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June 25, 2015

Celebrate July Fourth with the Literary Map!

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:

The Mysterious Rifleman; A Story of the American Revolution

North Carolina in the Revolutionary War

Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781

The Colonial and Revolutionary Period, 1584-1783

Society in Revolutionary North Carolina


June 17, 2015

Ansel Elkins Interviewed by Oxford American

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.





June 8, 2015

NC Writers Network Fall Conference

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!





May 26, 2015

One City, One Book 2015

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!




May 20, 2015

Gabrielle Freeman of Greenville Wins Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

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.  

Gabrielle Freeman

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.


May 7, 2015

2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency

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 will offer 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 choice—FictionCreative 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.  

Jan DeBlieu (Creative Nonfiction)

Amber Flora Thomas (Poetry)

Luke Whisnant (Fiction)


May 1, 2015

Wilmington Native Wins 2015 Doris Betts Fiction Prize

Brad Field, a Wilmington Native and retired English professor, has been named winner of the 2015 Doris Betts Fiction Prize.  His story, "Achmed's Lesson," will appear in the North Carolina Literary Review’s 25th issue in 2016, and he will receive a prize of $250 from the North Carolina Writers' Network.  Read the full story here!