Blair is a nonprofit, independent press that publishes diverse books, including literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction about the American South and beyond. New titles include Any Other Place, a collection of stories by Michael Croley. Publisher’s Weekly promised, “Readers will relish these melancholy stories of everyday and exceptional tragedies.” Useful Phrases for Immigrants by May-Lee Chai is a luminous and sharp-eyed story collection for an increasingly globalized world, while All We Know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women, edited by Enid Shomer, won the 2019 IPPY Bronze Medal for Specialty Poetry and was a 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES Finalist for Anthologies. Blair accepts nonfiction book proposals year-round; they accept fiction and memoir through their three annual contests. Follow Blair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and visit them on the web.
Bull City Press (www.bullcitypress.com)
Established in 2006, Bull City Press published a tiny literary magazine, Inch; as well as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry chapbooks. Recent titles include the poetry chapbooks Tunsiya/Amrikiya by Leila Chatti and Writing Your Name on the Glass by Jim Whiteside; and the forthcoming The Wishbone Dress by Cassandra J. Bruner, winner of the 2019 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. The 2020 Frost Place Chapbook Competition is now open for submissions, through January 5, 2020. In summer 2020, the winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press, and the winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250.00 stipend. The winner will also receive a full fellowship to attend the five-and-a-half-day Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place in August 2020, including room and board (a cash value of approximately $1,500.00), and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar. In addition, the chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and writing in The Frost Place House-Museum in September 2020 (peak leaf season in the White Mountains), at a time agreed upon by the fellow and The Frost Place. Follow Bull City Press on Faecbook and Twitter, or visit them on the web.
Charlotte Readers Podcast (www.charlottereaderspodcast.com)
This podcast, which is midway through its fourth season, lets listeners meet Charlotte-area authors and those who visit the Queen City, and hear writers read their work. Author and host Landis Wade encourages authors to read and talk about their award-winning, published, and emerging works, the kind of stories and poems that touch the emotions, followed by the kind of questions and answers that offer depth and insight into the readings. Wade is a recovering trial lawyer who starts each day walking Gus and Lori, two rescue dogs named after characters from Larry McMurtry’s classic western, Lonesome Dove. Recent guests include Scott Huler, author of A Delicious Country: Rediscovering the Carolinas along the Route of John Lawson’s 1700 Expedition; crime writer Nora Gaskin; and Philip Gerard, who recently won the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor. The Charlotte Readers Podcast is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and on the World Wide Web.
Charlotte Writers’ Club (www.charlottewritersclub.org)
The Flatiron Writers Room, located in vibrant West Asheville, provides space for writers to learn, teach, read, celebrate and, of course, write. An outgrowth of the Flatiron Writers, founded in 1993, the Flatiron Writers Room hosts workshops, events, and a co-working space for writers. In addition, their space is available for rent to writers who want to teach, host a book launch, or hold a writers’ group or book club meeting. They recently launched their first online course. Recent events have included a literary agent panel and pitch slam; a class on podcasting; and a class on grant and proposal writing. The Flatiron Writers Room will host the Pre-Conference Tailgate on Friday, November 8, at 12:00 pm, prior to the opening of registration at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference. FWR member AK Benninghofen will lead a workshop that will concentrate on the art of discovery. The Pre-Conference Tailgate is free and open to the public; one does not need to be a member of FWR or NCWN to attend; and one does not need to register for the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference. Follow the Flatiron Writers Room on Facebook or learn more at www.flatironwritersroom.com.
The Greensboro Review (http://www.greensbororeview.org)
The Greensboro Review, a literary magazine published by The MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been willfully and defiantly “old school” since it’s founding in 1966. Back then, it appeared more or less exactly as it does today, offering readers a simple cover, no distracting graphics, and a complete and total focus on the quality of the text. Recent authors include Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, whose poem “Miss Sahar Listens to Fairuz Sing ‘The Bees’ Path,'” won the Robert Watson Literary Prize for Poetry, and Sarah Heying, whose short story “The Chair Kickers’ Tale,” won the same prize in Fiction. Past contributors include Dan Albergotti, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former NC Poet Laureate Fred Chapell, Philip Gerard—recipient of the 2019 NC Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor—and Emilia Phillips. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or on the World Wide Web.Hermit Feathers Press (www.hermitfeatherspress.com)
Launched this year, Hermit Feathers Press is a small, independent publisher focused on regional poetry of the Southeastern United States. So far, they’ve published two poetry collections: Janet Joyner’s Whaee Neck and Visitations by Jenny Bates. A new poetry collection by Donna Love Wallace, Between the Stones, comes out this month. Hermit Feathers Press accepts full-length manuscript submissions year-round; chapbook submissions April 1 through June 30; and submissions to its literary magazine, Hermit Feathers Review, January 1 through March 31. Learn more at their website.
Hub City Press (www.hubcity.org)
Founded in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1995, Hub City Press has emerged as the South’s premier independent literary press. Focused on finding and spotlighting extraordinary new and unsung writers from the American South, their curated list champions diverse authors and books that don’t fit into the commercial publishing landscape. The press has published over eighty high-caliber literary works, including novels, short stories, poetry, memoir, and books emphasizing the region’s culture and history. Hub City is interested in books with a strong sense of place and is committed to introducing a diverse roster of lesser-heard Southern voices. Recent titles include the poetry collection Dusk & Dark by Esteban Rodriguez and the novel The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels. Hub City editor Meg Reid will lead the session “What Writers Should Know About Book Design” at the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference. Follow Hub City on Facebook, Instagram, and visit their website, www.hubcity.org.
Malaprop’s is the offical bookseller of the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference. An independent bookseller located in downtown Asheville, Malaprop’s carries a carefully curated selection of books for adults, children, and young adults, as well as a large array of gift items. Founded in 1982 by Emoke B’Racz, veteran staff-member Gretchen Horn became the majority owner in January, 2019. Malaprop’s maintains a lively events calendar featuring regional and national authors. Attendees of the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference will be able to buy books by conference faculty at the Malaprop’s table, on-site at the conference. Subscribe to Malaprop’s newsletter here. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and visit them on the web.
Morningstar Law Group (www.morningstarlawgroup.com)
Morningstar Law Group is a law firm with offices in Raleigh and Durham, NC that focuses on legal services for businesses and entrepreneurs. Attorney Mitch Tuchman has taught at several NCWN conferences. He focuses on three key areas: Dispute Resolution; Copywright Opinions; and Negotiations/Transactions. In May, 2018, Mitch and his team at Morningstar assisted Holloway Literary with the negotiation of a motion picture option for a novel, Not Her Daughter, by Rea Frey, one of the agency’s clients. Mitch understands copyright issues from the author’s perspective because he has been both a writer and publisher himself. Mitch writes and speaks frequently on copyright law, recently about the nine unsuccessful plaintiffs who sued James Cameron, claiming his motion picture Avatar infringed their works. Morningstar Law Group is on Facebook, Twitter, and the World Wide Web.
North Carolina Literary Map (www.library.uncg.edu/dp/nclitmap)
The mission of the North Carolina Literary Map is to highlight the literary heritage of the state by connecting the lives and creative work of authors to real (and imaginary) geographic locations. Through the development of a searchable and browseable data-driven online map, users are able to access a database, learning tools, and cultural resources, to deepen their understanding of specific authors as well as the cultural space that shaped these literary works. The NC Literary Map also offers apps for literary walking tours. There are three literary walking tours for Asheville, including one for Buncombe County; another for Zelda Fitzgerald; and a third focusing on Thomas Wolfe. The NC Literary Map is on Facebook, Twitter, and you can visit them on the web.
North Carolina Literary Review (www.nclr.ecu.edu)
Published since 1992 by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the North Carolina Literary Review facilitates the annual Doris Betts Fiction Prize for the North Carolina Writers’ Network and sponsors the annual James Applewhite Poetry Prize. The most-recent issue, 2019 (#28), spotlights North Carolina African-American Literature. Features include an interview with NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Randall Kenan; an interview with Jason Mott, who has taught at a past NCWN Conference; an interview with Stephanie Powell Watts, who judged the 2018 Doris Betts Fiction Prize; and poems by L. Teresa Church, Kevin Dublin, Glenis Redmond, and many more. NCLR publishes interviews and literary criticism about North Carolina writers and high-quality poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction by North Carolina writers or set in North Carolina. Their definition of a North Carolina writer is anyone who currently lives in North Carolina, has lived in North Carolina, or uses North Carolina as subject matter. Follow them on Facebook and learn more on their website.
North Carolina Poetry Society (www.ncpoetrysociety.org)
The North Carolina Poetry Society was founded in 1932. With more than 350 members from North Carolina and beyond, NCPS is an all-volunteer organization devoted to poets and lovers of poetry. The Poetry Society holds regular meetings four times a year in Southern Pines at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. In addition, NCPS sponsors annual contests for adults and students, which offer cash prizes and award certificates; the annual Poet Laureate Award, judged by the state’s poet laureate; the annual Brockman-Campbell Book Award, recognizing the best book published by a North Carolina poet; and the annual Lena M. Shull Book Award, selecting for publication the best full-length unpublished poetry manuscript by a poet living in North Carolina, where the wining manuscript is published by St. Andrews University Press, and the winning poet leads a workshop and gives a reading at Poetry Day Hickory in April. In 2003, the NCPS Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, where three distinguished North Carolina poets are selected annually to mentor student poets in the eastern, central, and western regions of the state. Now in its 9th year, this program is thriving as a significant expansion of NCPS outreach. They’re on Facebook, Twitter, and on the World Wide Web.
NCWN Regional Reps (www.ncwriters.org/index.php/our-members/regional-reps)
One exhibitor table at Fall Conference will be devoted to our regional groups. The North Carolina Writers’ Network hosts monthly, free literary events through our Regional and County Representatives in fifty-one counties in North Carolina plus one each in Georgia and South Carolina. Come to the table to find information about ongoing events in an county near you! This is a great way to meet local writers and find your support network closer to home. You’re bound to leave Fall Conference excited to get back to your writing, and our regional groups are one way we keep that inspiration flowing between conferences. (This exhibit table also will serve as a Welcome Station for first-time conferencegogers and new members!) For a full listing of our regional reps, click here.
Orison Books (www.orisonbooks.com)
Orison [“or-ə-sən”] is an archaic word that means “prayer.” Orison Books beleives that the best spiritual art and literature call us to meditate and contemplate, rather than asking us to adopt any ideology or set of propositions. The kind of work they seek to publish has a transcendent aesthetic effect on the reader, and reading it can itself be a spiritual experience. Orison Books seeks to be broad, inclusive, and open to perspectives spanning the spectrum of spiritual and religious thought, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Orison Books will serve as a home for writers and readers of all backgrounds, religious or non-religious. In addition to publishing exceptional spiritually engaged poetry, fiction, and nonfiction books, they publish The Orison Anthology, an annual collection of the best spiritual writing in all genres published in periodicals during the preceding year. They are open to anthology submisisons year ’round. The Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction, for book-length manuscripts, opens December 1. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and visit them on the web.
Press 53 (www.press53.com)
Press 53 has been finding and sharing remarkable voices in poetry and short fiction since October, 2005, having published more than 200 titles that have earned more than seventy awards. Press 53 has published poetry and short fiction collections by authors from thirty-five states, including six state poets laureate. In 2011, Press 53 established Prime Number Magazine, a free online journal of distinctive poetry and short fiction. The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is now open for submissions. New titles include the poetry collections Slavery and Freedom on Paul’s Hill by NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson and Play Me a Revolution by Lindsey Royce; as well as The Lightness of Water & Other Stories by Rhonda Browning White, winner of the 2019 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction; and Bleachers: Fifty-Four Linked Fictions by Joseph Mills. Learn more at www.Press53.com; like them on Facebook; and follow them on Twitter.
Smoky Mountain Living (www.smliv.com)
Smoky Mountain Living is a magazine dedicated to the history, culture, beauty, outdoors and arts of the Southern Appalachian mountains. SML covers the Southern Appalachians and celebrates the area’s environmental riches, its people, culture, music, arts, history, and special places. Each issue brings the Appalachians to life. Published six times each year, SML is a magazine for those who want to learn more about where they live and those who want to stay in touch with where they love. SML’s office is located in historic downtown Waynesville. Smoky Mountain Living is sponsoring Sunday morning’s breakfast panel, “Agents & Editors.” Follow them on Facebook and Twitter and visit them on the web, www.smliv.com.
The Thomas Wolfe MFA in Creative Writing Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University (www.lr.edu/writing-degree)
The Thomas Wolfe MFA in Creative Writing Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Master of Arts in Writing is designed to prepare students for careers in creative writing, the teaching of writing, and/or the development of advanced writing skills as a powerful tool within one’s chosen profession. In addition to fundamental courses in rhetorical theory, editing, and publishing, students participate in a journey of discovery–exploring the evolution of a literary genre through reading select works. Students engage scholarship in literature, narrative theory, and creative process development to prepare to be the storytellers and story interpreters in professional and cultural environments. The program is directed by Laura Hope-Gill, former Poet Laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway, who will lead the session “Write with the Wolfe—a Poetry/Prose Poetry Rebellion.” The program also is the sponsor of Friday night’s Welcome Reception. Be sure to visit their website.
The University of Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (www.greatsmokies.unca.edu)
The University of Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program is a Blue Ridge Level sponsor of the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference. A joint effort between the UNC Asheville departments of English, Creative Writing, and the Asheville Graduate Center, the program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers. The program is committed to providing the community with affordable university-level classes led by published writers and experienced teachers. Each course carries academic credit awarded through UNC Asheville. Several faculty members will lead sessions at the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference, including Meta Commerse (“Story Medicine 2.0”); Christine Hale (“Power Up the Truth You Tell: 5 Techniques for Realizing the Creative Potential of Your Nonfiction”); NCWN trustee Tommy Hays (“If You’re Afraid to Write about It, Write about It”); and Heather Newton (“Thievery, Loss and Scars: A Fiction Workshop”). Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and visit them on the web.
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