NC Literary Hall of Fame











 Steal Away by Shelby Stephenson

Jacar Press
$10.95, paperback
July, 2014
Available from the publisher

An intimate, tender and lyrical chapbook that looks back at a childhood, where friendship, family, and slavery intersect. These poems ponder the conflicted emotions, from joy to sorrow, that come from meditating on one’s legacy.

Shelby Stephenson is a 2014 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. 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's website is

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