- Written by Charles Fiore
- Category: Network News
RALEIGH—By a unanimous vote, the North Carolina Writers’ Network Board of Trustees has welcomed Raleigh poet and literary organizer Ina Cariño as its newest member.
This election is a milestone in the Network’s history, as Cariño is the first trustee born after the NCWN’s founding in 1985.
“Ina has been an inspiring force in North Carolina's writing community for many years, and I'm very glad the Network can now count on their insight and experience to help steer it,” said NCWN president Shervon Cassim. “I'm looking forward to all that Ina brings to the Board.”
Ina Cariño is a Filipinx American poet with an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University. Their poetry appears in Wildness, Waxwing, New England Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Ina is a Kundiman fellow, a Best of the Net finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a recipient of a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. They are the winner of the 2021 Alice James Award for their manuscript Feast, forthcoming from Alice James Books in March 2023.
They also—coincidentally—led the Network’s most recent Online Series workshop, “Words as Symbols, Words as Spells: How Poems Alchemize Our Realities.” Find out more about Ina’s work at www.inacarino.com.
“As a queer poet of color in the South, I’m excited to join the NCWN board, an organization that welcomes writers of all skill levels and backgrounds,” Cariño said. “Writing is a solitary act; and yet, even as intimate as the writing process is, there is always room for everyone. I think this accessibility is what the writing world needs more of—especially now that emerging voices in the field are finally being heard—and I am deeply honored to become a member of this organization.”
The nonprofit 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.
- Written by Administrator
- Category: Network News
WINSTON-SALEM, NC—There's a truism that says anyone looking to make a living, much less get rich, by writing a book is probably in the wrong business. Margins for publishers, booksellers, and authors are slim; significant advances are rare.
However, while book sales might account for some of an author's income, there are other entrepreneurial options for authors hoping to earn a little extra pocket money.
On Saturday, April 24, at 10:30 am EDT, and at 2:30 pm EDT, poets Terry L. Kennedy and Ross White will lead the session "Authors as Entrepreneurs" (All Genres) as part of the North Carolina Writers' Network Online Spring Conference 2021.
Registration is open.
Because the class will be offered both in the morning and afternoon, attendees can still enjoy a craft-focused class of their choosing and not miss out on the weekend's business offering. The cost of the conference is "Pay What You Can."
With the business models of traditional publishing changing, authors are increasingly being asked to act entrepreneurially. But a publisher’s only concern will be selling books, and there are many other ways authors can build a sustainable living by developing creative businesses and services that serve other writers and change the world. In this session, two arts entrepreneurs will look at business model developed by writers and discuss best practices for starting businesses that benefit both the individual writer and the larger literary community.
Terry L. Kennedy is the author of the poetry collection New River Breakdown. His work appears in a variety of journals and magazines and has been anthologized in Gracious: Poems from the 21st Century South, Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry and The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VII: North Carolina, among others. He currently serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and as Editor for both The Greensboro Review and the online journal, storySouth. Follow him online at @terrylkennedy.
Ross White is the author of Charm Offensive, winner of the 2019 Sexton Prize, and three chapbooks: How We Came Upon the Colony, The Polite Society, and Valley of Want. He is the director of Bull City Press, an independent publisher of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He teaches creative writing and grammar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the editor of Four Way Review. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Tin House, and The Southern Review, among others. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswhite.
Other features of the NCWN Online Spring Conference 2021 include classes on creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, as well as faculty readings, open mics, and an online picnic lunch social hour. Spring Conference is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone.
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 www.ncwriters.org.