Walker.

Read Liza Wieland's comments on the Honorable Mentions here.

"The past year has been full of surprises and learning experiences," said Hampton."My background is in technical writing, so I've always been rather shy about my creative side. Recently I'd been intensely focused on some challenging work-related writing projects, and I was feeling really burned out. I became determined to take some time for myself and finally submit this story, which had been on the back burner for some time. It felt so good to finish it, to feed that part of myself. I am so thrilled and fulfilled by this whole experience."

NCWN member Thomas Wolf of Chapel Hill won the 2011 Doris Betts Fiction Prize for his story, "Boundaries."

Published since 1992 by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the North Carolina Literary Review has won numerous awards and citations. Fiction editor Liza Wieland is the author of three novels and three collections of short stories.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Add Water by David R. Tanis

Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC
$12.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-8-1937327-40
February, 2014
Fiction: Mystery/Humor
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"Hamish O'Halloran, a lawyer in the 'Eden' of Pine Ridge, North Carolina, is an archetypal southern rounder who, despite his rather unconventional ways, and the string of misadventures that he triggers, is pretty hard not to like. In fact he's downright unforgettable. David Tanis knows his fictional hamlet and each and every one of his endearing and otherwise characters, and he by God knows every last molecule of a courtroom. Just Add Water, a decidedly picaresque novel, written in a conversational engaging manner, is vintage small-town hijinks at its best."
—Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate and Professor of English Appalachian State University

"David R. Tanis has an easy and comfortable writing style that brings vividly to life the small North Carolina town and the characters in his thriller so that they live for you. With twists and turns we follow a rather rumpled lawyer, Hamish O'Halloran, who appears to be bumbling along ineptly but managing to get things to go in his favor as he deals with a host if thugs who could take his life...unless he manages to pull off still another one of his unlikely successes."
—Joseph L.S. Terrell, author of Not Our Kind of Killing and other Harrison Weaver mysteries

"Follow Hamish O'Halloran, a clumsily claustrophobic, disheveled, small town lawyer, as he becomes trapped in a series of unwanted legal representations that leads to the thrilling unraveling of an extraordinary drug trafficking conspiracy in a completely unpredictable ending, Just Add Water is an excellent, compelling, and fun read. I challenge the most astute reader to guess the ending before the mystery of the street drug 'murti-bing' is revealed by the author."
—Henry ("Hank") P. Van Hoy, II, Attorney, Martin & Van Hoy, LLP, Mocksville, NC

Hamish O'Halloran, a tawdry, slack lawyer in a small North Carolina town, finds himself reluctantly appointed to a series of cases involving Murti-Bing, a new drug which renders its users automatons. He becomes obsessed with finding who is behind the epidemic, increasingly finding himself in dangerous situations, barely escaping with his life. Fast-paced with numerous humorous episodes, some of which are downright hilarious. A totally unexpected conclusion leaves the reader smiling.

David R. Tanis is a retired trial attorney with dozens of Federal Drug conspiracy trials. Former prosecutor and District Court Judge, thirty-two years of legal experience. Graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. Order of Barristers, Chief Justice Moot Court Board. President, Forsyth County Criminal Defense Lawyers. Former Green Beret. Seriously wounded in combat in Vietnam while serving as a Task Force Commander. Received Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Badge. Served as North Carolina Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, Chairman, Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities, Board of Directors, North West Forsyth Little League, Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Graduate of Lehigh University majoring in International Relations, starting Center on basketball team, Graduate studies in Political Science George Washington University Sino-Soviet Institute, East Carolina University. Fluent in French and German.

Tom Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On: A March from Private to Colonel by Tom Davis

Old Mountain Press
$20, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-931575-83-6
June, 2014
Memoir
Available from the publisher

Excerpt
We would RON (Rest Over Night) in the tree squares; I would set up a poncho, blow up my air mattress, and hang my body mosquito net under the poncho and over the air mattress. Then I would dig a body trench about a foot deep. Of course, the trench filled with water; but should we receive incoming, I could roll over into it, finding some protection. As daylight gave way to twilight, the ants left the scene to be replaced by mosquitoes. I have never seen anything like it. I could lie on my air mattress and watch the outside of my mosquito net turn darker as the infuriating little insects blocked out the twilight. I would tap the net with my finger and a hole of light would appear, then close up again as the mosquitoes returned.

In his memoir the author relates his experiences during the thirty-one years spent in the US Army, rising through the ranks from private to full colonel. Twenty of those years he served with US Army Special Forces (Green Berets). This book chronicles his time in three combat zones: Vietnam, Bosnia, and Iraq/Turkey. Included are his experiences commanding Special Forces Operational A Detachments which specialized in Underwater Operations, High Altitude Low Opening Parachuting, Mountaineering, and Small Atomic Demolitions Munitions as well as two Special Forces Battalions and a Joint Special Operations Task Force. Each chapter covers his duties and responsibilities at the Army Installation where he served. Some times funny. Some times sad. Always interesting.

Thomas (Tom) Hoyt Davis, III (AKA The Squid), holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Tom entered the Army as a private and retired as a full colonel. He spent twenty of his more than thirty years in the Army serving with Special Forces (Green Berets) on four continents and in ten foreign countries. He has worn a Green Beret at every rank from 2LT to Colonel and commanded at every level from Special Forces A Teams to a Joint Special Operations Task Force. The various A Teams he commanded specialized in Mountaineering, Underwater Operations, High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachute techniques, and Small Atomic Demolitions Munitions (SADM). In addition to the Army’s Command and General Staff College and Army War College, he has attended Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces, Underwater Operations (UWO), Danish Combat Swimmer, Special Forces Surface Swimmer Infiltration Technique Course, High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachute school, Small Atomic Demolitions Munitions (SADM) and others.

His short stories, articles, and poetry have been published in Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, ByLine, Georgia Athlete, The Saturday Extra (magazine section of the Fayetteville Observer), A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, and Special Warfare (a professional military journal published by the Special Warfare Center). Many of his short stories have received honors in writing contests sponsored by ByLine magazine. Other books by Tom include The Life and Times of Rip Jackson, The Patrol Order, and The R-complex.

Icy Shadows by Rob Robertson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Icy Shadows by Rob Roberston

Warren Publishing
$17.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9960506-9-2
April, 2014
Fiction: Crime
Available at your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Excerpt

"The agent knelt down to look at the surreal artificial simian and beheld one of the most bizarre sights he'd ever come across in his career as a law enforcer. No, it was not the goriest sight he had ever witnessed, nor was it the kind of thing that startles or repulses a person with a sudden, gut-wrenching jolt. Instead, it was the creepy little stuff of which childhood dreams are made, dreams of an ilk that can be filed away in the subconscious alongside evil clown faces, wicked dolls, and grotesque puppets coming to life, the sort of weirdness that slowly burns in one's soul, leaving behind a wrenching residue of tucked-away fears waiting to surface during an unplanned solitude."

Small, southern towns are known for their hospitality, fried foods, and eccentric citizens. Set against the backdrop of the hip and happening '70s, Rob Robertson's first book in the Jet Jericho series packs a wallop of a mystery.

In a community of small-town farmers, SBI Agent Jet Jericho sticks out like an atheist at a Baptist barbeque with his expensive car and tailored suits. Someone has brutally murdered a beloved citizen in Icy Springs. Jericho is assigned to the case and the flashy, cheeseburger-loving outsider finds it's not so easy working with local law enforcement or the bizarre residents of Icy Springs.

With a pack of Kool cigarettes as his only lead amidst the surreal ramblings of Icy Springs' resident eyewitnesses, Jericho must get the killer before the killer gets him.

Robertson describes the novel as a quirky twist on crime drama: "A novel of mystery and intrigue laced with action and spiced with equal doses of humor and romance."

Icy Shadows is the first in a series called The Jericho Trilogy. Robertson has begun work on the sequel, The Blue People, to be followed by Gin!.

Dr. Rob Robertson is an author, educator, musician, and researcher. Having won numerous awards as an educator, Robertson was one of a handful of pioneers in the field of gerontological music. Being a concert pianist and former master of gymnastic stunts, Rob considers himself a "Renaissance man." He currently resides in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Devil's Oath by j g sauls

Robbins Hunt
$16.00, paperback / $5.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-937921064
March, 2014
Fiction: Crime
Available at your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Praise for Volume I: "The Magician's Secrets is a strikingly ambitious debut novel that delivers the real goods—compelling readability, sharply realized characters, a watchspring-tight plot, the perils and pleasures of memory, the burden of guilt, and the promise of redemption. The real magician here is j g sauls, and that is a secret that no reader will be able to keep for long."
—Keith Ferrell, New York Times bestselling author of History Decoded and Passing Judgment, former Editor-In-Chief, OMNI magazine

"Devil's Oath combines realistic love and the right amount of action with some great twists and turns. He paints a picture of the FBI from his own experience as an agent and 'it ain't your father's FBI.' I love strong female characters with wit and confidence and we have two of them here with surprising story lines, and I love the dialogue between the male and female characters. If I had the money, I'd option the entire trilogy for a series of films like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and I haven't yet read the third book of the trilogy, but it's on my wish list for summer."
—Peter J. Mclaughlin, author of Feedback Revolution and Catchfire

In this eagerly anticipated second volume of the Rob Hanson Trilogy, Agent Hanson, having escaped FBI purgatory, returns to investigative duties. But it appears he's been groomed by management for failure. His investigation into a massive fraud is impeded by a lawyer's apparent suicide, but a disabled child claims to have witnessed the lawyer's murder. Characteristically uncompromising, Hanson pursues a controversial solution that may end his career.

j g sauls is a native of North Carolina, and has lived there except when the FBI stubbornly required him to be elsewhere. Author of The Magician's Secrets, Devil's Oath, and Double Feature Boy (which will be released in June, 2014), he is currently at work on Devil's Conquest, the concluding volume of the Rob Hanson trilogy.

Tate Publishing
$16.99, paperback / $13.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-62854-190-8
April, 2014
Fiction: Romance / Historical
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Marjan is the daughter of the Kashvili chieftain, the most powerful man in their province in Persia. Beautiful and educated, she was married at age nine to a rich merchant who is absent for months at a time. When he does return, his obligation to his two other wives keep him away from Marjan, leaving her sad and lonely.

Russ is a British Christian missionary doctor stationed in Shiraz just as World War II is breaking out. He is a handsome man with golden hair and green eyes, which catches the attention of many women. Thirty-five years and single, Russ wants something more than the love of God and the satisfaction of helping people achieve health.

When Marjan and Russ meet, desire surges through each of them. In spite of all the obstacles between them—his deep Christian beliefs, her married life, the different cultures they grow up in, and the fact that they could be stoned to death for engaging in an affair—they fall in love.

After a religious cleric discovers their affair, a mob of fundamentalists breaks into Russ’s car and threaten not only their love but their lives.

Maryam Tabibzadeh was born in Darab, Pars, Persia (known as Iran). After receiving her master’s degree from Shiraz University and moving to the United States, she attended Sunny Binghamton to further her education. For the past twenty years Maryam has written short novels and poems in Persian, which have been published locally. She now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press 53
$14.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-941209-04-2
May, 2014
Fiction: Country Noir
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"Almost all Taylor Brown’s stories are family dramas, stories of blood and kinship, betrayal, and conflicted loyalties. Set sometimes in the past, other times in the present or future, and told with verve in a fresh and memorable voice, these stories reward the reader with surprise, authenticity, and the mystery of human connection."
—Robert Morgan, author of The Road from Gap Creek and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee

"With ferocious economy and a great big heart, Taylor Brown writes one of the best debuts I've ever picked up. These are stories, verses, meditations, and accusations—everything, in short, you could hope to get from important fiction.This work demands your attention."
—Charles Dodd White, author of A Shelter of Others and Sinners of Sanction County

“Taylor Brown’s prose is stark but electric; it grabs you by the shoulders and the heart, and doesn’t let go. The signing of this collection is a cause for celebration for Press 53 and our readers.”
—Christine Norris, Fiction Editor, Press 53

In his debut story collection, In the Season of Blood and Gold, author Taylor Brown presents the reader with twelve stories told "with ferocious economy and a great big heart" (Charles Dodd White). These are stories of bootleggers and poachers, outlaws and alligator wrestlers, set in the hills and coasts of the American South, written in prose that's been called "stark but electric" (Christine Norris).

In "Rider," winner of the 2009 Montana Prize in Fiction, game wardens catch a poacher red-handed with his kill: geese for Christmas supper. In "Kingdom Come," a finalist for the 2010 Press 53 Open Awards, a young moonshiner is pursued by the McEvoy clan, a family of notorious outlaws hell-bent on vengeance. In "The Tattooist's Daughter," first published in The Coachella Review, a successful tattoo artist parries blows from her disapproving mother. And in "The Vizsla," a young gun-dog trainer must decide whether to save his abusive, alcoholic father from a savage beating.

Robert Morgan calls these "stories of blood and kinship," told "with verve in a fresh and memorable voice."

Taylor Brown's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Chautauqua, The Baltimore Review, The New Guard Review, BULL, CutBank, The Coachella Review, storySouth, and many others. He won the 2009 Montana Prize in Fiction, and he's been a finalist for the Machigonne Fiction Contest and Doris Betts Fiction Prize. His story collection, In the Season of Blood and Gold, was published by Press 53 in 2014. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and his website is www.taylorbrownfiction.com. You can follow him on Twitter @taybrown.

Color and Conversation by Beebe Barksdale-Bruner

Willow Manor Press
$0.99, e-book
ASIN: B00CJC6J5W
2013
Photography/Poetry
Available at www.Amazon.com

"In stunning photographs and a few lines of text that are at times brooding and lonely, often fanciful, yet always hopeful, Beebe Barksdale-Bruner demonstrates how simple objects cast a long shadow."—Nancy Pinard

Selected photographs with poems written for the photos.

Beebe Barksdale-Bruner's latest work, Color and Conversation, combines poetry and photography. She has one poetry book in print: It Comes to Me Loosely Woven (Press 53). Her poems, paintings, and photography have won awards and been published in books, journals, and anthologies. She has a BFA in painting and an MFA in poetry. Photography website at Fine Art America: beebe-barksdalebruner.artistwebsites.com.

 

Margaret A. Harrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep This Quiet! III: Initiations by Margaret A. Harrell

Saeculum University Press
$17.95, paperback / $4.95, e-book
ISBN: 978-0983704560 (pb) / 978-0983704577 (e-book)
March, 2014
Memoir: Mind-Body-Spirit
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"Margaret Harrell’s Keep This Quiet! III best demonstrates a journey of self and personal transformation through Jungian study for an already self-aware seeker. As a practicing Reiki master, I received a great deal of insight from Harrell’s spiritual study, as well as her ability to connect patterns and puns (Watergate/Flood Gate) with both humor and reverence."
—Alice Osborn, author of After the Steaming Stops

“I thought the whole series was remarkable, original, and transcendent!”
—Russell D. Park, board-certified transpersonal psychologist, co-author of The Power of Humility

“I’m reading it NOW! I’ve got my highlighter and am really appreciating the depth of Margaret’s initiation and how much she did for her spiritual emergence!! I thank her for writing it for me and the world!”
—Jonette Crowley, author of The Eagle and the Condor and Soul Body Fusion

"Jung and Pauli . . . Courageously, competently Harrell guided this reader through mazes of scientific exploration, all the while keeping her engaging 'anima' voice as lure to read on."
—Puanani Harvey, Advanced Studies Coordinator, New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts

"Margaret has done an amazing job witnessing for us all the deep path of walking with the Self. She has presented this information, while weaving the amazing discovery of the multi-layers of psychology and the depth the journey revealed."
—Jyoti, Spiritual Director, Center for Sacred Studies

"The information on the universal nature of each soul offers a good potential to remove some of the barriers or veils between otherwise divergent ways of thinking and believing. I'm glad Margaret is 'putting this out there.'"
—Al Miner, author (with Lama Sing) of Seed Thoughts and other books of esoteric philosophy and metaphysics

"I could feel a welling form in my chest . . . An emotional surge was building, I was sure of it. I had no intention of heading it off. I was into this book for the duration."
—Martin Flynn, owner of www.hstbooks.org

Keep This Quiet! III: Initiations begins in the C. G. Jung Institute Zurich, where Margaret was enrolled in 1984. She is headed for a big initiation there, which she narrates for us—showing how initiations are life-transforming. Notably, she also dives into the debate between physicist Wolfgang Pauli and psychiatrist Carl Jung about how science/matter and psyche/spirit/synchronicity emerge from a unified psychophysical realm. Dreams lend assistance, as do the brilliant Jung-Pauli letters. Exercises in the back offer practical help in how to work with energy.

The author of eight books in the Love in Transition: Voyage of Ulysses - Letters to Penelope nonfiction series, Harrell copy edited Hunter Thompson's first book, Hell's Angels, at Random House. HST acknowledged her in Gonzo Letters 2. She is the author of the new memoir series, Keep This Quiet! and is also an editor, cloud photographer, and mentor to people trying to maximize their potential. In this mentoring process she teaches human potential in courses in the light body. Her website is www.hunterthompsonnewbook.com.

 

Michael Gaspeny

GREENSBORO, NC–Michael Gaspeny, the winner of the 2012 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, was as a college freshman inspired by Jarrell himself.

“At Randolph-Macon in 1961, I was prepared to stay awake long enough to respond to my name on the roll when my teacher brought a guest to class, Randall Jarrell. We had to be told who he was. He read Frost's poem ‘The Witch of Coos’ and spoke about its glories with such eloquence that the louts in that class were stunned by his brilliance,” Gaspeny said. “So this award has a special shine for me, and maybe a little redemption.”

Gaspeny’s poem “Shore Drive” was picked by judge Maria Hummel out of more than 100 entries. “It's hard to say what I liked more about this poem: the surprising and tender characterizations of speaker and subject or its gorgeous, slant-rhyming musicality,” Hummel wrote. “I also admire how the poem's syntax moved from complexity to a painful, candid simplicity, and the end sent me back to the beginning to appreciate it all over again.”

Gaspeny will receive a $200 prize from the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the contest’s sponsor, and his winning poem will be considered for publication in the literary journal The Crucible. Gaspeny is a poet and fiction writer living in Greensboro. His work has appeared in Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature, Cave Wall, and Main Street Rag. He won the O. Henry Festival Short Story competition in 1998. For many years, he reviewed books for the Greensboro News & Record. A former reporter and retired High Point University professor, Gaspeny has also received the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence for his work with hospice. He’s married to the novelist and essayist Lee Zacharias; they have two sons, Al and Max.

Hummel also named “My Kitchen” by Sandra Ann Winters and “Then Wear the Gold Hat If That Will Move Her” by Dannye Romine Powell as runners-up.

Maria HummelCurrently teaching at Stanford University, Hummel is the author of the novel Wilderness Run (St. Martin's) and the chapbook City of the Moon (Harperprints). Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Poetry, The Missouri Review, New England Review, Narrative, and Creative Nonfiction. Her awards include the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award (2009), runner-up for The Iowa Review Creative Nonfiction Prize (2010), and a Pushcart Prize (2011). This year, she is coordinating and teaching in the Creative Nonfiction program at Stanford University.

This year’s preliminary judge was David Bruzina, whose poems have appeared in a number of literary journals and magazines including storySouth, The Greensboro Review, and Waccamaw. He received his Ph.D in creative writing from Ohio University and teaches reading, writing, and rhetoric at the University of South Carolina - Aiken.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years. The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy and the graduate program in creative writing at UNCG, and is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Visit www.ncwriters.org for more information on this and other contests.

 

Kathryn Stripling ByerSOUTHERN PINES – Bestselling poet and memoirist Maya Angelou, former state Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer (right), and 18th-Century explorer and naturalist John Lawson will be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame this fall.

The induction ceremony will be 2:00 pm, Sunday, October 14, at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines, where the NCLHOF is housed. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

In addition to the three new inductees, the NCLHOF has launched a new website, www.nclhof.org, with expanded multimedia resources on the fifty North Carolina writers currently enshrined.

Maya Angelou is the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, whose faculty she joined in 1982. A celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist, Angelou is perhaps best known for her 1970 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration, and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Lincoln Medal, three Grammy Awards, and more than thirty honorary degrees.

Dr. Edwin G. Wilson, Provost Emeritus at Wake Forest University, will present Angelou for induction, and accept the induction on her behalf. Poet Jaki Shelton Green, the Triangle’s first Piedmont Laureate, will read Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” in her honor.

Kathryn Stripling Byer served as North Carolina’s Poet Laureate—the first woman to serve in that role—from 2005 to 2009. She has published six books of poetry, with a seventh due from the Louisiana State University Press this fall, and taught for many years at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Byer and her work have won the AWP Award, the Roanoke-Chowan Award, the Brockman-Campbell Award, the SIBA Book of the Year Award in poetry, fellowships from the National Endowment for Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Hanes Award in Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Sally Buckner—herself a noted poet, editor, and advocate for North Carolina literature—will present Byer for induction. Bestselling novelist and fellow NCLHOF inductee Lee Smith will read Byer’s poem “Mountain Time.”

John Lawson Captured by IndiansJohn Lawson came to the Carolina colony in 1700, appointed by the Lords Proprietors to survey the colony’s interior. Setting out from Charleston on December 28, Lawson covered about 550 miles in fifty-nine days, ending his journey near Bath on the Pamlico River. His observations on the topography, flora and fauna, and native peoples were published in England in 1709 with the title A New Voyage to Carolina, considered “the first significant effort to describe the natural history and the natives” of North Carolina and North America, and “a classic of early American literature.” Lawson was also one of the founders of New Bern, and was the first casualty of the 1711 Tuscarora War.

Lawson will be presented for induction by noted nature writer Phillip Manning. Danny Bell, the Program Coordinator for the curriculum in American Indian Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, will read an excerpt from A New Voyage to Carolina. Kay Williams, the executive director of Tryon Palace in New Bern, will accept the induction on Lawson’s behalf.

The NCLHOF was founded in 1996, under the leadership of poet laureate Sam Ragan, and is a program of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Since 2008, the Network and the Weymouth Center collaborate with the North Carolina Center for the Book, the North Carolina Humanities Council, and the North Carolina Collection of the Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill to produce the induction ceremony and to promote the NCLHOF and North Carolina’s literary heritage.

 

Pat MacEnultyCHARLOTTE – Registration is now closed for the 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 19–22 at Queens University of Charlotte.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency was open only to the first fifty registrants, who chose from one of the following workshops: Creative Nonfiction with Pat MacEnulty, Poetry with Morri Creech, or Fiction with Robert Inman.

“The Squire Summer Writing Residency has become one of our most beloved programs,” NCWN executive director Ed Southern said. “It’s the most effective at forming close bonds between writers from across the state.”

The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre, with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own writing, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor.

MacEnulty’s most recent book, Wait Until Tomorrow: A Daughter's Memoir, was nominated for the 2012 SIBA Nonfiction Book Award. She has also published four novels, a short-story collection, a children's play, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews. She is an Associate Professor of English at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, where she teaches creative writing, journalism, and film.

Morri CreechCreech is the Writer in Residence at Queens University of Charlotte, where he teaches courses in both the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program and in the Low-Residency M.F.A. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Paper Cathedrals (Kent State University Press, 2001) and Field Knowledge, which received the Anthony Hecht Poetry prize and was nominated for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Poet’s Prize. His third book, The Sleep of Reason, is forthcoming in 2013.

Robert InmanInman is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who in 1996 left a thirty-one-year career in television journalism, much of it as the lead anchor for WBTV in Charlotte, to devote himself full-time to fiction writing. He is the author of four novels, and his fifth novel, The Governor’s Lady, will be published later this year. He has also written seven produced plays for the stage, and the screenplays for six motion pictures for television.

In addition to the workshops, the 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency will feature a panel discussion on publishing and bookselling, a “Writingest State” trivia contest, and readings by faculty and registrants. Attendees take meals together, and are encouraged—but not required—to stay in guest rooms that will be set aside for this conference.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is named in honor of the late Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire, whose support made the residency possible.

More information about the Squire Summer Writing Residency can be found at www.ncwriters.org, or by calling 336-293-8844.

Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina compiled and edited by Jack J. Prather

Future Now Publishing
$29.95 (hardcover) / $19.95 (paperback)
May, 2012
Nonfiction
Available from the publisher

"Prather takes a fascinating look at people living the American dream by relating personal and career journeys in a fine book for everyone, not just those with historical interest."
--Bruce Chadwick, Biographer and Columnist

"This book is not only thoroughly enjoyable, it promotes the quality of life and strong business and professional spirit obviously prevalent in Western North Carolina."
--Douglas Laird, former County Chamber President

"Rev. Dan Matthews is one of the kindest and most empathetic people I've met, has unusual wisdom and depth, and is a constant source of support. He's a mixture of Spencer Tracy and Jack Lemmon, and I love his mischievous grin!"
--Katie Couric, ABC-TV

Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina is a collection of mini-biographies featuring compelling life journeys as told to author Jack J. Prather. Each comprehensive bio includes career and life highlights, writings by and about the Notable, and moving testimonials from such luminaries as Katie Couric, Doc Watson, former NC Gov. Jim Hunt, NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshal and NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Exum. At 400 pages in length and featuring an astonishing 133 photos it is safe to say that Jack has genuinely captured the true essence of each and every one of these Notables.

The Twelve Notables:

  • Rev. Dr. Dan Matthews, O.B.E. - Waynesville (Priest at Ground Zero on 9-11 / Recipient Order of the British Empire)
  • Musician David Holt - Fairview (Grammy winning Musician-Storyteller / PBS-TV and NPR-Radio Hostf)
  • Captain Ray F. West, Jr., USNR, Ret. - Flat Rock (Moldova World Childrens Fund Founder / UNCA Distinguished Alumnus)
  • Judge Harry C. Martin – Biltmore Forest (Former NC and Cherokee Supreme Court Justice / Honorary Cherokee)
  • Olson Huff, MD, FAAP - Black Mountain (Founding Medical Director of Mission Children’s Hospital, Asheville)
  • Glenis Redmond – Asheville (Hall of Fame Performance Poet / Kennedy Center Teaching Artist)
  • Douglas M. Orr, Ph.D. – Black Mountain (President Emeritus Warren Wilson College / Author / Musician)
  • Billie Ruth Sudduth – Bakersville (Basket Artist / Smithsonian Collection / 1st Female NC Living Treasure)
  • Matthew J. Hayes, M.D. - Hendersonville (Pioneer of National Emergency Medical Services / ACEP Fellow)
  • Joe Epley, APR - Tryon (Global Public Relations Leader / UNC Journalism School Hall of Fame)
  • Richard Ritter – Bakersville (Glass Artist / NC Living Treasure 2011 / Governor’s Award as Fire Chief)
  • Julyan Davis - Asheville (Southern Art Oil Painter / Galleries on East-West Coasts and Europe)

 

Jack J. Prather is a multiple award-winning journalist, freelance fiction and nonfiction writer and poet, and the author of six diverse books. He is a member of the North Carolina Writers' Network and Netwest.

Summer of Wolves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer of the Wolves by Lisa Williams Kline

Zondervan
$10.99, hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-310-72613-5
May, 2012
Young Adult Fiction
Available at your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe ... "I smelled the wolf now--sharp and musky. I scanned the pen and saw a shadow behind one of the bushes that might be another wolf. Probably two of the most miserable looking creatures I'd ever seen."

Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters. The girls 'pretend' to like each other, but it's pretty hard considering they are complete opposites. When their new family takes their first-ever vacation to a horse ranch in North Carolina, not even long horse-back rides in the forest can tame their tempers. Diana's anger issues and Stephanie's fear of everything prove disastrous, until Diana discovers the caged wolves in the deep woods. She vows to free them, and surprisingly, Stephanie agrees to help. But their actions have unforeseen consequences, and if there's any chance to make things right, Stephanie and Diana must put their differences aside.

 

Wild Horse Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Horse Spring by Lisa Williams Kline

Zondervan
$10.99, hardcover
ISBN: 978-0310726159
May, 2012
Young Adult Fiction
Available at your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

For once Stephanie and Diana want the same thing. That's the problem. Diana and Stephanie are still trying to decide if they like each other when their blended family goes to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for spring break. They're headed in opposite directions--Diana is crazy about the wild horses and Stephanie is crazy about the boys---until one guy catches both their interests. Soon they're butting heads--again. But when their crush is accused of committing a crime against the horses, can the stepsisters band together to prove his innocence?

Lisa Williams Kline is the author of Floods, The Princesses of Atlantis, Write Before Your Eyes, and Eleanor Hill, winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Her stories for children have appeared in Cricket, Cicada, Spider, and Odyssey. She earned her MFA from Queens University. Lisa lives in Mooresville, North Carolina, with her veterinarian husband, where their grown daughters visit frequently. In addition to writing, Lisa has also been a tongue-tied disc jockey, a radio copywriter, a zoned-out waitress, and a disorganized but trustworthy veterinary hospital office manager. Recently she learned to drive a forklift. Now she is an editor, writer, and English teacher. Lisa enjoys reading, running, watching movies, kayaking, and playing golf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code of the Forest: A Novel by Jon Buchan

Joggling Board Press
$24.95, hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-9841073-5-3
May, 2012
Fiction
Available from the publisher

“Smart characters appear at every turn of the story.... The book also recognizes the beauty of a fragile ecosystem and the connections between personal and national histories. It celebrates the quiet crusader who believes ‘The truth shall set you free.’ [Buchan’s] knowledge of history, geography, and small-town life in coastal South Carolina permeates the prose. ”
--ForeWord Reviews

Code of the Forest is a novel that, once begun, is nearly impossible to put down. Jon Buchan tells a story filled with drama and compelling characters, including the ruthless but charismatic Senator Buck Ravenel, a villain you will love to hate. Jon Buchan is a gifted storyteller, and this book should gain him a large and appreciative audience.”
--Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author

“Jon Buchan drops you into a story of smart journalists and lawyers having to make tough decisions. There’s a little romance, a lot of natural beauty and many cold beverages. Find a comfortable chair. Once you start this book, you won’t be getting up anytime soon.”
--Tommy Tomlinson, columnist, The Charlotte Observer

When Wade McNabb, publisher of the Georgetown Pilot, exposes high-level political corruption surrounding a chemical plant on the South Carolina coast, a powerful senator, steeped in the ancient code of the state’s insider politics, threatens to bring down McNabb and his newspaper.

Wade turns for help to Kate Stewart, a young lawyer who has left a large law firm for a fresh start on her own in Georgetown. These two fiercely independent souls form a wary alliance for the legal battle that follows. It’s a fight that shows them the power of connections–good and bad–to change their lives forever.

Jon Buchan, a First Amendment attorney and former newspaper political reporter, drew on his expert knowledge to produce Code of the Forest, a legal drama that, in the words of New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash, is “nearly impossible to put down.” An authoritative voice with an insider’s understanding of Southern politics, Buchan takes readers into the courtrooms, newsrooms, and political backrooms of the South Carolina Lowcountry in this tale of corruption and quest for human connection. His website is www.jon-buchan.com.

Southern (dis)Comfort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Discomfort by Heather Daughtridge

Aberdeen Bay
$15.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-60830-080-8
May, 2012
Fiction
Available where books are sold and at www.Amazon.com

At thirty-five, Samantha London must reevaluate her entire life when she uncovers the secrets that her newly deceased grandmother desperately tried to hide. Lost and confused, Sam desperately attempts to put together the pieces of her past that could derail her perfectly planned future with her endearing husband and story-book two children.

Sam and Matt’s marriage and family don’t just seem perfect, they are perfect. Or at least that’s what Sam thought. As Sam begins the journey of closing her grandmother’s estate and parsing through her final belongings, Sam is faced with reevaluating her past as well as future.

A ghost from long ago appears at Sam’s wedding boutique, je t’aime, not as a visitor but as a customer. As pieces from the past begin to unfold, Sam realizes this encounter with her prior lover and best friend are not happenstance. As secrets are revealed and the past is uncovered, Sam must face that her beloved Grandmother is no longer alive to pull her to the surface.

While Matt pursues a professorship opportunity in Savannah, Sam must decide if her heart will move with her if they relocate to Georgia. Her experiences as established business owner, PTA volunteer of the year, and fixer of all boo boo’s, never prepared her for the discovery and heartache that would be coming next.

Heather is a native North Carolinian and currently resides in Raleigh with her husband and two children. She holds the position of Director of Development at an Episcopal private school. Southern Discomfort is Heather’s first novel. Visit her website at www.heathersnovelty.com.

Three Times Lucky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin
$16.99, hardcover
ISBN: 978-0803736702
May, 2012
Young Adult Fiction
Available at local bookstores or www.Amazon.com

"Here is a writer who has never met a metaphor or simile she couldn't put to good use. Miss Lana's voice is 'the color of sunlight in maple syrup,' while '[r]umors swirl around the Colonel like ink around an octopus.' But it's Mo's wry humor that makes this first novel completely memorable."
--Publisher's Weekly

“Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children’s fiction.”
--Kirkus Reviews

Meet Miss Moses LoBeau, rising sixth grader, borderline straight-A student, and natural born detective. Mo, a “possible orphan” who washed into Tupelo Landing NC the day she was born, looks forward to a lazy summer. She’ll take karate with her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, continue her search for her long-lost mother, and help out at the café operated by the Colonel and Miss Lana-–the good-hearted but quirky folks who took her in when she was a baby.

But when the café’s crankiest customer turns up dead and a city-slick lawman comes to town, Mo’s life in Tupelo Landing turns upside down. Mo and Dale set out to solve the murder and protect the people they love, and end up solving the mysteries of their own lives in the process.

Three Times Lucky, for ages 10 and up, has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist. It’s a Junior Library Guild selection, a SIBA “Okra Pick,” and a recommended children’s book on Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com for the month of May.

Sheila Turnage lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, a blind dog and an ill-tempered cat.

A native North Carolinian, she's spent most of her life surrounded by the poetry and humor of rural NC. She writes books, articles and poems, and enjoys writing about the South in general and NC in particular. Her books include Compass American Guides: North Carolina and Haunted Inns of the Southeast.

Three Times Lucky is her first novel for kids. It's set in the fictitious town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina--population 148 minus one (murder).

Connect with Sheila on Facebook, or on her website.

The Hilton New Bern/RiverfrontNEW BERN – Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 14-17 at the Hilton Riverfront in New Bern.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is open only to the first fifty registrants, who can choose one of the following workshops: Creative Nonfiction with Virginia Holman; Poetry with Peter Makuck; or Fiction with Liza Wieland.

“The Squire Summer Writing Residency has become one of our most beloved programs,” NCWN executive director Ed Southern said. “It’s most effective at forming close bonds between writers from across the state, which is what the Network is here to do.”

This year the Residency has been extended from three days to four, with two additional workshop sessions and an extra evening program.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre, with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor.

Holman is the author of Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad, which was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Authors Selection and a Boston Globe Recommended Read. Holman has also published essays and articles in DoubleTake Magazine, Redbook, Women's Health, Prevention, Glamour, Self, O Magazine, More, Book Magazine, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hartford Courant, and numerous other publications. She teaches in the creative writing program at UNC Wilmington.

The InnMakuck’s collection Long Lens: New & Selected Poems, released in 2010, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has also published two collections of short stories, Breaking and Entering and Costly Habits; the latter was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Founder and editor of Tar River Poetry from 1978 to 2006, he is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus at East Carolina University. His poems and stories, essays and reviews have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Hudson Review, Poetry, The Sewanee Review, The North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Nation, among others.

Wieland has published three novels (The Names of the Lost, Bombshell, and A Watch of Nightingales); three collections of short fiction (Discovering America, You Can Sleep While I Drive, and the new book Quickening); as well as a book of poems (Near Alcatraz). She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council, and has won two Pushcart Prizes. She teaches at East Carolina University, where she is the fiction editor at The North Carolina Literary Review, and lives near Oriental.

The Stanly HouseIn addition to the workshops, the 2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency will feature a panel discussion on publishing and bookselling, and readings by faculty and registrants. Attendees take meals together, and are encouraged—but not required—to stay in guest rooms that will be set aside for this conference.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is named in honor of the late Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire, whose support made the residency possible.

More information about the Squire Summer Writing Residency can be found at www.ncwriters.org or by calling 336-293-8844.

 

NORTH CAROLINA—Thomas Wolf of Chapel Hill is the winner of the 2011 Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition for his story "Boundaries." Wolf will receive a prize of $250 from the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and his story will be published in the North Carolina Literary Review’s 2012 issue.

Wolf is a previous Doris Betts Fiction Prize winner, and his 2007 winning story “Distance” appears in the 2008 issue of NCLR. He has an MFA in Fiction Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He and his wife, Patricia L. Bryan, co-authored Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America’s Heartland (Algonquin Books, 2005), a nonfiction narrative about a now century-old Iowa murder case.

NCLR Fiction Editor Liza Wieland selected Wolf’s 2011 submission, saying, “The impressive power of the winning story, ‘Boundaries,’ comes from the quiet longing with which it is told. The tone is acutely reasonable, the perfect foil for the act of violence at the story’s center. The narrator’s tangential relationship to this act allows him to peer more and more closely into the lives of those involved and finally feel beautifully and horribly touched by it: ‘I wonder,’ he says, ‘how it feels to be loved like that.’ ‘Boundaries’ shows us quite brilliantly the truth of Faulkner’s notion of the past—that it is never dead, and not even past.”

Wieland named a second place finisher in this year’s competition: Joseph Cavano’s “The Honey Wagon.” Of this story she says, “I admire ‘The Honey Wagon’ for the consistency and authenticity of its narrative voice and the way that voice guides the reader through a complicated progress of responses. We follow him from humor and happiness to uncertainly and finally to the complex world of adult knowledge and deception. It’s remarkable to see a voice grow up in this way, to change subtly but surely and gracefully in the course of twenty pages. I ache for this narrator.” Born in upstate New York, Cavano currently lives in Charlotte. He was a lso a finalist for last year’s Doris Betts Fiction Prize.

This year’s competition received nearly 100 entries. Of the 9 finalists, Wieland also noted for Honorable Mention "You Never Know Who's Watching You" by Gwendolyn Bikis, "Falling Through Chairs" by Carol Cooley, “Jump” by Doris Iarovici, and "The Yellow Forsythia" by Sandra Lunsford Mason. Other finalists were “Yang Rising” by Kathryn Etters Lovatt, “The Cops” by Bernard Lumpkin, and “Life Choices” by Sarah Meyer.

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network and managed by the editorial staff of the North Carolina Literary Review. Published since 1992 by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, NCLR has won numerous awards and citations. Fiction Editor Liza Wieland is the author of three novels and four collections of short stories.

A two-year subscription to NCLR will include the 2011 issue, featuring the winning story from the 2010 Betts competition, as well as the 2012 issue, featuring stories from this year’s competition. Subscribe by June 1 to avoid postage charges.

Dannye Romaine PowellGREENSBORO, NC – Charlotte Observer writer Dannye Romine Powell has won the 2011 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for her poem “I Am the Girl.”

Poet and editor Dan Albergotti chose Powell’s poem from close to 100 entries.

“I love how this deceptively simple poem navigates what is actually highly complex at the level of syntax, temporality, perspective, and emotion,” Albergotti said. “It's a poem strongly driven by voice and idea, but it doesn't neglect the necessity of image: the high window, the spring breezes, the brown dress and ivory beads, and the wonderfully surprising peach of the final line. There may be only one sentence here, but it magically reveals a lifetime in a way that only poetry can.”

Powell will receive a $200 prize from the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the contest’s sponsor, and her winning poem will be considered for publication in the literary journal The Crucible.

Powell has written for the Charlotte Observer since 1975, in various capacities, including book editor, feature writer, metro columnist, and restaurant reviewer. She has twice won the Brockman-Campbell Award for the best book of poetry by a North Carolinian published in the preceding year. Her poems are forthcoming from Prairie Schooner and the Tampa Review. Her latest collection is A Necklace of Bees (2008, University of Arkansas Press). She is also the author of Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers.

Albergotti also named “From Dry Seed Casings” by Mary Jo Amani as runner-up, and poems by Terri Kirby Erickson, Maureen Sherbondy, and Nancy Martin Young as honorable mentions.

A graduate of the MFA program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, Albergotti currently teaches creative writing and literature c ourses and edits the online journal Waccamaw at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. He is the author of The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008), selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.

The preliminary judge for this year’s contest was Amanda Rutstein, a former poetry editor for The Greensboro Review. She is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at UNCG, where she teaches courses in literature and poetry writing.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years. The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy and the graduate program in creative writing at UNCG, and is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Visit www.ncwriters.org for more information on this and other contests.

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The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

RALEIGH, NC—Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2010 Squire Summer Writing Residency, to be held July 23–25 on the campus of Peace College in downtown Raleigh.

Zelda Lockhart

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is open only to the first fifty registrants, who can choose one of the following workshops: Fiction with Zelda Lockhart, Creative Nonfiction with Elaine Orr, or Poetry with David Rigsbee.

“The Squire Summer Writing Residency has become one of our most beloved programs,” NCWN executive director Ed Southern said. “It’s the most effective at forming close bonds between writers from across the state, which is what the Network is here to do.”

“I found an open, welcoming community of people who immediately accept anyone who has a desire to write,” said NCWN member Karen Landis Price, who attended the 2009 Squire Summer Writing Residency. “Everyone is received equally as a peer.”

Ivy Rutledge, another 2009 residency participant, said, “The entire group brought a sense of community to my writing that I hadn't had before.”

The NCWN’s Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre, with eight hour-and-a-half sessions over the three days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor.

Elaine OrrLockhart is author of the novels Fifth Born and Cold Running Creek, as well as the forthcoming Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle. She is the 2010 Piedmont Laureate for the Triangle and surrounding areas.

Orr is an award-winning professor of literature and creative writing at North Carolina State University. She was born and grew up in southwestern Nigeria. Her memoir, Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life, was a BookSense selection and nominated for the Old State Award and the SEBA Book Award in creative nonfiction.

Rigsbee is the author of eighteen books and chapbooks. His latest books, The Red Tower: New & Selected Poems and The Pilot House, will be published in the fall of 2010. Winner of the 2010 Black River Poetry Prize, the Pound Prize, and the Vachel Lindsay Award, he has also been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Academy of American Poets. He is a 2010 winner of the Sam Ragan Award for contribution to the arts in North Carolina.

David  RigsbeeIn addition to the workshops, the 2010 Squire Summer Writing Residency will feature a panel discussion on publishing and bookselling, and readings by faculty and registrants. Attendees take meals together on campus, and are encouraged—but not required—to stay in Peace College campus housing that will be set aside for this conference.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is named in honor of the late Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire, whose support made the residency possible. The North Carolina Arts Council, Peace College, and the Josephus Daniels Charitable Fund have also provided support for this year’s residency.

More information about the Squire Summer Writing Residency can be found at www.ncwriters.org, or by calling 336-293-8844.

GREENSBORO, NC—Rebecca Warren, a retired teacher from Greensboro, has won the 2010 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Acclaimed poet and publisher Rhett Iseman Trull chose Warren’s poem “Grass Bridge” from close to one hundred entries.

“‘Grass Bridge’ is a gently powerful poem. The voice is clear and melodic, the details vivid. The images speak to each other, creating layers of meaning that unfold throughout the poem,” Trull said. “This is a beautiful poem about diligence, connection, work, and love.”

Warren will receive a $200 prize from the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and her winning poem will be considered for publication in the literary journal the Crucible.

Warren, a native of Edenton, has lived in Greensboro since 1979. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Southern Poetry Review, International Poetry Review, and other magazines and anthologies. Her poem “Chalk” won the Guy Owen Prize for 2000. In 2009, her poem “In the Neighborhood of Fire” won North Carolina State University’s Brenda L. Smart Prize for Poetry, and her poem “Doorway” was awarded the Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize. Her chapbook, Prayers for Someone Else, was the 2002 winner of the Ruah/Power of Poetry award. She is a certified healing touch practitioner, and also a volunteer at Greensboro’s Women’s Hospital, where she works with babies in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Poets selected for honorable mention were Lynn Veach Sadler, Dannye Romine Powell, and Jeff Miles.

Rhett Iseman Trull's first book of poetry, The Real Warnings (Anhinga Press, 2009), received the 2008 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2008, Prairie Schooner,the Southern Review, and other publications. Her awards include prizes from the Academy of American Poets and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. She received her BA from Duke University and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she was a Randall Jarrell Fellow. She and her husband publish Cave Wall in Greensboro.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years. The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy and the graduate program in creative writing at UNCG, and is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Visit www.ncwriters.org for more information on this and other contests.

CULLOWHEE, NC – Catherine Carter, an assistant professor of English at Western Carolina University, has won the 2009 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Acclaimed poet Sarah Lindsay chose Carter’s poem “Toast” from close to 100 entries.

“It has a greater energy and rhythm . . . creates tension with a split viewpoint, and maintains the imagery throughout,” Lindsay said.

Carter will receive a $200 prize from the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and her winning poem will be considered for publication in the literary journal The Crucible.

Carter was “raised by wolves and vultures on the Eastern Shore of Maryland,” and now lives with her husband in Cullowhee, where she coordinates the English education program at Western Carolina University.  Her work has appeared in Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, Tar River, Main Street Rag, and Cider Press Review, among others.  She will have work in the upcoming Best American Poetry 2009, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart prize.  Her first book, The Memory of Gills (LSU Press, 2006), won the 2007 Roanoke-Chowan Award.  Her chapbook, The Swamp Monster at Home, is currently circulating.

Poets selected for honorable mention were Marjorie Hudson, Jeff Miles, Rebecca Warren, and Mary Elizabeth Parker.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly 18 years.  The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy and the graduate program in creative writing at UNCG, and is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.  Visit www.ncwriters.org for more information on this and other contests.

Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2009 Squire Summer Writing Residency.

This year’s Summer Residency will be held Friday–Sunday, July 24–26, at Warren Wilson College outside Asheville, NC.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is open only to the first fifty registrants, who can choose one of the following workshops: Poetry with Cathy Smith Bowers, Fiction with Tommy Hays, or Creative Nonfiction with Catherine Reid.

Cathy Smith Bowers’s work has appeared in publications such as the Atlantic Monthly, the Gettysburg Review, the Georgia Review, Poetry, the Southern Review, and the Kenyon Review. She served for many years as poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte, where she received the 2002 J. B. Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award. She now teaches in the Queens low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program, and at conferences throughout the United States.

Bowers is the author of three collections of poetry: The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas, Texas Tech University Press, 1992; Traveling in Time of Danger, Iris Press, 1999; and A Book of Minutes, Iris Press, 2004. A fourth collection, The Candle I Hold Up to See You,is forthcoming from Iris Press.

Tommy Hays's latest novel, The Pleasure Was Mine, was chosen for the One City, One Book program in Greensboro and for the Amazing Read—Greenville, SC’s, first community read. Read on NPR’s “Radio Reader,” it was a finalist for the SIBA 2006 Fiction Award. His other novels are Sam’s Crossing and In the Family Way, winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. He is executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts Program at UNC-Asheville.

Catherine Reid is an award-winning essayist and author of Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst (Houghton Mifflin), one of Bookloft’s “top twenty bestsellers for 2006.” Other work has appeared in such journals as Massachusetts Review, Green Mountains Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, where she was the featured writer for their inaugural issue. She teaches at Warren Wilson College, where she specializes in creative nonfiction.

The NCWN’s Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre, as well as a panel discussion on publishing and bookselling, and readings by faculty and registrants. Attendees take meals together on campus, and are encouraged—but not required—to stay in Warren Wilson campus housing that will be set aside for this conference.

“The form of the Summer Residency provides a heightened sense of collegiality, a sense that you’re not alone,” said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is named in honor of the late Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire, whose support made the residency possible.

More information about the Squire Summer Writing Residency can be found at www.ncwriters.org, or by calling 336-293-8844.

Albert Howard Carter IIIThe distinguished editor and publisher Shannon Ravenel has selected Chapel Hill resident Howard Carter’s story, “Mr. Mason’s Request,” as the winner of the 2009 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize from the N.C. Writers Network.  Ravenel  picked “Dickhead” by Anne Barnhill of Garner as the first runner up, and “Shack on Fire” by Bill Morris of Durham as the second runner up. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000 from the Network, and all three stories will be considered for publication by The Thomas Wolfe Review.

Ravenel selected the winners from a group of nine finalists sent to her by preliminary judge, David Radavich of Eastern Illinois University. The other six finalists were Samantha Talley of San Antonio, TX, for “The Mermaids Singing”; C. Stuart Wright of Ruffin, NC, for “Murdering Edna”; Ann McMurray Simpson of Knoxville, TN, for “Robert’s Shadow”; Julia Davis of Durham, NC, for “Revive Us Again”; Kurt Corriher of China Grove, NC, for “The Caretaker”; and Robert McCall of Saluda, NC, for “Ash Wednesday.”

Ravenel, the editor of The Best American Short Stories series for 13 years and the founding editor, with Louis Rubin, of Algonquin Press, praised Carter’s story: “Based on a brilliant premise, this story is perfectly executed to make the most of that premise and convincingly characterize the three players.” Carter, having retired from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, is now adjunct professor of Social Medicine, College of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill, and, part-time, a massage therapist specializing in cancer patients. He has written articles, poems, stories and full-length books about ways in which literature and the humanities can help medical patients. He has an A.B. in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Comp. Lit from the University of Iowa, with supporting courses in the Writers’ Workshop.

Anne Barnhill, the first runner-up for “Dickhead,” is the author of a memoir, At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister and Me.  Her short story collection, What You Long For, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag Publishing Co. in May of this year. She holds an M.F.A. in creating writing from UNC-Wilmington. Ravenel calls her story “a daring first person narrative that overcomes what could have turned raunchy or crude. Originality and finesse work beautifully here.”

Bill Morris, the second-runner up for “Shack on Fire,” writes a story, says Ravenel, “about place and its hold on human beings” in which “setting is the protagonist, and the author manages the twist nicely.”  He divides his time between Durham and the soundside village of Straits in “Down East” Carteret County. The Core Sound area is the setting for his first novel, Saltwater Cowboys, as well as for his story, “Dinah’s Dog,” the winner of the 2003 Doris Betts Prize for short fiction.

 

Greensboro, NC – More than one hundred writers from across North Carolina (and beyond) came together at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s annual Spring Conference last Saturday.

Held once again at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the 2009 Spring Conference featured ten workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and public speaking, as well as readings by instructors and attendees, a panel discussion with magazine and small press publishers, and a keynote address by bestselling novelist Sharyn McCrumb.

“I was well fed,” one metaphorically inclined attendee said. “I’m grateful that I was given the opportunity to partake of this banquet.”

The 2009 Spring Conference offered attendees a chance to study fiction with Quinn Dalton, Valerie Nieman, and Jack Riggs; nonfiction with Marianne Gingher, Ed Southern, and Lee Zacharias; poetry with David Roderick and Carolyn Beard Whitlow; playwriting with Alan Cook; and public speaking with Carol Roan.

Attendees also had the chance to get to know these authors and their fellow registrants better at “Lunch with an Author,” in which small groups signed up to take a faculty member to lunch.

“I loved (my) session,” an attendee said. “I learned how to better get inside a character’s head, what questions to ask them, and what drives them.”

Another attendee described the conference as “time well spent. This was my first conference of this type. I will attend more!”

Charlotte, NC – Registration is open at www.ncwriters.org for the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2008 Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Residency, July 25 – 27 on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte.

Writers from Queens, UNC-Charlotte, and Davidson College will teach intensive, three-day workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The residency will also feature faculty and student readings, a publishing forum, and a picnic at Freedom Park with an outdoor reading. Registrants stay on-campus to further an atmosphere of collegiality, although “commuting students” are also accepted for the program at a reduced rate.

Julie Funderburk“We’re very excited to offer the Summer Residency again,” said NCWN executive director Ed Southern. “Past attendees have called this their favorite of all the programs that the Network offers.”

Julie Funderburk, who came to Queens in 2003 after serving as assistant director of UNC-Greensboro’s MFA program, will teach the poetry workshop, which “will focus on giving participants specific ways to analyze and classify poems.”

Aaron GwynUNC-Charlotte assistant professor of English Aaron Gwyn, whose novel The World Beneath will be published in 2009 by W. W. Norton & Co., will teach a fiction workshop that “will explore what successful authors do to start their novels and stories, as well as potential pitfalls they avoid . . . and discuss effective ways of shaping the beginning of novels or stories to attract the attention of agents and editors.”

Cynthia LewisCynthia Lewis, the Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Davidson and part-time bartender, will teach a creative nonfiction course designed to “focus primarily on group review of participants’ writing samples and secondarily on topics relevant to the craft of creative nonfiction.”

The 2008 Summer Residency will be the first held outside the Triangle. Southern said the decision to move the program’s venue around the state, as well as to shorten it from five days to three, was made to make the Summer Residency more accessible to a greater number of writers.

“The Summer Residency generates such passion among the writers who attend that we felt we had to make it easier for more writers to sign up,” Southern said. “This year, not only does the residency cost less, but you don’t have to take a week off work to attend.

“Several of last year’s attendees told me it was so much fun, we should set up cameras and pitch it as a reality show,” Southern added. “I don’t think I want to know why.”

Information on registration and fees is available at www.ncwriters.org.

The sun shone, the flowers bloomed, and writers from across North Carolina – and the North Country (seriously: one guy came all the way from here) – met in Greensboro last Saturday for the Network’s 2008 Spring Conference.

 

Those writers enjoyed their choice of eight workshops on the craft and business of writing, as well as a panel of editors and publishers, a chance to meet exhibiting journals and presses, the inaugural “Lunch with an Author,” a keynote reading of poetry by prize-winning poet Linda Gregg, and faculty readings by Lee Zacharias, Valerie Nieman, and Anjail Rashida Ahmad.

 

“I was pleased with my first conference as director of the Network,” Ed Southern said.  “No natural disasters, nothing caught fire, and the publishers’ panel didn’t end in a brawl.  What more could you ask for?”

 

“Lunch with an Author” allowed attendees to sign up Saturday morning to take one of the faculty members to lunch in groups of no more than 10, so that they could discuss issues that writers face and get to know one another in a relaxed, informal setting.  “There’s a reason we’re called the ‘North Carolina Writers’ Network,’” Southern said.  “The best thing we can do for writers is bring them together with other writers, at all levels of experience, from all across the state, nation, and planet.  We’re always looking for new and better ways to accomplish that.”

 

“The spring conference is a wonderful opportunity to meet other writers and just talk about writing - what we love about it, what we hate about it, and why we do it,” Marilyn Wolf of Greensboro said.  “I left feeling energized to tackle my own writing with new tools from the workshops and greater confidence from all the support.”

 

Dianne Farris of Fayetteville said, “I learned more than I thought was possible in one afternoon.  Travis Mulhauser’s presentation of plot & character (in fiction) was good. In particular, I liked the literature selections he used to demonstrate the different aspects of development. He picked authors with strong, unique voices. From Lewis Nordan to Raymond Carver, there was bound to be something that stood out for everyone.  Mark Smith-Soto’s (poetry) workshop was outstanding as well. I hate to admit it but, I’m not a huge poetry fan. I was attracted to Mark’s workshop for two reasons. First, as a member of a critiquing group that does poetry, it’s helpful to have some understanding of how poetry works. Second, I need to learn how to insert effective images into my short stories. I left Mark’s presentation with a little of both. I also gained an appreciation for poetry in general, something I thought was impossible.  In all, my experience at the conference was very positive and I feel lucky to have been able to go.”

 

Jan Parker of Fuquay-Varina said, “Once again, our wonderful Writers’ Network provided an impressive array of interesting and high-level classes for almost every different writing discipline. Coupled with the opportunity to meet and learn from published authors, well-known professors, editors of important review magazines and book publishers based here in NC, we were able to network with other writers from across the state. Plain and simple, it was the best Spring Conference I've ever attended. Like my country cousins say, it were good!”

 

Paul Austin of Durham, fresh from having his book Something for the Pain accepted for publication in September 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company, said, “I attended a lecture at the NCWN Spring Conference titled 'The Writer/Author Divide: The Basics of Marketing Your Book and Yourself.'  The lecture provided a solid framework for thinking about book publicity, along with specific tips on how to promote your book.  At each stage of my writing career, the NCWN has provided just what I've needed to know."

Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts by Nora Gaskin

Lystra Books & Literary Services
$11.95, paperback / $6.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9884164-0-6 (pb) / 978-0-9884164-1-3 (e-book)
October, 2012
Fiction - Mystery
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts is fiction, and a mystery. Two young women are murdered in their homes, forty years apart. One of the crimes is solved; the other is not. Both crimes involve the same two extended families. After the first one, both families tried to forget, to hide, to keep secrets. The second crime reminds us of Faulkner's famous words about the past--it is not even past. And it doesn't lose its power.

The seed-thought for Until Proven was a murder that took place in Chapel Hill in 1963. Nora was a twelve-year-old living in Chapel Hill at the time. The crime and its aftermath made an impact on her, so much so that decades later she wrote her novel, and she wrote a nonfiction account of the actual events. That account is Time of Death (below), available as an e-book.

 

Time of Death by Nora Gaskin

Lystra Books & Literary Services
$3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9884164-2-0
January, 2013
Nonfiction
Available from www.Amazon.com

An account of a true crime in Chapel Hill, NC, and the ways justice is denied. The death of Lucille Rinaldi and the accusations brought against her husband, Frank, became the seed-thoughts of Nora Gaskin's novel, Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts.

Nora Gaskin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in English, with Honors in Creative Writing. She studied with the great Max Steele and Louis Ruben. She then got her MA in English from the University of Washington in Seattle. As life will, hers took a detour and she had a long career as a stock broker and financial planner. After 24 1/2 years, she retired from that to resume her life as a working writer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allegiance and Betrayal: Stories by Peter Makuck

Syracuse University Press
$19.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8156-1015-1
2013
Fiction
Available from your local bookstore, the publisher, or www.Amazon.com

"Makuck returns to one of the most fertile wellsprings of literature—the family. With grace and wit, he dramatizes family matters in post—World War II America, drawing attention to why families matter and what is the matter with so many of them. . . . As he points to the tragic and comic ways family members exacerbate and resolve their differences, he repeatedly surprises us with the mysterious ways people act. These stories are destined to beguile."
—Henry Hart, author of James Dickey: The World as a Lie

"These stories dramatize the paradoxes of felt or forced connections as in a first kiss from a troublesome married cousin that burns the narrator’s cheek like a brand. Allegiance and Betrayal sears the reader with recognition."
—Allen Wier, author of the award-winning novel Tehano

The stories in Allegiance and Betrayal are set in cars, on top of a water tower, in a bar, on a fishing boat, at a family farm, and at a swimming pool. Each story carries an aura of the mystery surrounding family relations, the enigma of love, the gaping rift between generations, the give-and- take between husbands and wives, and the inevitability of loss.

The book begins with a suite of three stories about Tim Budney. In the first, he reluctantly leaves home and his beloved hot rod Ford to attend a small Catholic college; in the second, he experiences a conflict of allegiances—loyalty to a friend versus lying to his teacher and priest; in the third, he imagines that his uncle, a pool hustler, is in danger and returns to the uncle’s tavern where he witnesses something unforgettable. In other stories, a Yankee house painter trying to sell his car encounters a tricky, Bible-quoting southerner; a married couple hurtfully moves away from their friends of twenty years without saying goodbye or leaving an address; a near fatal scuba dive revives a friendship of many years; a family reunion turns ugly on the subject of religion; and a high school French teacher arranges an offshore fishing trip to settle a score with the football coach.

With deft prose and a generous spirit, Makuck explores the deep but subtle range of human emotion. Humorous and tender, these stories offer rich portraits of individuals struggling to overcome failed dreams and searching for an answer to the question of what truly matters.

Peter Makuck is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at East Carolina University. He is the author of Long Lens: New and Selected Poems and two collections of short stories, Breaking and Entering and Costly Habits. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in the Georgia Review, Hudson Review, Poetry, Sewanee Review, the Nation, and Gettysburg Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turnings Poems of Transformation by William Johnson Everett

Wipf and Stock Publishers
$11.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-62032-735-7
March, 2013
Poetry
Available from your local bookstore, the publisher, or www.Amazon.com

"William Everett's beautifully structured Turnings gathers together limpid poems of memory that shine like pebbles underneath the clearest flow of water, as well as poems of personal faith and theological wisdom. Rising up from the pages like long-forgotten messages, they glow in the light of Everett's language: lyrical, crystal clear, as if on the brink of turning into nothing less than song itself."
—Kathryn Stripling Byer, author of Descent and Wildwood Flower

"Everett is a master of words, fitting the right words together the way a master mason fits stones to shape beautiful structures. Poems he constructs reflect solid integrity. Readers can depend on his writing to convey thoughtful expressions, ethical conclusions, and invigorating structural styles selected to match the themes of each piece. His poetry reassures us that all good poetry does not belong to the past."
—J. C. Walkup, Penny Morse, and Buffy Queen, editors of Fresh Magazine

Like works in wood upon a lathe, these poems are word-turnings that reveal the inner grain of our human experience. They are bowls to catch our turnings of memory, conversion, falling in love, and passing through our seasons and the wrenching turns that mark our lives. Above all these turnings are a shout of praise, a murmur of wonder, a turning away from life as usual, a merciful re-turning to the songs, images, and stories that move our lives.

William Johnson Everett taught Christian social ethics for over thirty years in theological schools in the US, Germany, India, and South Africa before turning to fiction and poetry. His many books and articles in ethics were followed by an eco-centric work of historical fiction, Red Clay, Blood River (2008). His poems have appeared in Spiritus, Bay Leaves, and Fresh. Both his ethics and his poetry have tried to explore the ways we give shape and meaning to our thoughts, feelings, and actions within the mysterious powers of creativity and love that undergird our existence.

When not writing, he constructs furniture for worship settings in his home shop near Waynesville, NC. His online journal is at www.WilliamEverett.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hero for the People: Stories of the Brazilian Backlands by Arthur Powers

Press 53
$17.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-935708-83-4
May, 2013
Fiction
Available from your local bookstore, the publisher, or www.Amazon.com

“Set in the vast and sometimes violent landscape of contemporary Brazil, this is a gorgeous collection of stories—wise, hopeful, and forgiving, but clear-eyed in its exploration of the toll taken on the human heart by greed, malice, and the lust for land.”
—Debra Murphy, Publisher of Idyll's Press, Founder of CatholicFiction.net

"This is a remarkable collection. The Brazil that Arthur Powers brings to life in these stories is a testing ground for the human heart, an alarmingly real place where the extremes of poverty and opulence, iniquity and justice, hate and love, bring his characters—and readers—face to face with life."
—Bernardo Aparicio García, Publisher of Dappled Things

A Hero for the People is a stirring narrative about the people, history, and culture of Brazil. At root are the working-class men and women who sparkle with delight and labor in pain—and the reader is implicated intimately in their elemental emotions and vital experiences. This is a book where otherwise parched historical details become life stories worth imbibing, remembering, and repeating.”
—Gregory F. Tague, Professor of English, General Editor of Editions Bibliotekos

“Arthur Powers is more than a totally captivating, adventurous storyteller. He is a wonderfully accomplished writer who enriches the reader's experience of life, and is a mighty skillful reporter who knows the ins and outs of people and places. While his locations are often fascinatingly exotic, more importantly his people are always engagingly real! In short, Powers is in that rare company of authors who are impossible to put down!”
—John Reid, director of the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

Arthur Powers went to Brazil in 1969 as a Peace Corps Volunteer and spent most of his adult life in that country. In the late 1970s, while practicing international law, he accompanied his wife in her work as a community organizer in the Rio de Janeiro slums. From 1985 to 1992, they worked for the Catholic Church in the eastern Amazon region of Brazil, organizing subsistence farmers and rural workers' unions in a region of violent land conflicts. Subsequently they directed relief and development programs in the drought-ridden Brazilian Northeast.

Arthur has received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, three annual awards for short fiction from the Catholic Press Association, earned 2nd Place in the 2008 Tom Howard Fiction Contest, and 1st Place in the 2012 Tuscany Press Novella Award. He was a Press 53 Open Awards Finalist in 2011 and 2012. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous magazines and reviews. His award-winning novella, The Book of Jotham, is forthcoming from Tuscany Press in 2013.

The Red Leather Chair by Ingrid Kraus

Wry Hill
$10.98, paperback / $4.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-615723709
Fiction
November, 2012
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

The Red Leather Chair is a fast-paced family drama. Each character reacts to the extreme betrayal of a key family member and follows his or her own path through rage, revenge, and redemption. The Red Leather Chair is set in the American Heartland and examines how a woman born in an age of deference may emerge as her own person, how a man raised to embrace a traditional notion of masculinity may reconstruct his identity, and how a family on the brink of disintegration may establish a renewed foundation. As one reviewer noted, "The Red Leather Chair holds up a mirror to each of our lives."

Watch Ingrid Kraus read at the 2013 NCWN Spring Conference!

Ingrid Kraus is a writer and psychologist who lives with her husband in the mountains of North Carolina. The Red Leather Chair is her debut novel. She is currently at work on a new project about the integration of a premier Alabama high school in the mid-1960s. She is fascinated by themes of similarity and difference, acceptance and bigotry, and the overarching role that our points of view play in what and whom we are drawn to and repelled by.

The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change by Rebecca McClanahan

Indiana University Press
$22.00, paperback / $17.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-253-00859-6 (paper) / 978-0-253-00867-1 (e-book)
March, 2013
Memoir
Available from your local bookstore, the publisher, or www.Amazon.com

“…[A] magnificent book. The Tribal Knot is a loving portrait of a family across its generations”
—Lee Martin, From Our House and Turning Bones

“…[O]ne of the fullest reading experiences I have had in a very long time”
—Ann Hood, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief and The Knitting Circle

“…[A] brilliant revitalizing of the oldest narrative we know…”
—David Huddle, Nothing Can Make Me Do This and Blacksnake at the Family Reunion

“I have never seen the familial panorama captured as living knowledge in such a moving way.”
—Suzannah Lessard, The Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stanford White Family

Are we responsible for, and to, those forces that have formed us—our families, friends, and communities? Where do we leave off and others begin? In The Tribal Knot, Rebecca McClanahan looks for answers in the history of her family.

Poring over letters, artifacts, and documents that span more than a century, she discovers a tribe of hardscrabble Midwest farmers, hunters, trappers, and laborers struggling to hold tight to the ties that bind them, through poverty, war, political upheavals, illness and accident, filicide and suicide, economic depressions, personal crises, and global disasters. Like the practitioners of Victorian "hair art" who wove strands of family members' hair into a single design, McClanahan braids her ancestors' stories into a single intimate narrative of her search to understand herself and her place in the family's complex past.

Rebecca McClanahan, the author of nine previous books, including The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow award in nonfiction, has received a Pushcart Prize, the Wood Prize from Poetry, and fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Walt Pilcher

The Five-fold Effect: Unlocking Power Leadership for Amazing Results in Your Organization by Walt Pilcher

WestBow Press
$35.95, hardcover / $19.95, paperback / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-449790066 (hardcover) /978-1-449790059 (paperback) / 978-1-449790042 (e-book)
May, 2013
Nonfiction ; Organizational Leadership
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Author and business professional Walt Pilcher reveals a revolutionary, faith-based concept to help businesses prosper in his practical new guidebook, The Five-Fold Effect: Unlocking Power Leadership for Amazing Results in Your Organization.

In an unprecedented approach to organizational leadership, The Five-Fold Effect takes inspiration from Biblical wisdom, specifically Ephesians 4:11-16. “The apostolic, prophetic, pastoral, teaching, and evangelistic gifts power a five-fold leadership plan that’s for the church and the marketplace,” Pilcher writes. “Everybody has one or more of these five and other gifts, and by using them strategically in your business, or any organization large or small, you can supercharge productivity and enjoy potentially unlimited success.”

Pilcher draws on his and others’ church and business experiences to lay out the steps readers can use to create highly successful leadership teams. “God provided the five-fold plan for all organizations,” he writes, “because he wants us all to succeed!”

A former apparel company CEO, church elder, and Regent University board member with a passion for seeing people grow personally, professionally, and spiritually, Walt Pilcher serves on the board of the international evangelistic ministry Global Awakening. He is a member of NCWN and Writers' Group of the Triad. He and his wife, Carol, live in Greensboro, NC.

Timothy W. Tron

Bruecke to Heaven: Children of the Light

WestBow Press
$19.95, paperback
ISBN 976-1-4497-5656-7
April, 2013
Fiction: Historical
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Author Timothy W. Tron reveals the transformational power of the word of God in his new historical fiction, Bruecke to Heaven: Children of the Light (published by WestBow Press).

Set in the regions that now make up France and Italy circa 1170, Bruecke to Heaven tells the story of two of Jesus’ disciples, the journey they made into the wilderness and how the messages they purportedly received directly from God have been passed down through generations of believers.

Tron’s inspiration for Bruecke to Heaven came after he spent years researching the Waldensians, the group of Christians exiled to the valleys of the Cottian Alps who were persecuted by Roman Catholics for hundreds of years.

“After reading John Wiles’ History of Christianity, I was even more convinced there was more to the story than history was providing,” Tron explains. “I also discussed this with other individuals knowledgeable about the Waldesians and found they too questioned it, and in fact our family history could be traced back to the time of the Apostles.”

Tron’s historical epic shows how these early inhabitants of the Cottian Alps were tasked with preserving the word of God and details how they were able to pass down messages from the original apostles that would still be heard nearly 1,000 years later. Bruecke to Heaven gives a compelling account of the deliberate, meticulous preservation of God’s lasting word.

“What the reader will find in this story is purity of faith,” Tron writes. “This faith was untouched by the external forces that existed well beyond its original delivery unlike any other place on earth. This word had not been obscured by the biases of mankind.”

Timothy W. Tron lives near Goldston, NC, on a small farm with his wife, Sheryl, and two children, Jonathan and Mary. He was born in Evansville, Indiana, and spent the next sixteen years in southern Indiana, living in mostly rural areas around the historic small towns of New Harmony and Newburgh. There, he established his love for the country, which would eventually lead him back to his roots after spending four years in the Air Force and then graduating college from the University of Florida with a BSEE degree. After moving to North Carolina in 1993, he rediscovered his long-lost joy for writing and soon found God leading him to begin authoring a book.

 

Stephen Shoemaker: The Paintings and Their Stories by Stephen Shoemaker and Janet Pittard

McFarland & Company
$40, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-7864-7467-7 (paper) / 978-1-4766-0348-3 (e-book)
April, 2013
Art / Essay
Available at your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Have you ever looked at a painting and wondered what the story was behind it? Two North Carolina natives, artist Stephen Shoemaker and writer Janet Pittard, have teamed up to present a selection of Shoemaker's paintings and the stories behind them.

The Virginia Creeper, a train that ran from Todd, North Carolina, to Abingdon, Virginia, from the early 1900s through the mid-late 1970s, is a favorite subject of Shoemaker's and figures prominently in the book, reflecting its influence on the culture and history of Shoemaker's mountain home.

The book features forty-eight images, including the eight watercolors in Shoemaker's Virginia Creeper series and many paintings and drawings created especially for the publication. The thirty-two stories, spun together by Pittard over a two-year period of interviews and conversations with the artist, are an eclectic blend of humor, adventure, and tragedy.

The result is a scrapbook of the artist's life growing up in a small town and his development as an artist, full of insights into the thought process involved in creating his artwork, sources of inspiration, and the clues or symbols incorporated in the scenes he creates. The narrative is peppered with short poems by Pittard, adding another dimension to the text and an element of the unexpected.

Told in Shoemaker's voice, Pittard's text is informal and entertaining, geared toward a general audience, suitable for children, as well as adults, particularly train buffs, lovers of regional history, and fans of Shoemaker's work.

Stephen Shoemaker is a nationally known artist from West Jefferson, North Carolina, best known for his detailed paintings of the train called the Virginia Creeper. Shoemaker's work has been exhibited at the Mint Museum and Queen's Gallery in Charlotte and regularly at the Ashe County Arts Council. He is also co-owner and designer for the Appalachian Mint, LLC. His studio is located in downtown West Jefferson, his hometown.

Janet Pittard is a freelance writer whose work appeared in Our State and Signature magazines from 2003 to 2009. Pittard has also written for UNC-TV's Our State program, and, more recently was published in Mountain Memoirs: An Ashe County Anthology, edited by Chris Arvidson, Julie Townsend, and Scot Pope and released by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in Charlotte in 2012. A native of Southern Pines, Pittard now lives in Raleigh and West Jefferson.

Hats Off! to award-winning author Marni Graff whose third Nora Tierney Mystery is in print and e-book. Set in Cumbria, the mystery revolves around a theatre troupe who arrive at the lodge where Nora lives to stage Noel Coward's play Blithe Spirit. Chapter epigrams are lines from the play, and its plot affects the action. A copy of the book has been installed in Coward's archives by his estate.

 

Hats Off! to Mark Havlik, Lynn Veach Sadler, and Michele Tracy Berger who finished First, Second, and Third respectively in the "Creative Nonfiction" category of the 2014 Anthology Contest sponsored by the Winston-Salem Writers. Havlik's winning essay was titled "In a Word." Sadler ("Tourist Roulette in the New Russia") and Berger ("Navigating the Man-cession") will be published along with Havlik and other category winners in the Winston-Salem Writers 2014 Anthology.

 

Hats Off! to Janet Joyner, Joan Leotta, and Michele Tracy Berger who finished First, Second, and Third respectively in the "Short Story" category of the 2014 Anthology Contest sponsored by the Winston-Salem Writers. Janet's winning story was titled "Anna Greene's Coke Break," and it will be published in the Winston-Salem Writers 2014 Anthology along with the stories by Leotta (“The World Turned Upside Down”) and Berger (“The Invisible Son”).

 

Hats Off! to Janet Joyner whose poem "2 Yellow Leaves" won the 2014 Anthology Contest sponsored by the Winston-Salem Writers. Joyner also took Second Place in the Flash Fiction category with her story, "Dawson Honeycutt." First, second, and third place winners in each category will be published in the Winston-Salem Writers 2014 Anthology.

 

Hats Off! to Laurel Ferejohn whose short story “Bear” is a finalist in the Southeast Review's World’s Best Short-Short Story contest (judge: Robert Olen Butler). It will appear in The Southeast Review 33.1 (2015).

 

Hats Off! to Art Taylor whose short story "The Care and Feeding of Houseplants" has been nominated for a 2014 Anthony Award. This story originally appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March-April, 2013.

 

Hats Off! to Caryn Studham Sutorus whose short story "Aviatrix" won Third Prize in Grey Wolfe Publishing's American Short Story Contest and will be published in their Ni Bóna Na Coróin anthology.

 

Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose poem "Falling Shells" is forthcoming in Poetry Quarterly/Prolific Press. Also, her short story "Cottonwood Grove" will be published in an anthology of Westerns from Cane Hollow Press. "Cottonwood Grove" is also available as a Kindle Single.

 

Hats Off! to Tom Hooker of Hendersonville who received First Prize in the Four Seasons Silver Arts short fiction competition for his story, "Heads Up," and Third Prize in the poetry competition for, "More." “Heads Up” will compete in the state level competition this fall.

 

Hats Off! to Peg Bresnahan whose poem, "In A Country None of Us Called Home," was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac. Peg has a new poetry collection out from Press 53, by the same name.

 

Hats Off! to Peggy Payne whose most recent novel, Cobalt Blue, has received an IPPY in the category of Visionary Fiction. These Independent Publisher medals for 2014 will be awarded in New York on May 28 during Book Expo America. The contest was open to books published in English last year by publishers outside of the five major New York houses. Cobalt Blue was released in six countries by a British house, Roundfire Books. In this novel, set in Pinehurst and New Orleans, a woman artist has a mysterious physical and spiritual experience that overwhelms her and disturbingly unsettles her life.

 

Hats Off! to Ross White whose poem “American Supernatural” won the 2014 Pocotaglio Poetry Contest from Yemassee. Judge Tyehimba Jess called White's poem “haunting.” He said the poem was “well executed and imaginative in tone and execution.” White's poem will appear in an upcoming edition of Yemassee and will include Jess’s full comments on the poem.

 

Hats Off! to Mary Ricketson who has two poems in the Kentucky Review.

 

Hats Off! to Polly Davis whose prologue to her forthcoming memoir, Stumbling Toward Enlightenment, appears in the Great Smokies Review.

 

Hats Off! to Joe Morris who was a finalist in the North Carolina Poetry Society's 2014 Poet Laureate Award for his poem "Necessities".

 

Hats Off! to Susan M. Steadman whose one-act play, The Thing with Feathers, is a finalist in the St. Louis Actors’ Studio’s LaBute New Theatre Festival and will be performed in July at the Gaslight Theater. The finalists were chosen from over 250 worldwide submissions.

 

Hats Off! to Joanna Chapman whose book Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood has been named as a gold or silver winner of the Bill Fisher Prize for Best First Book, to be announced by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) in New York City prior to the Book Expo. Since its release date, Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood has been featured at the Decatur Book Fest, Books by the Bank (Cincinnati), the National Women’s Cancer Survivors Conference (Nashville), the Virginia Book Festival (Charlottesville) and the Blue Ridge Book Festival (Hendersonville).

 

Hats Off! to Brenda Kay Ledford whose poem, "Crazy Quilt," will appear in the Spring, 2014, edition of Poet's Espresso Review.

 

Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose short story "Egidio Decides to Fish" has been accepted for the third Sisters in Crime "Guppies" anthology, Fish or Cut Bait. Guppies is an online chapter of Sisters in Crime, catering to newbies in the genre. The anthology is tentatively scheduled for Fall, 2014.

 

Hats Off! to Jodi Barnes of Cary who was a finalist in the 2014 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.

 

Hats Off! to Heather Bell Adams whose short stories "Siler Road" and "Compensation" were finalists for the 2014 Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, and to Denise S. Cline whose essay "Raising" was a finalist for the 2014 Penelope Niven Award for Creative Nonfiction, both sponsored by The Salem College Center for Women Writers.

 

Hats Off! to Tom Wood whose story on former Vanderbilt Commodores Jordan Matthews and Fitz Lassing appears in the Nashville Ledger.

 

Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose short story "Ups and Downs" has been accepted by OverMyDeadBody.com, publication date TBA. Also, her short story "Voice of an Angel" has been accepted into a North Country anthology of historical fiction dealing with upstate New York (J. Mierk, editor).

 

Hats Off! to Debra Madaris Efird whose article "More Than Just a Place to Sleep" appeared in the March 2014 issue of The Lutheran, the national magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

 

Hats Off! to Benjamin Darnell whose short story "It Was Called The Ship of Dreams" appears in Quail Bell Magazine. This is his second published story.

 

Hats Off! to Jane Shlensky, Joan Leotta, Brenda Kay Ledford, and Patricia Podlipec: Shlensky's poem "Great Ideas for Young Risk Takers” won First Place in the Caldwell Nixon, Jr., Award category of the North Carolina Poetry Society's 2014 contest. Joan Leotta won Third Place for her poem, "Five Little Bears Came to My House Today.” Ledford ("Flying Squirrel") and Podlipec (“Bird Talk”) both received Honorable Mentions.

 

Hats Off! to Jacinta V. White and NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, who spoke with WUNC's Phoebe Judge in a radio segment titled "The Poets Of North Carolina," in honor of National Poetry Month. You can listen to them read from their poetry, here.

 

 

Hats Off! to Jean Rodenbough, whose poem "Katie Sings to the Neighborhood" is published online in Wild Goose Poetry Review.

 

 

Hats Off! to Harol Marshall, whose new mystery The Shadow Cabinet (Storyteller, 2013) appeared in the the Spring 2013 issue of The Triad Retirement Resource Guide. The reviewer noted that Marshall is a "retired UNCG academic," author of seven books, and her current political mystery is "alive like today's news..."

 

Hats Off! to Gwenyfar Rohler, whose profile of noted North Carolina author Karen Bender appears in the May 2013 issue of Wilmington Magazine. Bender is the author of Like Normal People and A Town of Empty Rooms.

 

Hats Off! to Tammy Brodowski Mott, whose book A Journey to Heaven:A Daughter’s Short Life Gives a Family Lessons in Love and Miracles won the 2013 National Indie Excellence Award in the Death and Dying category.

 

Hats Off! to Malinda Dunlap Fillingim, whose poem "KinShip" has been selected to be published in the BellaMuse's Summer 2013 Solstice edition.

 

Hats Off! to Ruth Moose, whose FIRST novel Doing it at the Dixie Dew will be published in 2014 by St. Martin's Press. Dixie Dew won the $10,000 Malice Domestic prize. Though Moose has published three collections of short stories and six collections of poetry, Dixie Dew is her first novel. She says it pays to persevere.

 

Hats Off! to Leigh Sanders, whose Mother's Day essay "In Two Words, What Every Mother Wants" appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer's Point Of View on May 12, 2013.

 

Hats Off! to Debra Madaris Efird, whose article "Best Practices for Groups" was published in the NC School Counselor Association Spring 2013 newsletter which is sent to all NCSCA members in the state.

 

Hats Off! to David Hopes, who won Third Place for his poem "Spade" in the 2013 William Matthews Poetry Prize. His poem will be published in the Asheville Poetry Review, and he will be featured at a reading at Malaprop's Bookstore this summer.

 

Hats Off! to Tony Wayne Brown of Greenville, who has just had three short stories accepted: "The Unfortunate Assumptions of A Glamorous Woman" by Huffington Post; "Addicted" by Static Movement Press' Broken print anthology; and "Suspicion" by 100 Words.

 

Hats Off! to Nancy Purcell, whose short story, "Displaced Persons," was accepted by the ezine The Final Draft. Also, her flash fiction piece titled "Wasted Lovers" was accepted by the ezine Pound of Flash.

Hats Off! to Sandra Ervin Adams, whose poem "Wolf" was printed on a special bookmark by Onslow County Public Library, which celebrated National Poetry Month by having a poetry contest with the theme of Onslow County history. Also, Sandra won Third Place in the literary/poetry division of the 2013 Onslow Senior Games for her poem, "Surrendered," and First Place for her visual-mixed media art work, titled, "Stepping Stones," which included her poem, "Stepping Stones."

 

 

Hats Off! to Scott Owens, who is interviewed in the current issue of Pirene's Fountain about writing and his two poetry collections, Shadows Trail Them Home and For One Who Knows How to Own Land. In the same issue, Royce Hamel reviews For One Who Knows How to Own Land. There are also two new poems of Scott's.

 

Hats Off! to NCWN Regional Rep Betty Dotson-Lewis (Iredell-Yadkin). The National Library of Scotland is adding three of her nonfiction books to their special collection: Appalachia: Spirit Triumphant, Sago Mine Disaster, and The Sunny Side of Appalachia. Due to their connection to Scottish and Scots-Irish culture and history, the National Library believes they will make "lovely additions to the material (they) hold on the Scots-Irish influence in the United States."

... to Rebecca Petruck.  She recently secured an agent, Kate Testerman of kt literary, to represent her manuscript.  More information about Rebecca Petruck can be found on her website. (www.rebeccapetruck.com)

... to Janet Hartman.  Her creative nonfiction story, "Cairn Mind Meld", appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog's Life, which was released in April 2011.

 .. to Kelley Harrell. The Spirit of a Woman: Stories to Empower and Inspire, an anthology where her story "Telling the Bees" is featured, won a 2011 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal Winner.  More information about the anthology is here.

Two poems by Sandra Ervin Adams, "Transition," and "Feline Therapy," have been accepted by Nurturing Paws, to be published by Whispering Angel Books this summer.

Nancy Simpson  will be the featured poet
workshop leader at Blue Ridge Bookfest on May 21.
Her book, Living Above the  Frost Line: New and Selected Poems, has been named a SIBA Poetry Award finalist. 

Brenda Kay Ledford's poem, "Beckoning," won first place in the 20th annual Clay County Historical and Arts Council Poetry Contest.  She read her poem during "Evening With the Arts" at Hayesville High School Lecture Hall on May 5.  Nancy Simpson judged the poetry contest.

... to Erika Hoffman.  Her non-fiction tale about a volunteer dog at a VA Hospital, Mitzi and Her Men, has been accepted by Whispering Angel Books for their anthology, Nurturing Paws.

.... to Joseph Cavano. His short story, ”Story Cloth,” has been accepted for publication by the Potomac Review.  The story will appear in the Spring 2012 issue.  The recent acceptance of his story, “The Honey Wagon,”  by the North Carolina Literary Review for its Summer 2012 issue, has made for a nice few weeks.

.....to member Elizabeth Gaucher.  Her blog, Esse Diem (www.essediemblog.com), was recently recognized by the multimedia web magazine and creative collective, WestVirginiaVille.com in its "ongoing quest to seek out the finest writing on the Web in.....the Transcendent New Nation of Appalachia." 

... to Stephen McCutchan. He has written, recorded, and produced a new CD, Laughter From the Well, that is available from www.cdbaby.com.  It combines comedy sketches about various aspects of being a pastor with music by both David Bailey and Bryan McFarland that also reflects on the work of ministry in both a humorous and serious vain.  

Katrina Parker Williams will have a short story "Remembering His Voice" published in the Patchwork Path: Treasure Box  anthology in November 2010.

Claude Limoges' photograph titled, "The Visitor", was chosen as the cover photo for the current issue of the literary journal Up The Staircase. The photo was taken at Old Salem in Winston-Salem.  More at http://www.upthestaircase.org/ and http://claudelimogeswhat.blogspot.com/

Allen Paul has been awarded a Fulbright Research Award which will enable him to spend a year at Warsaw University in Poland researching a book about Solidarity, the famous trade union movement that played such a dramatic role in bringing down the Iron Curtain.  

Sherry Ginn wrote a chapter entitled “Sexual Relations and Sexual Identity Issues: Brave New Worlds or More of the Old One?” for the newly-released book, Illuminating Torchwood, edited by Andrew Ireland.

Claudette Cohen has a short fiction piece accepted in Cream City Review.  Check for "To Step Into The Flood" in the next issue. Website: http://www.creamcityreview.org

 

Hats Off! to LC Fiore and Liza Wieland, who were both finalists in the 2011 Balcones Fiction Prize: Fiore for his debut novel, Green Gospel, and Wieland for her collection of stories, Quickening.

 

Hats Off! to Glenda Beall whose poem, "One Flaw", was published in the most-recent issue of Wild Goose Poetry Review.

 

Hats Off! to Valerie Nieman and LC Fiore. Nieman and her novel, Blood Clay, won the General Fiction category of the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, while Fiore's debut, Green Gospel, was named First Runner-Up. Nieman was also short-listed for the Montaigne Medal, while Fiore was short-listed for the First Horizon Award.

 

Hats Off! to Lisa Williams Kline, whose new book, Summer of the Wolves, received the following favorable review from Kirkus:

"Blended families that resist blending are a middle-grade–fiction staple, but this funny, gentle and compassionate story feels fresh, thanks to appealing, closely observed characters, both major and minor, and a compelling setting.

"In alternating chapters, Diana and Stephanie describe their eventful week at a rustic North Carolina resort where Diana’s mom and Stephanie’s dad have arranged their new family’s first vacation. Both girls are entering eighth grade, but Diana, having repeated third grade, is older. Burdened with an unspecified mood disorder, she’s a difficult kid—inattentive, impetuous, angry—bonding more deeply with animals, especially horses, than people. Pretty, timid Stephanie is smart and kind but anxious about horses and river rafting; Diana tries her patience and exacerbates her fears. Each—her self-confidence shaken by family breakup and reconfiguration—pushes the other’s buttons until, in a rare bonding moment, they set two captive wolves free. However, the fallout from their “good deed” will have unpredictable consequences on those around them, human and animal. Mitigating the damage will take individual soul searching and cooperation. While drawing from several well-known Cherokee tales, Kline avoids didacticism; the girls’ discoveries, flowing from their natures and experience, feel earned. Recognizing how much of life they can’t control is tough but liberating, freeing them to focus on what is within their power: their own responses. A fresh take on an old story."

 

 

Hats Off! to Sandra Ervin Adams, who had three winning poems in the 2012 Fields of Earth Poetry Contest sponsored by Writers' Ink Guild. "The Thread" won third place in the love category; "Sanctuary in the Park" won an honorable mention in the religious/inspirational category, and "Gone" received an honorable mention in the "open" category. Sandra also won third place in the literary/poetry division of the 2012 Onslow Senior Games for her poem, "Finding Yesterday," and third place in the literary/life experiences division for her story, "My Santa Claus Memories." In addition, she won first place for her visual-mixed media art work, titled "True Art," which included her poem, "True Art." Also, Sandra's poem, "Blue Bell Wood," appears in the 2012 Lyricist, published by Campbell University.

 

Hats Off! to Philip Gerard, whose collection of essays, The Patron Saint of Dreams , won the Gold Medal in Creative Nonfiction in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.

 

Hats Off! to Gregg Cusick, Ronald Jackson, and Kathryn Lovatt, whose stories were selected as Honorable Mentions in the 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize contest. To read nice things about each of the Honorable Mentions, click here.

 

Hats Off! to MariJo Moore, who was featured in the May-June issue of Southern Writers Magazine.

 

Hats Off! to NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern, who was featured in the May-June issue of Southern Writers Magazine.

 
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