July Fourth, also known as Independence Day, is the day on which the United States colonists declared freedom from Great Britain in 1776. To honor "America's Birthday," here are some titles pertaining to the American Revolution, the war surrounding Independence Day, and the United States' fight for freedom:
Oxford American just published a new interview with poet and UNCG alumna Ansel Elkins. In it, Elkins discusses her poetry, her upbringing and family, and what inspires her to write. You can read the interview here.
Mark your calendars for the NC Writers Network Fall Conference, November 20-22, in Asheville! The conference rotates annually and is held every year in a major hotel. The weekend will be packed with writers from around the country and activities such as lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. When more information is available, you can find it here!
The One City, One Book selection for this year is Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. The Greensboro Public Library, along with several community partners, leads a city-wide reading of a selected title every other year. The readings are followed by discussion, films, theatrical productions, and more to engage the community in the themes of the selected title. For more information about this year's selection, see One City, One Book 2015. Happy reading!
Gabrielle Freeman of Greenville, NC, is the winner of the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for her poem, “Failure to Obliterate.” She will receive $200 and publication in a special supplement of storySouth. Freeman's poetry has been published or is forthcoming in many journals, including Beecher’s Magazine, Chagrin River Review, Gabby, Hobart, Melancholy Hyperbole, Minetta Review, Shenandoah, and Waxwing. She has been nominated twice for the Best of the Net, and she was a finalist in 2014. In 2013, she earned her MFA in poetry through Converse College.
The first runner-up was “Testimony,” by Ann Deagon of Greensboro. “Every Field of Paradise,” by Chapel Hill’s Ralph Earle, was second runner-up. The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years. storySouth is an online literary journal dedicated to showcasing the best poetry (and fiction and creative nonfiction) that writers from the "new south" have to offer.
The 2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency runs from Thursday, July 23
through Sunday, July 26. This summer's program will be held at East Carolina University and willoffer intensive workshops with
accomplished instructors, group events such as readings, discussions, and meals, and a
chance to share your work and bond with other dedicated writers.
Registrants will select workshop sessions in the genre of their
Nonfiction, or Poetry.
These sessions will begin on Friday morning and continue until mid-day
Sunday, July 26. For more information about the program and how to
register, click here.