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Hats Off!

Good news from our members!

The North Carolina Writers' Network is happy to announce good news from our members. If you have had a piece published, won a prize in a competition, or received an award or honor for your writing, let us know and we'll post the news here. "Hats Off" announcements are available to members only. To post your item on the website, please click here.

Hats Off! to John A. Blackard whose YouTube channel collects audio recordings of selected poems from his five books.


Hats Off! to North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee and current NC poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green who received an Indies Arts Award from INDY Week. "The Indies Arts Awards vividly capture what mattered in the Triangle in a given year, rooted in the arts but also transcending them, opening into political and social realms. The story of the Triangle’s art leaders always turns out to be the story of the Triangle itself, and it’s inspiring to see afresh how much the arts matter, and how amazing the people powering them are."


Hats Off! to Tina Barr whose new collection of poems, Green Target (Barrow Street Press), was reviewed in the Washington Independent Review of Books. "Barr is inspired, every page, and fearless. For example, in 'Ghost Variations' (on a painting by Joyce Thornburg), we get horrific examples of death and decay but written as if poetry is to fulfill a purpose that cannot be organized. Instead, it must be a force that brings emotion. Perhaps this can come from vivid writing. Perhaps, also, not all dreams are good dreams and not all art is pretty. Whatever the resolve of language, Barr does not shirk from its rescue. There are also moments of illness where the body is betrayed—a mother who must be put in diapers, a “bulb” under the tongue, chronic fatigue syndrome turns into a Blakean poem infectious with imagery. Barr makes words soulful, and her dreams happen using every element of nature touched with human endeavor—every grass, every butterfly is named to showcase the wild theater of her imagination."


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