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number 21 2012


cover design Dana Ezzell Gay

cover photographyMary Shannon Johnstone


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2011-2012 Student
Staff Members:

Editorial Assistants

Kevin Dublin
Crystal Holdefer
Stephen Mason
Amanda Stevens


Ebony Bailey
Samantha Belmont
Zachary Brown
Rachel Castro
Jessica Chirico
John Lee Hinson, III
Samuel Waddill, Jr.



NCLR 2012 Contents

North Carolina Literature into Film

A Degree of Commitment
an essay by Charles Frazier
(selected by the editors for a Pushcart nomination)

“The Lost Colony Film”:
A Mixed Message of Violence and Peace
an essay by Larry E. Tise

Finding “The Lost Colony Film”
by Tom Whiteside

Black and White
a poem by James Applewhite
art by Paul J. Hartley

Paul Green and the Movies
an essay by Laurence G. Avery

A Hotel Tower Above Oahu
a poem by James Applewhite
art by Paul J. Hartley

Thomas Dixon, Filmmaker
an essay by Anthony Slide

The Case of the Missing Interracial Romance:
An Ideological Critique of Kiss the Girls

an essay by William B. Hart

Kiss the Girls’ Allusion to D.W. Griffith’s
Whitewashed Captivity Narrative

by Anna Froula

History v. Hollywood:
Civil Rights Meet Silver Screen;
or, “writing history with lightning”

an essay by Timothy B. Tyson

Discovering the Story: A Film Adaption of
Randall Kenan’s “The Foundations of the Earth”

an essay by Elisabeth Benfey

In the Same Gesture
an essay by Jim Grimsley
(selected by the editors for a Pushcart nomination)

A “passionate need to write”:
An Interview with Ellyn Bache

by Christy Alexander Hallberg

Writing Books that Hold Up,
from Pay Phones to Cell Phones:
An Interview with YA Suspense Novelist Lois Duncan

by Valerie O. Patterson

“reflections on a screen”: John Ehle and Film
an essay by Terry L. Roberts
and an alternate ending to The Changing of the Guard
by John Ehle

Ten North Carolina Stories that Ought to Be Films
an essay by George Hovis



Flashbacks: Echoes of Past ISSUES

  • Wind and Water: Marrying Fact and Fiction
    The Watery Part of the World
    an essay by Michael Parker

    Gently Down the Stream
    an essay by Paul Crenshaw

    Picnic on the Waters
    a poem by James Applewhite
    (selected by the editors for a Pushcart nomination)
    art by Bob Rankin

North Carolina Miscellany

  • The Collector: On the Occasion of the Opening of the Stuart Wright Exhibit, Shining In and Out of Darkness, The Collector, and Latecomer
    an essay and three poems by Fred Chappell

    Stuart Wright: The Collector
    by Thomas E. Douglass

    a poem by Robert Penn Warren
    from the Stuart Wright Collection
    art by A.R. Ammons

    a poem by John Thomas York

    Lamp, the first James Applewhite Poetry Prize poem
    by John Thomas York
    (selected by the editors for a Pushcart nomination)
    art by Isaac Talley

    Boundaries, the 2011 Doris Betts Fiction Prize story
    by Thomas Wolf
    (received a "special mention" in the 2014 edition of Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses)
    art by Richard Garrison

    The Month of Janus and Time Pieces
    two poems by Mark Smith-Soto
    art by Bob Trotman and Barbara Fisher

    a poem by C.G. Thompson
    art by Jane Filer

    Freedom and Power: A Talk with Zelda Lockhart
    an interview by Sara Whitestone

    If Not Birds Dodging Loneliness and Anointed Yet Badly Blessed
    two poems by Susan Laughter Meyers
    art by Stephen Aubuchon

    a poem by Glenis Gale Redmond
    (selected by the editors for a Pushcart nomination)
    art by David C. Driskell

    The Honey Wagon, the 2nd place story in the 2011 Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition
    by Joseph Francis Cavano
    art by Donald Furst

    A Blessing on the Tongue
    a poem by Valerie Nieman
    art by Bridget Conn

    Forty Years Later
    a poem by Debra Kaufman
    art by Diana H. Bloomfield

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