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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, 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 for more information on this and other contests.

Southern Pines, NC—The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will induct five of the state’s finest writers this Sunday.

Journalist W. J. Cash; novelist Allan Gurganus; poet, novelist, and biographer Robert Morgan; journalist, publisher, and diplomat Walter Hines Page; and playwright and screenwriter Samm-Art Williams will be enshrined at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 17, at a ceremony at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, where the NCLHOF is housed.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Wilbur J. Cash was born in Gaffney, SC, in 1900 and moved to Boiling Springs in 1912. After graduating from Wake Forest College in 1922, Cash worked intermittently as a journalist for several newspapers, including the Charlotte Observer and Charlotte News, and as a freelance writer for magazines such as H. L. Mencken’s American Mercury. In 1941 he published his masterpiece, The Mind of the South, described as “by common consent a classic work of history and social criticism” by George B. Tindall, who wrote Cash’s entry in the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. Cash died just a few months after The Mind of the South appeared.

Allan Gurganus’s first novel, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, spent eight months on the New York Times best-seller list, has sold more than two million copies and been translated into twelve languages, and was made into a CBS movie starring Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, and Cecily Tyson. Born in Rocky Mount in 1947, Gurganus studied as a painter and served in the U.S. Navy before turning to writing. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, O’Henry Prize Stories, Best American Stories, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, and Best New Stories of the South. His other books include The Practical Heart, Plays Well With Others, and White People, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Robert Morgan grew up in the Green River valley of western North Carolina, near Hendersonville, on a farm that has been in Morgan’s family since the 1700s. He decided to become a writer while studying engineering and applied mathematics at North Carolina State University, transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to receive his degree in English, and later earned a master of fine arts degree from UNC Greensboro. Morgan has published more than twenty-five books of poetry and fiction, in addition to a 2007 biography of Daniel Boone. His novel Gap Creek won the 2000 Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. His most recent book is October Crossing, a poetry collection.

Walter Hines Page was born in 1855 in what would become Cary. After studying at Trinity College (now Duke University), Randolph-Macon College, and Johns Hopkins University, he began his career in journalism at a small newspaper in St. Joseph, MO; within four years, he had worked for the New York World and moved on to found his own newspaper, the State Chronicle, in Raleigh. In 1885 he turned the State Chronicle over to Josephus Daniels and returned to the Northeast, where he worked as an editor of both magazines and books, including the Atlantic Monthly and Houghton, Mifflin, and Company. In 1899 he cofounded the publisher Doubleday, Page, and Company (now Doubleday Publishing, an imprint of Random House), where he worked with authors such as Ellen Glasgow and Booker T. Washington. President Woodrow Wilson named Page to be the nation’s ambassador to the Court of St. James in London in 1913. Page died in Pinehurst in 1918.

Samm-Art Williams was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Burgaw. After graduating from Morgan State College in Baltimore, he studied with the Freedom Theater's Acting Workshop in Philadelphia under the direction of John Allen and Bob Leslie. As a member of the Negro Ensemble Company, he performed in such plays as The First Breeze of Summer, Eden, and Nevis Mountain Dew. He also wrote many plays, including Home,which received a Tony nomination in the category of best Broadway play and toured internationally. He had a lucrative career in television, where he took on roles as an actor, a writer, and executive producer for popular shows such as Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Martin. He has been nominated for two Emmy awards.

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 have collaborated 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.

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