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number 15 2006

Cover art by Karen Lee, design by Mary Hatch Thiesen

Featuring Children's and Young Adult Literature in North Carolina

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Table of Contents: Children's and Young Adult Literature in North Carolina | Creative Writing | Flashbacks | Food Finds | Book Reviews | NC Writers

Children's and Young Adult Literature in North Carolina

  • The Patchwork Princess of the Great Dismal Swamp, by Carole Boston Weatherford
    illustrated by Molly Windsor
  • Smitten by Victoriana: Randall Kenan's Down East Boyhood with Books, Storytelling, and the Power of Language, by Sheryl Cornett
  • Eleanora E. Tate on her Literary Inspiration
  • Mary Ann Bryan Mason's Literary Milestone: A Wreath from the Woods of Carolina, by Maurice C. York
  • "[Her] destiny lay in the land”: An Overview of the Literature of Mebane Holoman Burgwyn, by Sarah Davis
  • Tani, a children's story and illustrations by Mebane Holoman Burgwyn
  • "spreading out all the rocks and treasure and creepy crawlies": An Interview with Frances O'Roark Dowell, by Angela Leeper
  • Eleanora E. Tate on her Ideal Audience
  • "about a girl": An Interview with Sarah Dessen, by Anthony James Holston
  • Sarah Dessen's Cautiously Optimistic Realism: Decades Beyond the Teen Problem Novel, by Laureen Tedesco
  • Gender Understanding in Young Adult Literature: Reading Jill McCorkle's Ferris Beach, by Barbara Bennett
  • "skill and caring and, yes, passion": Louise Hawes's Formula for Writing Fiction, an interview by Lisa Morgan
  • Young Reader Apathy: Assessing the Causes and Posing Solutions with Barbara Bennett, Eleanora E. Tate, and Elizabeth McDavid Jones, by Stephanie West-Puckett

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Flashbacks: Echoes of Past Issues

  • Hatteras Blues: Greatness and Grace on the Edge, by Ronald Wesley Hoag
  • Reconciliation and Return: A.R. Ammons's Poetry as Autobiography, by Ted Olson
  • The North Carolina Poems of A.R. Ammons
    by Alex Albright
  • Snake Girl, a short story by John Kessel
    illustrated by Joan Mansfield
  • Miniature, creative nonfiction by Michael Parker
    photography by Will Cook
  • Devil Girl from Mars, a poem by Brenda Hammack
    art by Scott Eagle

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Creative Writing

  • Harried, Hairy, and Harrowing, an epistolary essay by Mary Moss
  • Sweet Diana, a poem by Daniel Saalfeld
    photography by Will Cook
  • The Purple Monster, a poem by Bill Duvall
    art by Louis St. Lewis
  • The Snow Queen's Story and Co-Dependent God Poem, two poems by Brenda Mann Hammack
    art by Walter Piepke
  • Second Helpings, 1968 and Blue, Part II of IV, two poems by Charles Israel, Jr.
    art by Richard Stenhouse
  • Red Poppy and Like a Shell the Body Opens, two poems by Henrietta Chaussee
    art by Barbara Fisher
  • Notes on Voice, a poem by David Welch
    art by Christine Siegfried
  • Somehow Kin, North Carolina 1957, a poem by Nora Shepard
    photography by R.H. Sturges
  • Mall Awaking, a poem by Dan Stryk
    photography by Jim White
  • Rehearsal: Achibald MacLeish's JB, a poem by Gary Ettari
    art by Henryk Fantazos

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Food Finds

  • Love, Death, and Sweet Potato Biscuits, by David Cecelski
    photography by Sandra Carawan
  • Pass the Collards, Please!: Writing about East Carolina Culinary Traditions
  • North Carolina Sweet Potato and Pork Stew—or Sweet Potato Stew (vegan), a recipe by Lorraine Hale Robinson

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Book Reviews

  • Tales from the "Other" White South, a review of historical memoirs by Timothy B. Tyson and Karl Fleming, by Nicole Nolan Sidhu
  • Hero, Interrupted, a review of Clyde Edgerton's flying memoir, by Tonita Branan
  • In Place and Out, a review of Thomas Rain Crow's Ragan Cup-winning memoir, by Ronald Wesley Hoag
  • A "book of pages waiting to be turned," a review of Minnie Bruce Pratt's selected poems collection, by Christina G. Bucher
  • "Reckon[ing] up losses," a review of two new James Applewhite collections, by Patrick Bizzaro
  • Novel Revisits Real-Life Catastrophe in Small Town, a review of Laurence Naumoff's Raleigh historical novel, by Philip Gerard
  • Family Physics, a review of Haven Kimmel's latest novel, by Sally Lawrence
  • The Enchanting World of Adantis, a review of a sequel by Marly Youmans, by Sara K. Day

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North Carolina Writers

  • Dictionary of North Carolina Writers, Talbot to Vorse, by Lorraine Hale Robinson
  • NC Newsbriefs

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