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.

The 10th Eastern Annual North Carolina Literary Homecoming

GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina University will honor the region’s literary traditions September 20 – 21. The Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming (ENCLH) presented by the “North Carolina Literary Review and Joyner Library will offer interactive writing workshops in addition to panel presentations. This year’s theme, “North Carolina: A State of Change, A Changing State,” focuses on change in North Carolina and how it is reflected in the state’s literature.
For ten years, the ENCLH has been nourishing and revitalizing the creative spirit for writers as the event provides a place where artists and community members can interact and share ideas. The theme of the annual event mirrors the theme of the award-winning “North Carolina Literary Review’s” special feature section. The writers coming to ECU are featured in the pages of NCLR’s current and forthcoming print and online issues.
Each year, the Literary Homecoming kicks off on Friday evening with the presentation of the Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration. This year the award will be presented to former North Carolina Poet Laureate and UNC–Greensboro Professor Emeritus Fred Chappell for his significant influence upon the literature of North Carolina.
Also on Friday evening, guests can enjoy a reading from Wiley Cash, author of “A Land More Kind than Home, and music by poet-musician Jim Clark of Barton College.
“Joyner Library is pleased to host the Literary Homecoming again this year,” says Jan Lewis, interim dean of the library.  “The Friday evening dessert reception, sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library, is always a wonderful way to start the weekend.  We invite members of the community to celebrate the literary traditions of North Carolina with us at this two-day event.”
On Saturday, several North Carolina writers will take part in two different panels. The first will focus on “Tarheel Literature in Black and White.” The second will focus on the emerging Latina/o voices among North Carolina writers and the resulting literary and cultural production that represents the experiences, needs, and aspirations of the Latina/o communities in the state.
According to Javier Lorenzo, Chair of the Spanish Curriculum Committee at ECU, “Given the extraordinary growth of the Hispanic population in Eastern NC, there is no better time to meet the authors featured in the Homecoming and to get acquainted with a literature that reflects the changing face of our state.”
At the lunch Saturday, Fred Chappell will present the 3rd James Applewhite Poetry Prize to the 2013 recipient, and Anna Jean Mayhew, author of “The Dry Grass of August, will read from her new novel in progress, “Tomorrow’s Bread.
The afternoon will feature six different workshops with visiting authors, covering the writing and presenting of poetry, fiction, playwriting, and memoir.
NCLREditor Margaret Bauer invites everyone to read interviews and essays from many of the writers participating in this year’s Literary Homecoming, in the recently released 2013 issue of the “North Carolina Literary Review, and then join us at ECU to meet these literary stars in person in September.
All events, except for Saturday author’s luncheon ($12) are free and open to the public. For program and registration information, go to, call 252.328.1537, or


Twain expert to speak on ‘Civil War Confessions’

Author and Texas A&M University Distinguished professor Jerome Loving, a Mark Twain biographer, is set to give a lecture at ECU.

Author and Texas A&M University Distinguished professor Jerome Loving, a Mark Twain biographer, is set to give a lecture at ECU.

Author and Texas A&M University Distinguished English Professor Jerome Loving, whose published works include a Mark Twain biography, will give a lecture titled, “Mark Twain’s Civil War Confession,” as part of FaculTea. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. April 25, at Joyner Library.

Loving, author of 2010’s “Mark Twain The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens,” also has written biographies of Walt Whitman and Theodore Dreiser.

Loving’s honors include a 2007 National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship, and the 2007-2008 “We the People” project for biography for the Mark Twain John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

He earned his Ph.D. in English from Duke University.

Poet’s venue mirrors his influences


Dave Smith, a well-known Southern poet and professor, will give two readings in Greenville.

Dave Smith, a well-known Southern poet and professor, will give two readings in Greenville.

Noted poet and professor Dave Smith of Johns Hopkins University will give a free reading at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Greenville Museum of Art. On Wednesday, Smith will give another reading as the guest speaker at the Robert Penn Warren Exhibit at Joyner Library, part of the Contemporary Writers Series, hosted by the library from 4 to 5:30 p.m. 

Smith is the Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry at the Maryland university. His poetry depicts our country’s changing landscape and its changing South. Smith’s influences include the late Robert Penn Warren, a writer, critic, and professor, who won three Pulitzer Prices, and served as the first Poet Laureate. Warren’s impact on Smith makes the library exhibit an ideal venue for his performance.

Smith’s other influences include the late James Dickey and the late A.R. Ammons, a North Carolinian, who was a renowned poet and novelist.

The event will be held amid an exhibit that contains some of the most notable work from the Stuart Wright Collection and the largest collection of Warren material outside of Yale University.

For information, contact Tom Douglass at 328-6723 or email him at


Genre discussion through the lens of literature and history

Andrew Hadfield

Andrew Hadfield

Gerald Prokopowicz

Gerald Prokopowicz

A roundtable discussion titled, “Biography or Creative Nonfiction?: Problems and Possibilities,” will feature a guest literature scholar and an ECU historian at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Joyner Library, Room 2409. Then, at 6:30 p.m., a paper on a topic about Early Modern England, will be presented at the Science Technology Building.

Andrew Hadfield, of the University of Sussex’s Department of English, Centre for Early Modern Studies, will lead the afternoon discussion, along with ECU’s Gerald Prokopowicz.

Hadfield is the author of the 2012 book, “Edmund Spenser: A Life,” and Prokopowicz, is the author of the 2008 book, “Did Lincoln Own Slaves? And Other Frequently Asked Questions about Abraham Lincoln.”

Hadfield also will present a paper in the evening at the Science Technology Building, OC Room 309, titled, “The Culture of Lying in Early Modern England.”

The free event includes coffee afterward. It’s jointly sponsored by Wichard Chair funds, the English and History departments, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program, and the journal, “Explorations in Renaissance Culture.”

Professor to discuss ‘Literary Studies in the Digital Age’

English professor Kenneth Price of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the guest speaker at an event featuring ECU digital humanities projects.

English professor Kenneth Price of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the guest speaker at an event featuring ECU digital humanities projects.

Kenneth Price, the Hillegass University Professor of American Literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will share his expertise on the topic of “Literary Studies in a Digital Age,” at a free event held at the Greenville Museum of Art from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3.

Price is the featured speaker at the Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities: Digital Humanities at ECU and Beyond event.

In addition to Price, highlights of the program will include about seven ECU digital humanities projects, including two from the English Department:  associate professor of English Thomas Herron’s “Centering Spenser: A digital resource for the Munster Plantation” and Whichard Professor of English Gary Stringer’s “Digital Donne”.

To attend, please RSVP by March 29 to

For information, contact Kate LaMere at


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