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North Carolina Literary Review Traces the Scars of War in 23rd Issue



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North Carolina Literary Review Traces the Scars of War in 23rd Issue

GREENVILLE, NC – June 1, 2014

For its 2014 print issue, North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) devotes its special feature section to “War in North Carolina Literature.” This in-depth exploration includes an interview with author Robert Morgan, who points out, “It is one of the mysteries of human life, and human history that intelligent people, often ethical people, kill each other so often and on such a scale.”  Readers will also find David Cecelski’s fascinating analysis of recordings made by a young Arthur Miller (well before he became one of America’s greatest playwrights) during a visit to Wilmington in the fall of 1941, just weeks before the US – and Wilmington – were forever changed by the Second World War. There is also a discussion with Ron Rash and Terry Roberts about the World War I German internment camp that existed right here in North Carolina, and is central to novels by both authors; an essay about a post-apocalyptic civil war in William Forstchen’s novel One Second After; and an essay about little-known African American author James McGirt, who wrote about black soldiers in the Spanish American War. These join Claudette Cohen’s short story “The Mayor of Biscoe,” winner of the 2013 Doris Betts Fiction Prize, which details the struggle of life for a soldier after he has left the battlefield. Quoting Robert Morgan in her introduction to the section, NCLR Editor Margaret Bauer writes, “Cohen understands, as do these other insightful writers, that there is no ‘delight’ in war.”

The 2014 “Flashbacks” section, with essays and poetry by and about writers featured in past issues, includes an essay by Paul Baggett on author Charles Chesnutt’s Marrow of Tradition, which is based on the Wilmington coup d’etat of 1898, as well as Jordan Stone’s essay on Michael Malone’s 1983 novel Handling Sin. In addition, Allan Gurganus flips from author to subject in Zackary Vernon’s essay, which delves into the Halloween horror show, held each year at Gurganus’s home, and Shirley Stave takes a look at Lee Smith’s 2002 novel The Last Girls. These essays accompany poems by Susan Laughter Meyers, winner of the 2013 James Applewhite Poetry Prize, as well as poems by James Applewhite, for whom the competition is named, and Fred Chappell, who served as final judge for last year’s competition.

Great work also finds a home in NCLR in the “North Carolina Miscellany” section, which this year features paintings by the writer Clyde Edgerton together with the poetry from Hannah Bonner, another of the 2013 Applewhite competition finalists. And Annie Frazier, daughter of Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier, shows off her own literary talents in the short story “Sakura,” a finalist for the 2013 Doris Betts Fiction Prize. “You will see when you read her story that writing talent runs in the family,” writes Bauer.

Looking to the future, readers of NCLR will be pleased to note the announcement of a new NCLR creative nonfiction competition in 2015, with the winner published in the 2016 edition, to celebrate the 25th issue of NCLR. The Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize, named for the founding editor, will be open to any writer who fits the NCLR definition of a North Carolina writer: anyone who currently lives in North Carolina, has lived in North Carolina, or uses North Carolina as subject matter.

The issue also announces next year’s theme: “Global North Carolina,” and invites writers to submit for this issue by August 31.

The cover art for NCLR 2014 was designed by Dana Ezzell Gay, an associate professor at Meredith College in Raleigh and NCLR Art Director since 2008. Other contributing designers include Gay’s student Karen Baltimore; Stephanie Whitlock Dicken, who teaches at Pitt Community College; and Dave Cox of Five to Ten Design in Washington, NC.

Published by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, NCLR has won numerous awards. NCLR 2014 will go out to subscribers in June and will be available in independent bookstores across the state. To subscribe to the print issue, go to

“Shakespeare in America” – March 27 Voyages Lecture

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Interim Dean John C. Sutherland invites you to attend the Thomas Harriot Lecture, the final lecture in the 2013-14 Thomas Harriot Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Dr. James S. Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will discuss “Shakespeare in America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Wright Auditorium.


Shapiro, who is also the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York City, will give his presentation as part of a series of events celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The lecture is co-sponsored by the THCAS Department of English, and the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.


Tickets for this lecture are free to all attendees and are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office located in Mendenhall Student Center, or by calling 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.


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Fourth Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational, co-hosted by The North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery

ApplewhiteThe North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery are co-hosting an opening reception for the Fourth Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational on March 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
For this event, artists submit various multimedia works inspired by the poems of Dr. Applewhite, a frequent contributor to the North Carolina Literary Review and a winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature, as well as an inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Dr. Applewhite will speak briefly and read his poems at 7:00 p.m.


Please join us for the event.

See the website below for a list of new releases!

Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities

Wednesday, November 13th, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Please join us for the next Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities event! Gender Around the Globe One of our new colleagues, Erin Frost is speaking at the November 13 Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities. Come out to support this event!  

Featuring Presentations By:

Purificacion Martinez
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Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
“Gendering the Monarchy: Kingship and Queenship in Castigos y Documentos del Rey don Sancho”

Erin Frost

Erin Frost

Assistant Professor, Department of English
“Exploding Monocultures of Gender: Perspectives on Health and Medical Rhetorics”

Mona Russell
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Associate Professor, Department of History
Egyptian Advertising and the Body Politic: 1922-1936”

This Event Will Be Held at the Greenville Museum of Art  Located on 802 South Evans Street Greenville, NC 27858 Phone: (252) 758-1946 Please RSVP by Friday, November 8 by going here:

November 13th: Poetry Reading

There will be an evening of poetry reading at the Gray Gallery, ECU School of Art and Design, on the evening of Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Poets Crystal Good ( and Amber Flora Thomas ( will be reading from their most recent publications:

Crystal Good - Valley Girl

Crystal Good is a writer poet living in West Virginia with her three sons. Her first chapbook of poetry, Valley Girl, explores themes in quantum physics, Appalachian culture, gender equality and mountaintop removal.

As a member of the Affrilachian (African-American-Appalachian) Poets (, she has been a featured poet/speaker at universities and colleges.

Amber Flora Thomas, Poetry NYC

Amber Flora Thomas is a professor of poetry and creative writing at East Carolina University. Her lyric poems often engage the body as a record of loss and accrual. She is the recipient of several major poetry awards, including the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize and Ann Stanford Prize. Her published work includes Eye of Water: Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), which won the Cave Canem Prize and The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems (University of Alaska Press, 2012).



For more information, please contact Lisa Beth Robinson at: 252/328-5480 or

November 19th: A Jazz Celebration of Langston Hughes

Tuesday, November 19th: Noted jazz musician Stuart Mindeman will be performing personally composed musical settings of poetry by Langston Hughes. The event will take place at 7:30 pm at Speight Auditorium, which is in the Leo Jenkins Fine Art Center. The event is absolutely free, and supported by the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities and the Department of English.

All lyrics copyrighted 1994 by the Estate of Langston Hughes.

Keith Flynn Reading Live @ Mendenhall on September 24th

Rocker. Poet. Performer. We are thrilled to announce that Keith Flynn will be reading on September 24th! The event will be held in Mendenhall 244 at 3:30 PM. Curious minds can check out Keith’s homepage as we begin to prepare for what should be a can’t-miss performance!

“A tornado speed tour through modern and postmodern poetics. . .and one of the most engaging, soulful, generous, and truly exciting books I have ever read.”

- Fred Chappell

“[The Rhythm Method] is destined to become a classic reference and teaching resource.”

- The Writer’s Digest Roundtable of Editors

Keith Flynn was born August 4, 1962. He studied at Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) where he studied Creative Writing and Political Science. While at UNCA, Flynn was instrumental in founding the student newspaper, The Blue Banner, and in 1985 won the Sandburg Prize for Poetry. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1987 and formed the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie(1992), Pouch (1996) and Nervous Splendor (2003), an innovative compilation of music and spoken word. Serving as lyricist and lead singer from 1986 to 1998, Flynn’s poems were blasted to full effect by the double-barreled sonic accompaniment of The Crystal Zoo. As a widely traveled poet and performer, Flynn uses many different voices to accomplish his aims.

Flynn is the author of five collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters(1994), The Lost Sea (2000), and The Golden Ratio (2007), and the forthcoming Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013).   His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, journals, and anthologies in the United States and Europe, including The American Literary Review, EcotoneCave Wall, The Poetics of American Song LyricsThe Carolina QuarterlyThe Colorado ReviewCrazyhorseThe Cuirt Journal (Ireland), Earth and Soul: The Kostroma Anthology (Russia), The 20th Century Anthology of NC PoetsPoetry WalesTakahe (New Zealand), MargieShenandoahQuarterly Review (Singapore), Rattle, and The Southern Poetry Review.
He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, for the Pushcart Prize, was awarded the Paumanok Poetry Prize in 1996, and has given thousands of performances from his work across North America and abroad. (


NCLR Press Release


North Carolina Literary Review Explores the Changing State of North Carolina

GREENVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) focuses on the state’s ever-changing historical, environmental, and literary landscape in its 2013 issue.

The issue’s special feature section includes interviews with Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier; Maria DeGuzmán, founder of the Latina/o Studies program at UNC-Chapel Hill; and novelists Wiley Cash and Anna Jean Mayhew. It also has essays by Bland Simpson and Gustavo Perez Firmat, a short story by Big Fish author Daniel Wallace, and the 2012 James Applewhite Poetry Prize poem by Mark Smith-Soto. “North Carolina’s constant state of change is reflected and recorded in the state’s literature,” writes editor Margaret Bauer in her introduction to the special feature section. “One of the greatest of North Carolina’s gifts is its literature.”

Other sections of the issue feature a series of poetry and prose by former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell; poetry by James Applewhite, a member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame; and the second-place and honorable mention poems by Laurence G. Avery and Grace Cloris Ocasio from the 2012 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition,; and “The Saint,” a short story by Leah Hampton, which won the 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize.

Also in the 2013 issue: UNC-Asheville Professor Erica Abrams Locklear discusses the Native American connection, specifically the Lumbee Indians, in the novel Mandy Oxendine by late-nineteenth/early twentieth-century African American writer Charles Chesnutt, which was not published until 1997. Elon University Professor Anthony Hatcher reintroduces James Ross, author of one novel, They Don’t Dance Much, originally published in 1940 and reprinted this year by Mysterious Press. And author Bland Simpson remembers his colleague Jerry Leath (Jake) Mills in a poignant essay about their friendship.

Published by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, NCLR has won numerous awards in its now 22 years of publication—most recently from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2010 for Best Journal Design. The 2013 issue received support, too, from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, for the James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition and from the North Carolina Writers Network, which sponsors the Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition. Several finalists from these competitions were published in NCLR Online earlier this year.

The cover art for NCLR 2013 is by Mary Shannon Johnstone and Dana Ezzell Gay, both on the faculty at Meredith College in Raleigh. Gay, NCLR Art Director since 2009, also designed the cover and much of the content. Other content designers include Pamela Cox of Five to Ten Design in Washington, NC; Stephanie Whitlock Dicken, a Pitt Community College graphic design instructor; and Karen Baltimore, a graphic design student at Meredith College.

NCLR 2013 will go out to subscribers in June and will be available in independent bookstores across the state. The official launch of the issue will take place at the Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming on the campus of East Carolina University, September 20–21. Several of the writers featured in this issue will be in Greenville for this event. For program information, go to

For a complete table of contents for this issue, subscription and purchase information, go to

Performance of Robert Siegel’s ‘Portraits: He Said…She Said’

Portraits.artwork-1024x521Performances September 6th and 7th. Admission: $5. Showtime: Approx. 60 minutes

PORTRAITS: HE SAID.. SHE SAID.. written by Robert Siegel is performed by two actors portraying men and women from different walks of life, different perspectives, and different ages. It covers a wide range of situations in our culture. There are twenty six monologs, 13 by a man, 13 by a woman, alternating, one at the end together. There are also three interludes where spoken word interacts with live music.


About the Author:

Robert Siegel recieved his B.A. from San Francisco Statue University and a M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. His plays have been produced Off Broadway at the John Houseman Studio Theatre, EST’s Octoberfest, and the New York Library for the Performing Arts at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, and regionally at the Mill Hill Playhouse in New Jersey, Charlotte Rep. He has written screenplays for Lumiere in New York and Film Magnum Oy in Finland. He teaches playwriting and screenwriting at ECU.