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April 16, 2015

April is National Poetry Month!

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  You can search the Literary Map by genre.  Just select Poetry to see 167 North Carolina poetry collections!  Selections include:

Among the Believers by Ron Rash

Bloodfire by Fred Chappell

License My Roving Hands by Juanita Brown Tobin

Rhythm a Little Lumbee by Lewis Barton

You can find out more about National Poetry Month here.

April 9, 2015

NC Writers' Network Spring Conference -- Saturday, April 18th at UNCG!

Spaces are filling up quickly for the NC Writers' Network Spring Conference 2015!  You can check out the updated schedule here and register here (pre-registration closes on Sunday).  The conference will take place in the MHRA Building on The University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus on Saturday, April 18th.  For more information about this year's conference, check out the NC Writers' Network website.  We hope to see you next Saturday!

April 2, 2015

Lanier Library Poetry Festival Will Offer Free Workshops

Two free workshops will introduce young writers to the world of poetry and songwriting during this year’s 2nd Annual Lanier Library Poetry Festival on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25.

The writing workshops are for poets at all levels of skill and intent. This year, workshops will be offered for budding poets from elementary school through high school. Workshop topics cover poetry styles, forms, techniques, and the hard tasks of revision and publication.

This is the second year of Lanier Library’s poetry festival, held in celebration of National Poetry Month and of the Library's namesake, Sidney Lanier, whose widow donated two volumes of Lanier’s poetry to begin the library’s collection in 1890.

The keynote speaker will be Richard Blanco, the Presidential Inaugural Poet selected to read at Barack Obama’s swearing in ceremony in 2013.

For a complete schedule of events, locations and registration information for the festival, including luncheon, readings and workshops, visit                                    

March 26, 2015

Carolina Writers Conference 2015!

The Carolina Writers Conference is coming up in just a few weeks!  D.G. Martin, host of UNC-TV’s "North Carolina Bookwatch," will deliver the keynote address.  This all-day conference will feature a variety of workshops that cover topics ranging from fiction and marketing to publishing and printing. The conference will take place on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, in Wadesboro, NC.  For more information about registration, please visit the CWC website.  Deadline is April 10!

March 5, 2015

David Joy to Present Debut Novel at City Lights

Webster author David Joy will present his new novel on Friday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Where All Light Tends to Go is set in Jackson County and tells the story of Jacob McNeely, a young man who is in a fight against his fate.  Says Ron Rash about the book, “A savage and moving account of a young man’s attempt to transcend his family’s legacy of violence. Where All Light Tends to Go is an outstanding debut and a fine addition to the country-noir vein of southern literature.”  David Joy's stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Drafthorse Literary JournalSmoky Mountain LivingWilderness House Literary ReviewPisgah Review, and Flycatcher, and he is the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey.

January 15, 2015

Film Based on Ron Rash's Novel Debuts in Select Theaters

The World Made Straight opened in select theaters last weekend. The film is set in Western North Carolina and is based on a novel by North Carolina native Ron Rash.  Check out the author's listing in the North Carolina Literary Map here.  The film follows a legacy of violence dating back to the Civil War.  An excerpt of a review from the New York Post follows:  "In the North Carolina Appalachians, where Union sympathizers and Rebels once clashed, 'Time doesn’t pass, it just layers over things'. In The World Made Straight, it’s the early 1970s and some of the blood is seeping up to the topsoil."

December 2, 2014

2014 NC Writers' Network Fall Conference

We enjoyed ourselves at the NC Writers' Network Fall Conference 2014.  The conference was held in Charlotte this year and featured accomplished faculty and professionals speaking about a variety of topics.  Classes and workshops covered tips and techniques for writing for a wide range of literary genres.  The conference also included critiquing sessions, book sales, panel discussions, and much more.  We're already looking forward to next year's conference!