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NCLR Online 2015 Contents

in a global context

North Carolina Writing Beyond the State's Borders
issue introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor

Big Joy Family
a short story by Jude Whelchel
art by Mona Wu

An Appetite for Language: Introducing Monique Truong
by Lisa Hinrichsen

Burning Bush
a poem by Susan Lefler
art by Eduardo Lapetina

Traveling the Psychic Highway
Monica Byrne, The Girl in the Road
a review by Kathaleen E. Amende

Monica Byrne on Storytelling and Violence in
The Girl in the Road

an interview with Monica Byrne
by Kathaleen E. Amende

The L Word and Coming in June
two poems by Barbara Conrad
art by Susan Weil

creative nonfiction by Jane Shlensky

Bird Watching
Megan Mayhew Bergman, Birds of a Lesser Paradise
Lee Zacharias, The Only Sounds We Make
a review by Brian Glover

Perfect Pitch

a poem by Richard Betz
art by Silvia Heyden
Listen to the poet read his poem here.

Drink Your Juice, Shelby
Tim Anderson, Sweet Tooth
a review by Gary Richards

AAUW Juvenile Literature Award

Insomnia Well Spent

Kat Meads, 2:12 a.m.
a review by Donna Gessell

Distance and Deadweight
two poems by Marylin Hervieux
art by Joseph Fiore

Hope Without Expectations
Kim Church, Byrd
a review by Leigh G. Dillard

Lee Smith Receives Third Sir Walter Raleigh Award

After Perusing Grandma’s Scrapbook
a poem by Grace C. Ocasio
art by J. Stacy Utley
Listen to a reading of this poem here.

Moving Away from the Lenticular?:
The Politics of Race, Gender, and Place in
Godfrey Cheshire’s
Moving Midway
by Margaret T. McGehee

Two Epistolary Offerings from the North Carolina
Division of Archives and History

John R. Barden, ed, Letter to the Home Circle
Judkin Browning and Michael Thomas Smith, eds,
Letters from a North Carolina Unionist
a review by Lorraine Hale Robinson

a poem by Marcus Gregory Johnston
art by George Scott
Listen to the poet read his poem here.

  • “coloring outside the lines”
    Diane Chamberlain, Necessary Lies
    a review by Amanda M. Capelli


  • World without End
    a short story by Taylor Brown
    art by John Urbain

    Another Addition to Western North Carolina’s
    Literature of Place

    Jeremy B. Jones, Bearwallow
    a review by Brent Martin
  • "A Shoebox Diorama" of Parenting
    Drew Perry, Kids These Days
    a review by Annie Frazier
  • “Cozy” Up with New Southern Mystery
    Ruth Moose, Doing It at the Dixie Dew: a Mystery
    a review by Joseph Horst
  • Ira David Wood III Receives the 2014 North Carolina
    Award for Fine Arts
  • “love just the way it is”
    Elizabeth Spencer, Starting Over
    a review by Sally F. Lawrence
  • Present-Tense Drifters
    Michael Parker, All I Have in This World
    a review by Jim Coby

    A Mighty Pretty Blue
    fiction by Michael Parker
    art by JoAnn H. Hart

    Redemption, Inspired and Questioned
    Joseph Bathanti, Half of What I Say Is Meaningless
    Earl Swift, Auto Biography
    a review by Lisa Proctor

    Overcoming the Southern Cult of Authenticity
    Wiley Cash, This Dark Road to Mercy
    a review by Zackary Vernon

    Allan Gurganus Receives the R. Hunt Parker Award

    Mapping the Unknown Self: New Carolina Poetry
    Joseph Bathanti, Concertina
    David Radavich, The Countries We Live In
    a review by George Hovis

    Two 2014 North Carolina Awards for Literature
  • On Cats and the Cosmos
    James Applewhite, Cosmos
    Fred Chappell, Familiars
    a review by Rebecca Godwin
  • The Reenactors and Seafarer’s Marriage
    two poems by James Applewhite
    art by McDonald Bane and George Bireline
  • Kathryn Stripling Byer:
    Her “words are gates swinging wide open”

    a tribute by Tara Powell
  • Carolina Mourning: or, Still Life with Squirrels
    Laurence Avery, Mountain Gravity
    Shelby Stephenson, The Hunger of Freedom
    a review by John Steen

    How We Got Our Names
    a poem by Marty Silverthorne
    art by Richard Kinnaird
    Listen to a reading of this poem here.

    The Ever-Changing Field
    Becky Gould Gibson, Heading Home
    a review by Sarah Huener

    A Great Day for Poetry in North Carolina:
    Four “Global” North Carolina Writers Inducted
    into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame
    by Margaret D. Bauer


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