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number 19 2010


cover design Dana Ezzell Gay

cover art Will Henry Stevens, Courtesy of Carolina Galleries, Charleston


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“There is much here for everyone to be proud of – there is no doubt it requires a tremendous amount of work to put it together – and the production certainly represents the state and the university well.”—Henry F. Tonn,

2009-2010 Student
Staff Members:

Editorial Assistants

LaTasha Jones
Ivory Kelly
Brian Lampkin
Keon Pettiway
Cheryl Scott
Jennifer Sheppard


Kathryn Jackson
Max Lemanowicz
Kelli Shortt


number 19 2010 Contents


  • The Land Breakers, a novel excerpt by John Ehle art by Will Henry Stevens
  • "wonderfully simple, yet complex": The Mountain Novels of John Ehle, by Terry Roberts art by Will Henry Stevens
  • Love Affairs and Family Feuds in the Smoky Mountains, an Ehle review by Jonathan Yardley
  • Lion on the Hearth, a novel excerpt by John Ehle
  • Cry Naked, Purple Hands, Dew, and Listening to Clouds, four poems by Robert Morgan art by Will Henry Stevens
  • Robert Morgan’s Peripheral Vision: "the point beside the point" in The Hinterlands, by Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt photography by Horace Kephart
  • As If She Listened, a poem by Laurence Avery
    (selected by the editors for a Pushcart nomination) photography by Horace Kephart
  • "We’re still here": Eddie Swimmer on Cherokee History, Life, and Outdoor Drama in the Appalachian Mountains, an interview by Gina Caison
  • The Gathering, a poem by Joyce Compton Brown
  • "what I feel I was put on the planet to do": An interview with Wayne Caldwell, by Jerry Leath Mills
  • Looking Back into the Undergrowth, a review of Wayne Caldwell’s two novels, by Chris Green
  • Ron Rash’s Serena and the "blank and pitiless gaze" of Exploitation in Appalachia, by Joyce Compton Brown with Mark Powell photography by Horace Kephart
  • "Look here, world, look who this woman [is]": Silas House Interviews Pamela Duncan, introduced by Joyce Compton Brown
  • Drought Days, a poem by Kathryn Stripling Byer art by Noyes Capehart
  • Hook and Eye, a short story by Kathryn Stripling Byer photography by Rob Amberg
  • Mountain Tunes and Tartini Violin Concertos, a review of Julia Nunnally Duncan’s new novel, by Mae Miller Claxton
  • Into a Strange Country, a review of Tony Earley’s Jim sequel, by Tim Edwards art by Will Henry Stevens
  • Praise Poem for Our Mountains, a poem by doris davenport photography by doris davenport
  • Resplendent, Ingenious Forms, a review of Fred Chappell’s new poetry collection, by John Lang art by Will Henry Stevens
  • The Poetry of Southern Appalachia, a review by Jeffrey Franklin photography by Rob Bousa
  • Sorry, a poem by Michael McFee art by Will Henry Stevens
  • Controlled Burn, a short story by Charles Dodd White photography by Rob Amberg
  • A Cozy Conspiracy, a review of Kenneth Butcher’s The Middle of the Air, by F. Brett Cox photography by Rob Amberg
  • Breaking Line, creative nonfiction by Christopher Wrenn
    (selected by the editors for a Pushcart nomination)photography by Rob Amberg
  • Blind Faith, the 2009 Doris Betts Fiction Prize story, by David McGuirt photography by John Rosenthal and Rob Amberg

Flashbacks: Echoes of Past ISSUES

  • 2009 R. Hunt Parker Award Winner Bland Simpson Presents New Hardee-Rives Dramatic Arts Award
  • In a Green Shade and Sunset Limited, two poems by Lyn Lifshin art by Romare Bearden
  • Telling Stories of Slavery, a review by David A. Davis
  • Two North Carolina Reconstruction Novels, a review by Susan Prothro Wright
  • Other Times and Places and Down Home, a review of recent science fiction by North Carolina authors, by Warren Rochelle

North Carolina Miscellany

  • Blossoming Poplars, Unpublished Interview, Repairing the Farmhouse, The Home Place, and Along the Ridge, five poems by James Applewhite
    (selected by the editors for a Pushcart nomination) art by Paul Hartley
  • Platform, a 2009 Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition finalist, by Steve Mitchell
    (selected by the editors for a Pushcart nomination)
    art by Richard Garrison
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  • Summer Haze, a poem by Daniel Saalfeld art by David Terry
  • Waiting for Azrael, a 2009 Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition finalist, by Melanie Raskin
    art by Kelly L. Adams
  • Hear the author read from the story.
  • Water Signs, a poem by Sandra Ann Winters
    (selected by the editors for a Pushcart nomination)art by Jacquelyn Tait Leebrick
  • On Being Exposed: Body as Witness in Gail Godwin’s The Perfectionists, an essay by Renae R. Applegate House
  • Bird Lore and Sidewalk Pennies, two poems by Lynda Self art by Tina Bromberg
  • Three Women Writers Share Journeys of Achievement, a review by Rebecca L. Godwin illustration by Daniel Wallace
  • Redneck Ballerina, A Case for The Rest of Us, creative nonfiction by Megan Mayhew Bergman photography by Charles S. Killebrew
  • The Buck and In the Golden Valley, two poems by Henry Kearney, IV art by David Terry
  • Wells Tower: An "engaged life," an interview by Matthew Martin
  • Images of Childhood, a review of two poetry collections, by Felicia Mitchell with Lorraine Hale Robinson
  • Wanda Canada’s Coastal Crimes, an interview by Art Taylor photography by Doug Kazantzis
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