SOUTHERN PINES—The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will postpone its induction ceremony scheduled for this fall to Sunday, October 17, 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have no way of knowing what phase of lockdown the state will be in come this October, and we’d rather go ahead and postpone the ceremony now than have to cancel it at the last minute,” said Ed Southern, the executive director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, which oversees the NCLHOF.

The five Tarheel authors selected for the NCLHOF this year—Anthony S. Abbott, Charles Frazier, Bland Simpson, Max Steele, and Carole Boston Weatherford—will join the other inductees in the Hall this fall. Their profiles will appear on www.nclhof.org, and their portraits will be hung as soon as possible in the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, which houses the NCLHOF.

“Though the induction ceremony traditionally takes place outside, we could not keep a safe social distance between the attendees without severely restricting their number,” Southern said. “We decided to wait and hope to hold a full ceremony next year, rather than hold a half-ceremony this year.”

Since 2008, a collection of North Carolina literary organizations has helped the NCWN coordinate the NCLHOF and its activities: the North Carolina Center for the Book, now a part of the North Carolina Humanities Council; the North Carolina Collection at the Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; and the Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities.

“Every other year, the NCLHOF induction is a family reunion for North Carolina’s writers and readers,” Southern said. “We’ll miss it this year, but next year the reunion will be especially joyful.”

 

ONLINE—Hopefully you've been taking some time during quarantine to submit to literary journals, anthologies, and contests. Maybe you even have a manuscript you feel is ready for a publisher!

On Tuesday, August 25, at 7:00 pm EST, the North Carolina Writers' Network will host "BYO Query: An Open Source Event."

This event is free and open to the public; one does not need to be a member of NCWN to attend. However, space is limited.

Registration is closed.

Once you've registered, you'll receive the official event invitation, including log-in information, by e-mail.

"BYO Query: An Open Source Event" will be broken into two 45-minute sessions. During Part I, attendees can read their query-letters-in-progress to the group and receive "open-source" feedback on what's working and what might still need a little help. Part II will be a free-flowing conversation about submissions in general. Got a question about something you've run into, or a question about best practices? Someone may have the answer.

The event will be moderated by NCWN staff. Anyone with an internet connection can participate, or you can even read and listen over the phone!  

NCWN launched its online series in 2017. These ninety-minute events have proven surprisingly effective in terms of bringing writers together from all over the state of North Carolina and beyond. In fact, during an online reading in July, NCWN had our first international participant join us all the way from Brazil!

The non-profit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 

WINSTON-SALEM—The North Carolina Writers' Network Board of Directors has elected two new trustees: Stephanie Andrea Allen and Mike Wiley.

Both were elected unanimously. They will be seated at the next Board Meeting, in September.

Stephanie Andrea Allen, Ph.D, is a native Southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator. She founded BLF Press in 2014 while she was still in graduate school, realizing that the challenges that women faced in regards to publishing still existed, (lack of diversity in publishing; the [false] notion that lesbian literature was now “mainstream;” lack of access to agents, editors, and other publishing professionals; and more than anything, the notion that their stories were somehow unworthy or had no literary merit), and decided that she could do something about that.

Stephanie recently co-founded the Black Lesbian Literary Collective, a not-for-profit collective collaborative focused on creating a nurturing and sustainable environment for Black lesbian and queer women of color writers.

Stephanie holds a Ph.D in American Studies from Purdue University; an M.A. in English from Auburn University; and a B.A. in English from Columbus State University. Her scholarship examines the marginalization of Black lesbian cultural productions and the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality that contribute to the invisibility of Black lesbians in popular and literary culture.

You can learn more about Stephanie at www.stephanieandreaallen.com.

Acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley has spent the last decade fulfilling his mission to bring educational theatre to young audiences and communities across the country. In the early days of his career, Wiley found few theatrical resources to shine a light on key events and figures in African-American history. To bring these stories to life, he started his own production company.

Through his performances, Wiley has introduced countless students and communities to the legacies of Emmett Till, Henry “Box” Brown and more. His recent works include a one-man play based on Tim Tyson’s memoir Blood Done Sign My Name and The Parchman Hour, an ensemble production celebrating the bravery and determination of the Freedom Riders who risked their lives to desegregate Southern interstate bus travel in 1961.

Mike Wiley has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the 2010 and 2014 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his numerous school and community performances, he has also appeared on Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and National Geographic Channel and has been featured in Our State magazine and on PBS’ North Carolina Now and WUNC’s The State of Things.

NCWN trustees are required to be members of the North Carolina Writers' Network. They serve three-year, renewable terms.

For a full list of Board members, click here.

 

 
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