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number 1.1 1992

Cover art by Stanton Blakeslee

Featuring John Lawson & the Tuscarora


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Table of Contents: Features | John Lawson | Portfolio | Syllabus | Freedom of Speech
North Carolina Writers
| Readers Places | Archives | Gatherings


  • Broad Brush, a new poem by A.R. Ammons
  • The Indivisible Presence of Randall Jarrell, by Fred Chappell
    Three poems by Randall Jarrell
  • A Week or Three Days in Chapel Hill: Faulkner, Contempo, and Their Contemporaries, by Jim Vickers
    illustrated by Andy Sugg
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Grackle, by Janet Lembke
    illustrated by Stanton Blakeslee
  • Ponds and Mudbanks and Ditchbanks, Brierberries, Things of That Kind: A Conversation with A. R. Ammons, by Alex Albright excerpts from Tape for the End of the Year, by A. R. Ammons
  • Inner Lights and Inner Lives: The Gospel According to Linda Beatrice Brown, by Eric Weil
  • Authenticating Experience: North Carolina Slave Narratives and the Politics of Place, by Gay Wilentz
    The narratives of Vilet Lestor and George Moses Horton
  • Migrant Afternoon, by Roger Manley and John Sabella

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John Lawson: Gentleman, Explorer, Writer

  • Among the Tuscarora: The Strange and Mysterious Death of John Lawson, Gentleman, Explorer, and Writer, by Marjorie Hudson
  • Paradise Regained, Again: The Literary Context of John Lawson's A New Voyage to Carolina, by E. Thomson Shields, Jr.
  • Digging for the Bones: Personal Explorations of Story, by Marjorie Hudson
  • and a series of sidebars and short articles detailing the past and present contexts of John Lawson in North Carolina

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  • Photographs by Lawrence S. Earley

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  • Early North Carolina Literature: A Syllabus for Serious Readers, by W. Keats Sparrow

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Freedom of Speech

  • Banned Anything Good Lately? by Gene D. Lanier

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North Carolina Writers

  • On Being a North Carolina Writer, by Manly Wade Wellman
  • A Dictionary of North Carolina Writers, A-Bl, by John Patterson

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Readers Places

  • The Brautigan Library, by William Marquess
  • People of the Book (the Valdese Public Library), by Preston Hoffman

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  • The A.R. Ammons Papers, by Patricia Gantt
  • The Fred Chappell Papers, by Alex Albright

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  • The Peter Taylor Homecoming
  • The Lee Smith Symposium
  • North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
  • The North Carolina Women Writers Conference
  • The Southern Humanities Conference
  • To Render a Life or to Change the World
  • Documenting My Own Life in a Tenant Farmer's Family, by Linda Flowers

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