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2003-2004 Student
Staff Members:

Editorial Assistants

Pamela Walker Dees
Josette Michelle Downey
Maryscot Mullins


Susan Butler
Ryan Fulcher
Amber Kirby
Mary Catherine Knight
Amanda Phillips
Stuart W. Sanderson

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number 13 2004

Cover design by Mary Thiesen, with photography by Jim White

Featuring Ethnic North Carolina

Read the Editor's Introduction to the issue here.


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Table of Contents: Ethnic North Carolina | Creative Writing | Flashbacks | Food Finds | Book Reviews | NC Writers

Ethnic North Carolina

  • North Carolina's Multicultural Beginnings in History and Lore, by E. Thomson Shields
  • "There's always a story to tell": Creating Tradition on Qualla Boundary, by Karen J. McKinney
  • Wachovia Wilds, a poem by Allison Hedge Coke
  • Adantis, Land of Melded Cultures: An Interview with Marly Youmans, by Bes Stark Spangler
  • "The Sea as Destination," a poem by Philip Arnold
    art by Tim Bruce
  • "anything but surrender": Preserving Southern Appalachia in the Works of Ron Rash,
    by Anna Dunlap Higgins
  • The Binding Ties between Women, their Art, and the Mountains, a review by Joyce Compton Brown
  • Pauli Murray: A Case for the Poetry, by Christina G. Bucher
  • clay; big hair, fat kitchen, lean loc; kodak moments; and burn cork bop, four poems by Cherryl Floyd-Miller
    art by Shelton Bryant and Sharon Barksdale-Worth
  • Place in the Family, a poem by L. Teresa Church
    art by John Biggers
  • Investigating Social Injustice: BarbaraNeely's Blanche White Mysteries, by Ellen Arnold
  • Waiting for America and Isaac in Durham, two poems by Mendi Lewis Obadike
    art by Sharon Barksdale-Worth
  • Wind Song and Rhythmic Feet, two poems by Lenard D. Moore
    art by John Biggers and Sharon Barksdale-Worth
  • Actaeon and Diana, a poem by Alan Shapiro
    photography by Frank Hunter
  • Out of the Diaspora: Alan Shapiro on Poetry, Community and Life in the South, an interview by Sheryl Cornett
  • Origins and Closure: An Interview with Ariel Dorfman, by Robert Siegel; introduced by Stuart W. Sanderson with Lorraine Hale Robinson
  • "I was Pearl and my last name was Harbor": Monique Thuy-Dong Truong's "Kelly" and Ethnic Southern Memory, by Nahem Yousaf and Sharon Monteith
  • Yankees and Indians, an essay by Jennifer Vivekanand
    photography and design by Jennifer Vivekanand

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Creative Writing

  • St-Paul-de-Vence and Water Street, two poems by Michael White
    photography by Henry Stindt and Jim White
  • Doing Justice, an essay by Lee Zacharias
    photography by Candice Drohan
  • On the Hinge, an essay by Meredith Anton
    photography and design by Dana Ezzell Gay
  • Love Song, Gryllinae, a poem by Julie Kate Howard
    art by Susan Luddeke

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Flashbacks: Echoes of Past Issues

  • "in the kitchen"; or, The Things I Might Have Learned from Ed Dorn, by Bill Morris

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Food Finds

  • A View from the Kitchen: The Other Side of the Swinging Door, by Lorraine Hale Robinson

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Book Reviews

  • A Revisionist Perspective on the American Revolution in the South, a review of President Jimmy Carter's The Hornet's Nest, by Ed Piacentino
  • "attached to life at all four corners," a review of new novels by Michael Malone and Isabel Zuber, by Kristina Knotts
  • Seeking and Surviving, a review of recent short story collections by Joe Ashby Porter, Kat Meads, and Deborah Cumming, by Sally Lawrence
  • Family Reunions of Words, a review of recent collections of creative nonfiction by Tony Earley and Rebecca McClanahan, by Maryscot Mullins
  • Talking Back; or, "an irreverent retort," a review of Fred Chappell's Backsass, by Michael Poteat

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North Carolina Writers

  • Tom and Betsy's Family: Tobacco People, Memory, and Vernacular History, by Charles D. Thompson and Mary Williams Barnes
    photography by Charles D. Thompson and Robert Puckett
  • Dictionary of North Carolina Writers, Rabb to Rust, by Lorraine Hale Robinson
  • NC Newsbriefs, by Maryscot Mullins

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