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number 25 2016


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NCLR 2016 Contents

celebrating 25 Years of the

North Carolina Connections: An Interview
NCLR Editor Margaret Bauer
by Zackary Vernon
with Annie Frazier and Donna Kain

Tomes and Ducks
a poem by Jennifer Weiss
art by Joan Mansfield

Boone Summer: Adventures of a Bad Environmentalist
the 2015 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize essay by Zackary Vernon

Splitting Oak
a poem by Richard Betz
art by Ronald G. Robertson

Keeping the Story Alive: Revisiting the Artistry of Donald Davis, John Foster West, Robert Inman, Hilda Downer, and Ron Rash           
by Anna Dunlap Higgins-Harrell

Swallowhead Spring
a poem by Benjamin Pryor
art by Stephen H. Smith

A Drama of Class and Race:
Southern Progressivism in
Paul Green’s
The House of Connelly
by Kelly Vines

Achmed’s Lesson
the 2015 Doris Betts Fiction Prize story
by Brad Field
art by Robert Dunning

Why We Are "The Writingest State"
by Ed Southern

The Deep Shovel:
A Conversation with Jaki Shelton Green

by Amber Flora Thomas

Hear the poet talk about her work at the 2014 NC Writers Conference.

A Literary Mission Accomplished:
Twenty Years of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective

by L. Teresa Church

Spring Tree Egg, She-Who-Changed, Alice, and Night Blooming Cereus
four poems by Marly Youmans
art from the ECU African Art Collection
and by Michael Dorsey and Sally Sutton

Great Dismal Day in the Morning
by Nathan Dixon



Where the Neuse Leads
a poem by Madison Garris
art by Paul Hartley

Rediscovering Mary Hancock,
"Warrior For Whimsey"
by Liz McGuffey

Window in Winter Light
a poem by Robert Hill
art by Tony Bradley

Up Battle Creek
a poem by Joan McLean
art by Aspen Hochhalter

In the Company of Other Writers: An Interview With Marjorie Hudson
by Anne Anthony

Apotheosis of the Boar and The Death of the Cat
two poems by Florence Nash
art by Warren Hicks

He’s Right Here, He Says
a short story by Jim Grimsley
art by Kiki Farish

The Family of North Carolina’s Brothers Price:
An Interview with William S. Price, Jr.

by James W. Clark, Jr.

a poem by Annie Frazier
art by Diana Bloomfield

Dreaming England, Among the Empiricists, and The Serpent
three poems by James Applewhite
art by Billy Lee, Jordan Parah, and Joyce Stratton

Imprinted with Place:
A Conversation at Home with James Applewhite

by Rob McDonald

We Could Call This Church
a poem by Marty Silverthorne
art by Jim Jacobs

To Be Emma Bovary  
the 2015 James Applewhite Poetry Prize poem
by Debra Kaufman
art by Kate Worm

Laughter in the Afternoon:
An Interview with Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle
by Barbara Bennett

For Every Passion Something: The Myriad Book Clubs of North Carolina
by Cynthia Lewis


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