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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 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).

Hats Off! to Judy Dearlove whose debut novel Play On! was recently released from RCWMS books. Set in a retirement community, Play On! celebrates the resiliency and creativity of characters who acknowledge their own mortality while embracing the life-affirming values of friendship and solidarity. Along the way, they confront age discrimination, a nearly estranged daughter, the tribulations of technology, and a cunning adversary. Ultimately, however, the greatest challenge comes from within.

 

 
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