NC Literary Hall of Fame




DURHAM—Shervon Cassim has been elected President of the North Carolina Writers' Network Board of Trustees.

Shervon replaces Margaret Dardess who served as president for many years. The Network flourished under her leadership, and she will remain on the Board.

Shervon Cassim is a writer and lawyer who was born and raised in Dubai. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University, where he teaches fiction writing.

"North Carolina is the kind of place where you can take a class with an award-winning poet or bump into a bestselling memoirist at your local grocery store," Shervon says. "We have a proud record of nurturing homegrown writers and enticing those from outside to make North Carolina their home. Our publishers are sought-after, and our bookstores—full of books written by our friends, neighbors, and teachers—reflect and affirm the value we place on writing and literature."

Margaret Dardess graduated from Connecticut College and studied Japanese history at Columbia University. After a brief teaching career, she went on to tackle the law. When she finally stopped going to school, she set off on a journey, masquerading as an international trade lawyer, a corporate executive and a university administrator until at last she cast her parents’ warnings to the wind and began to write. Her debut novel is the thriller Brutal Silence.

Shervon joined the Board in 2016 and was a panelist at the NCWN 2016 Fall Conference in Raleigh.

The North Carolina Writers' Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. It provides education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. The North Carolina Writers’ Network believes that writing is necessary both for self-expression and a healthy community, that well-written words can connect people across time and distance, and that the deeply satisfying experiences of writing and reading should be available to everyone.

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


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