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number 31 2021

featuring
WRITERS WHO TEACH,
TEACHERS WHO WRITE

cover art
Joan Mansfield 

cover design Dana Ezzell Lovelace

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NCLR 2022 Contents [pending publication in june] 

WRITERS WHO TEACH, TEACHERS WHO WRITE

What Comes First: Writer or Teacher? 
section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor

Paul Green: A Professor of the Practice of Playwriting
by Georgann Eubanks

Love from both of us to both of you”: 
Select Letters from Peter Taylor to John Thompson, the Greensboro Years

by Michaux Dempster 

Carolyn Kizer: Flamboyant Feminist at Chapel Hill
by Marian Janssen

“That’s how we learn”: Ben Fountain Talks with Student Veterans at East Carolina University
compiled and introduced by Anna Froula, with Sheena Eagan  

"an artist's artist, y'all: weird, unique, and oh so smart and talented":
An Interview with Leah Hampton

by Christy Alexander Hallberg 
photography by Bayard Wootten

"The business of writing and the work of reading": A Conversation with Wiley Cash
by Jim Coby
photography by Mallory Cash

"The last ghost is always the lies we're told":
An Interview with Khalisa Rae Thompson

by Maia L. Butler 

Taking Leave
an essay by Barbara Bennett
art by Dawn Surratt

When you know a demon’s real name; The narrative of stones;
and Campus, August evening, plague year
three poems by Catherine Carter
art by Ippy Patterson, Ben Nixon, and Anna G. Dean

Why We Fished
James Applewhite Poetry Prize poem and art by Michael Loderstedt

Dawn on the Watermen’s Dock
a poem by Paul Jones
art by Claude Howell

Invasive Pests
a short story by Settle Monroe
art by Tim Christensen  

FLASHBACKS: ECHOES OF PAST ISSUES

Waxing Nostalgic 
section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor 

You Laugh
a poem by Allen Tullos
art by Susan Harbage Page

Why I Believe Confession Booths Are Bathrooms
a poem by Janis Harrington
art by Tama Hochbaum

Ultimate Trip
the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize essay be Steve Mitchell
art by Tim Christensen

NORTH CAROLINA MISCELLANY

Miscellaneous Literary Treasures
section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor 

A Poem that Almost Got Away
introduced by James W. Clark, Jr.

Evening Hatch
by Frank Borden Hanes, Sr.
art by Fen Rascoe

The Virgin of Guadalupe’s Moon
the Doris Betts Fiction Prize story by Heather Bell Adams 
art by Robert Rauschenberg

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