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number 29 2020


cover artA.R. Ammons 

cover design Dana Ezzell Lovelace


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2019-2020 Student Staff

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

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Matthew Giardino
Lily Johnson
Amber Knox
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nominations from the issue


Pushcart Nominations: TBD




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

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

The Cartography of Moira Crone: Mapping Visionary Fiction and Fantastic Futures
by Jim Grimsley

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

Music Is the Bearing: An Interview with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
by Amber Flora Thomas

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

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

"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 Robert Cole



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 Star 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 Christie Alexander Hallberg

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



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