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number 29 2020


cover artA.R. Ammons 

cover design Dana Ezzell Lovelace


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nominations from thIS issue

Fred Chappell ("Eclipse")
Wayne Johns
Debra Kaufman
Glenis Redmond
Katey Schultz

Orison Anthology
Debra Kaufman
Marty Silverthorne

Other 2020 nominations are listed on the online issue web page.


Editorial Assistants
Megan Brown
Max Kilgore
Laura Pittman
Ashten Shope
Mayee Zhu

Emily J. Bolton
Matthew Giardino
Lily Johnson
Amber Knox
Devin Raines

Watch the Viral Verses online poetry reading organized by the editorial assistants and featuring poetry from this issue, April 24, 2020 (individual poet's readings linked in this table of contents).

NCLR 2020 Contents


Provocative Perspective from a Distance
section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor  

Fugitive Slave Ex-Pat: The Myth of Northern Black Freedom
in Harriet Jacobs’s
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Ryan David Furlong

Going in Reverse: The Post-Plessy Railroad in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Colonel’s Dream
by Lydia E. Ferguson

The Cartography of Moira Crone: Mapping Visionary Fiction and Fantastic Futures
2020 John Ehle Prize interview by Jim Grimsley
art by Moira Crone

Knowing Your Place: Tony Earley’s Human Geography
by Jimmy Dean Smith

Gwendolyn Parker on Community, Writing, and the "Human Capacity for Forgiveness and Growth” 
an interview by Jenn Brandt

“I want out”: The Expatriate Lionel Shriver
by Eric Walker

"music is the bearing": An Interview with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
by Amber Flora Thomas

The Change; America, I Sing Back; Putting Up Beans; and Off-Season
four poems by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Listen to the poet read three of these poems.

Hard Work and Determination Pay Off: An Interview with Ben Fountain
by Michael K. Brantley
photography by Watson Brown

"Fight for your life”: Segregation, Im/mobilities, and the Fight for African American Futures
in Stephanie Powell Watts's
No One Is Coming to Save Us
by Maia L. Butler and DeLisa D. Hawkes
art by Jamaal Barber

The Master of Movement: An Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal
by Helen Stead

Racism Squared
a poem by Glenis Redmond 
art by Kevin E. Cole



New Prize Winners, Old Friends, and a “Last Rock Novel” 
section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor 

Zora Neale Hurston in North Carolina: Drama, Education, and Contemporary Activism
2019 Paul Green Prize essay by Rachel Warner  

Eclipse and Icon
two poems by Fred Chappell
art by Matt McConnell and Taylor O. Thomas

Trees Stars the Seasons, Thinking Music, and In the Art Museum  
three poems by James Applewhite
art by Ellen Kong, Jordan Parah, and Peter Filene

Meditation in a Glass House
2019 James Applewhite Poetry Prize poem by Wayne Johns
art by Michael Sherrill

Something Coming
2019 Doris Betts Fiction Prize story by Katey Schultz
art by Lori Vrba

The Ghost Girls of Ottawa, Illinois
second place poem by Debra Kaufman
art by Aspen Hochhalter

honorable mention poem by Marty Silverthorne
art by Robert Motherwell

Franz, North Carolina, 1949
honorable mention poem by Jane Sasser
art by Franz Kline

Never Mind the Apocalypse, Here’s Jeff Jackson
an interview by Christy Alexander Hallberg
art by Jeff Jackson

Late Shift
honorable mention poem by Valerie Nieman
art by Austin Cathey

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