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number 28 2019


cover art Barbara Tyroler

cover design Dana Ezzell Lovelace


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2018-2019 Student Staff

Assistant Editor
Angela Love Kitchin

Editorial Assistants
Cody Pollard
Michael Ryan Smith

Dylan Newitt Allen
Alyssa Coleman
Jordan Crawford
Alexis Gadzinski
Melissa Glen
Susie Hedley
Max Kilgore
Tay Peed
Zak Sheppard


nominations from the issue

for the Pushcart:

Jennifer Brown's essay (also nominated for the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award) "Landscape with Death and Birth
Catherine Carter's poem "Womb-Room"
Nancy Werking Poling's essay "Leander's LIes"
Sally Thomas's poem "Daybreak"
Glenis Redmond's poem "Dreams Speak: My Father's Words" 
(see too NCLR Online 2019 page for other nomination)


NCLR 2019 Contents


African American Writers of North Carolina,
from New Sensation Stephanie Powell Watts
Back to George Moses Horton

section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor

Leaving Home to Return Home:
Writing North Carolina Homeplace
from the Particular to the Universal,
an Interview with Stephanie Powell Watts
by DeLisa D. Hawkes and Maia L. Butler 

“Wildness Was Nothing to Admire”:
African American Environmental Thought and the Importance of Place in Stephanie Powell Watts’s
No One is Coming to Save Us
an essay by Jessica Cory
art by David C. Driskell

Fable in the Storm, To the Island, and To Home
three poems by Amber Flora Thomas
art by Krystal Hart, Monique Luck, and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

“seeing the opportunity in tomorrow”:
An Interview with Jason Mott
by Jennifer Larson

a poem by Kevin Dublin
art by Juan Logan

Glenis Redmond: Poet, Teaching Artist, Griot 
an interview by Lisa Sarasohn 

Dreams Speak: My Father’s Words
and Every One of My Names 
two poems by Glenis Redmond
art by
Darry Hurts and Jacob Lawrence

A Visitation with Randall Kenan 
an interview by George Hovis
art by Antoine Williams

Bombingham, 1963 
a poem by L. Teresa Church
art by Charles Henry Alston

"let them be black and beautiful":
A Black Southerner’s Grasp at Self-Respect
in C. Eric Lincoln’s The Avenue, Clayton City 
an essay by Francine L. Allen
art by Ivey Hayes

Looking for Charles 
an essay by Jennifer Harding

Aun’ Peggy: Charles Chesnutt’s Vampire Slayer? 
an essay by Trudier Harris
illustrations by Paula Jordan-Mayo

Disembodied Intimacies and Shadows of True Womanhood: Reclaiming Agency in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl  
an essay by Ashley Burge
art by John Biggers

The Literary Friendship of George Moses Horton and Caroline Lee Hentz 
John Ehle Prize by Patrick E. Horn
illustrations by Claude Howell

“the verses from our pen to him belong”:
National Identity in the Political Homages
of George Moses Horton

an essay by Justin Williams
illustrations by Claude Howell

The 2019 issues of the North Carolina Literary Review are supported, in part, by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.






On Timing, Friendship, Loss, and Gratitude
section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor

A Literary Scholar and a Surrogate Granddaughter Contemplate the Life and Work of Zoe Kincaid Brockman

Lyrical Journalism, Investigative Poetry
by Rebecca Duncan

Remembering Grandmother Zoe
by Lyn Triplett

A Calling, Travelers, and April in October
three poems by James Applewhite
art by Michael Dorsey, Richard Finnell, and Colleen Black Semelka

the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize
poem by Catherine Carter
art by Kiki Farish

How Rhodon the Tutor Prepared Cleopatra’s Son and In my yard are henbit
two poems by J.S. Absher
art by Anni Albers and Lorna Blaine Halper

Girl Praxis
a poem by Nilla Larsen
art by Gordon C. James



On New NCLR Friends
section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor

Leander’s Lies
the 2018 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize
essay by Nancy Werking Poling

a poem by Sally Thomas
art by David Simonton

Landscape with Death and Birth
the 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award
essay by Jennifer Brown
art by Linda Fox

selected for inclusion in the Orison anthology 

Smoke and Oreos
a poem by Gwen Holt
art by Ron Greenberg

a poem by Melinda Thomsen
art by Merry Moor Winnett


sponsor of the Linda Flowers award essay