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North Carolina Literary Review

Edited by Margaret D. Bauer, East Carolina University

Frequency: Annually (June)

Latest Issue: 2017, vol. 26

Size: 7.75 x 10"

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 1063-0724


The North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by North Carolina writers, as well as interviews, articles, and essays about the state’s authors, literary history, and writing culture. A cross between a scholarly journal and a literary magazine, NCLR has won numerous awards and citations, including five from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals: the Best New Journal award in 1994, the Best Journal Design award in 1999 and 2010, the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2007, and the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2014.

The NCLR is produced at East Carolina University. Started in 1991, it was inspired by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association to be a companion to the North Carolina Historical Review, with a mission to promote and support writers who are a part of the state’s rich literary tradition. NCLR not only introduces new and emerging writers, but also celebrates forgotten authors who have influenced the culture and history of the Old North State.

The print issue is published in the summer. It is available via subscription and in independent bookstores across the state. Since 2012, a separate, open access digital issue (NCLR Online) is published in the winter. The creative writing in both issues is complemented with fine art by North Carolina artists.

Editor since 1997, Margaret D. Bauer is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature and Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University in Greenville, where she received the university’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activity in 2014. She is the author of The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist (1999), William Faulkner’s Legacy (2005), Understanding Tim Gautreaux (2010), and A Study of Scarletts: Scarlett O’Hara and Her Literary Daughters (2014), as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals. She has also edited two Paul Green books: James Spence’s Green biography and a new critical edition of Green’s play The House of Connelly.

The NCLR has been adopted as an official publication of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Members receive a subscription to the journal as a benefit of membership. For more information, visit our membership page.

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Margaret D. Bauer

Art Director

Dana Ezzell

Poetry Editor

Jeffrey Franklin

Fiction Editor

Liza Weiland

Art Editor

Diane A. Rodman

Founding Editor

Alex Albright

Original Art Director

Eva Roberts

Table of Contents

Number 26, 2017

North Carolina Literature and the Other Arts

Writing + Art + Music = Creative Synergy
section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor

Cold Mountain: A Journey from Frazier’s Magnus Opus to Higdon’s Magnum Opera
by Christina Reitz

This, When Your Heart No Longer Desires to Keep Beating
a poem cycle by Kathryn Stripling Byer
art by Linda Foard Roberts

Enlightenment Fables
a verse sequence by Fred Chappell
art by John Lawson

a poem by Robert Morgan
art by Donald Martiny

Voices in Counterpoint:
An Interview with Michael Götting
by Claudia Drieling

How to Survive a Bee Attack
a poem by Susan Schmidt
art by Barbara Fisher

Sonny Man and the Snake
a poem by Tori Reynolds
art by Ronald G. Robertson

Never Mind
fiction by Michael Parker
art by John Dickson

what happened next, happened fast ­­–
a poem by Kathryn Kirkpatrick
art by Antoine Williams

shadow man
a poem by Marcus Johnston
art by Gerald Weckesser

Make Believe with Utter Conviction: An Interview with Garth Risk Hallberg
by Brian Glover

a poem by Sam Barbee
art by Bill McAllister

Stands of Pines in a Hurricane
a poem by Joan Leotta
art by Frank Holder

Delaware River
a poem by Laura Sloan Patterson
art by Frank Holder

Renaissance Man: An Interview with Clyde Edgerton
by George Hovis
art by Clyde Edgerton

Summer Dawn
a poem by Priscilla Melchior
art by Clyde Edgerton

Expressive Interplay through Pictures and Words: The Art and Design of the North Carolina Literary Review
by Randall Wilhelm
art by Ronald Robertson, Leah Sobsey, Richard Fennell, Jeff Kiefer, and Mona Wu

A Walk in the Dark, Thinking with Clouds, and Steps Up the Steep Bank
three poems by James Applewhite
art by Leigh Suggs, Louis St. Lewis, and Richard Garrison

The 2016 James Applewhite Poetry Prize
poem by Russell Colver
art by Joe Muench

The Anderson Kid
The 2016 Doris Betts Fiction Prize
story by Anita Collins
art by Barbara Tyroler

Clear Channel
a poem by Paul Jones
art by Jason Craighead

Miller Road
The 2016 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize
essay by Trace Ramsey
art by Damien Stamer

A Poet Waits
a poem by Kit Wienert
art by Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran

Half-Whistling to the Plants
a poem by Robert W. Hill
art by Murry Handler

Cleaning the Maple
a poem by Susan Lefler
art by Jan Lee

Articles of Faith and The Widow Finds the Annuals
two poems by Betty Adcock
art by Chris Chiwa Clark

Flashbacks: Echoes of Past Issues

Special People and Special Collections
section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor

Betty Adcock: Two Appreciations

“not afraid of the dark”
a tribute by Noel Crook

“a solo we won’t soon forget”
a tribute by Al Maginnes

A Tree Grows on the Moon
creative nonfiction by Lee Bridgers

Greenville’s Book Clubs Culture: Serving Eastern North Carolina
by Mary Kathryn Thornton

North Carolina Miscellany

A New Voice Tells an Old “Love Is Love” Story
section introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor

“The Things They Have to Endure to Stay Together”: A Conversation with Matthew Griffin, Author of Hide
by Jim Coby

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