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2004-2005 Student
Staff Members:

Editorial Assistants

Michael E. Ashby
Maryscot Mullins
Tommi Powell


Susan Butler
Ryan Fulcher
Stephanie Hellman
Mary Catherine Knight
Stephanie Rowe
Celia Wells

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number 14 2005

Cover photography by Ann Ehringhaus, design by Mary Thiesen

Featuring Outer Banks Writing

Read the Editor's Introduction to the issue here.


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Table of Contents: Outer Banks Writing | Creative Writing | Flashbacks | Book Reviews | NC Writers

Outer Banks Writing

  • Cottie Mourns: A Comedy of Sea Island Folk, a Playmakers play by Patricia McMullan
    introduced by Bryan Giemza
  • King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running, a song by Bland Simpson and Jim Wann
    introduced by Jerry Leath Mills
  • "The Outer Banks" Poems of Muriel Rukeyser and W.D. Ehrhart, introduced and annotated by Martin Kich
  • Outer Banks, a poem by Claire Millikin
    photography by Sandra Carawan
  • "I am a Country Editor": W.O. Saunders and The Independent, an essay by Brian Edwards
  • Two Saunders Protégés, interviews by George Jackson
  • Ocracoke Bookstores: Distinctive Island Reading, an essay by Sally Lawrence
  • Preserving Outer Banks Literature and History with the North Carolina History and Fiction Digital Library, an essay by Elizabeth H. Smith with Margaret D. Bauer
  • Ode to Neva May, an essay by Bland Simpson
  • Trying to Find My Way Back Home to East Lake, North Carolina, an essay by Elena Tajima Creef
  • "in Wilderness is . . . preservation": An Interview with Jan DeBlieu, by Sheryl Cornett
  • Love Letters of a Solitary Naturalist, a review of Pat Garber's Ocracoke Odyssey, by Maryscot Mullins
  • Seine of the Times: Talking Fish with a Couple of Women, an interview with Barbara Garrity-Blake and Susan West, by Stephanie West-Puckett
  • Saving the Outer Banks: Discreet Consumption in David Payne's Gravesend Light, an essay by Virginia Nickles Osborne
    photography by Sandra Carawan
  • Jimmies, Sooks, and the Zen of Soft Crab Shedding, an essay and photography by Lorraine Hale Robinson

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Creative Writing

  • Photograph in an Exhibit about Appalachia, a poem by Ali O'Rourke
  • A Pace of One's Own: On Taking Early Retirement and Walking Across England, an essay and photographs by George Wolfe
  • Flexible Flyer, a story by Philip Gerard
    illustrated by Joan Mansfield
  • Aging, a poem by Joe Mills
    photography by Jimmy Ingenito
  • Sticking with It, a story by Maggie L. Brown
    illustrated by Kevin Sterner
  • Imperfect Sonnet for Richard
    by Susan Davis
  • Floundering, a story by Patt Murphy
    art by Claude Howell
  • Self-Portrait in an Anamorphic Basement and Pisgah Funeral, two poems by Benjamin Pryor
    art by Will Henry Stevens
  • Breakdown and Doing Beans, two poems by Barbara Presnell
  • Sylvia, Dada, and Grandmother's Greenhouse, three poems by Lorrin Willis
    art by David Terry

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Flashbacks: Echoes of Past Issues

  • Time, Place, and a Lament for the Loss of the Chicken House: An Interview with Michael Parker, by Jeremy Lloyd and Kathryn Walker

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Book Reviews

  • Reference Back, a review of Mark Cox's Natural Causes, by B. J. Leggett
  • Inside Out, a review of recent poetry collections by Lucinda Grey and Mendi Lewis Obadike, by Debra Kang Dean
  • Bound and Determined, a review of Faulkner Fox's Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life, by Meredith Anton
  • Imp of the Perverse, a review of David Sedaris's Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by Randall Martoccia
  • Mystery and History in 1980 North Carolina, a review of Lynn York's The Piano Teacher, by Casey Clabough

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North Carolina Writers

  • NC Newsbriefs, by Tommi Powell
  • Dictionary of North Carolina Writers, Sadler to Sumner, by Lorraine Hale Robinson with NCLR staff
  • Second Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming Announced, by Eric Michael Fladung

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