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 Tom Wood whose article "3 new coaches, 3 unique storylines," about three coaches beginning their first years heading up area college basketball programs, made the front page of The Nashville Ledger. Jerry Stackhouse (Vanderbilt); Casey Alexander (Belmont); and Lennie Acuff (Lipscomb) form a rare three-pronged coaching transition. "Stackhouse starred at the University of North Carolina under the tutelage of legendary coach Dean Smith, who led the Tar Heels to 879 victories, two national championships and 11 Final Four appearances including one featuring Stackhouse in 1995. Following a stellar NBA career, Stackhouse joined the pro coaching ranks before taking his first collegiate coaching job April 5, replacing Bryce Drew."


Hats Off! to Judy Hogan who was interviewed by NCWN member Virginia Ewing Hudson on Veteran Feminists of America. "I started publishing as Carolina Wren Press in 1976," says Judy. "One of my first published books was by Jaki Shelton Green...whom I had met back in 1973...She brought me her poems in a paper bag. I don’t remember the paper bag, but I remember that the poems were very strong. Very good. Very powerful and very shocking. The one that especially struck me begins 'The moon is a rapist peeing in my window…' It wasn’t hard to get a whole book of Jaki’s poetry, which she called Dead on Arrival. Because she was afraid that when she finally got published, nobody would be interested, but it turned out to be different. She is now in the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, and she won the North Carolina Award for Literature, and now she is the [North Carolina] Poet Laureate and I’m very proud of her."


Hats Off! to Brenda Kay Ledford whose poetry collection Red Plank House was reviewed in Clay County Progress (October 31, 2019).

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