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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.

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.

 

 

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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