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2006-2007 Student
Staff Members:

Editorial Assistants

Lisa DeVries
Lorrie Coltraine Roberts
Eugene Tinklepaugh


Danielle Shante McGregor
Tiffany Nicole Palmer
Joshua Tyler Riverbark
India Hope Tharrington
Bridget Todd
Elizabeth Camille Tyndall
Michelle Renee Wood

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number 16 2007

Cover art by Kelly L. Adams, design by Mary Hatch Thiesen

Commemorating 100 Years of Writers and Writing at East Carolina University

Read the Editor's Introduction to the issue here.


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Table of Contents: Commemorating 100 Years of Writers and Writing at East Carolina University | Flashbacks | Creative Writing | Food Finds | Book Reviews | NC Writers

Commemorating 100 Years of Writers and Writing at East Carolina University

  • Now the Feds Are Paying Us Not To Grow Our Best-known Carcinogen, What or What Shall We Eastern North Carolinians Export?, an essay by Allan Gurganus
    photography by Sandra Carawan and C.W. Sullivan III
  • Writing His Way Home: An Interview with Samm-Art Williams, by Laura Grace Pattillo
  • Culture at a Crossroads, an essay by Robert Morgan
    photography by Sandra Carawan
  • From "Gub'ner Green to The Story of Cabbage Green: An Appreciation of the Writings of Ovid Williams Pierce, First Writer-in-Residence at East Carolina University, by Douglas J. McMillan
  • A Region’s Face: Beyond the Stereotypes, by Ovid Williams Pierce, introduced by Laura K. Southern
    art by Kelly L. Adams and photography by Sandra Carawan
  • Searching for Hannah Crafts in Eastern North Carolina, by Gregg A. Hecimovich
  • "what poetry can do and how it can do it": An Interview with NCLR's Poetry Editor Jeffrey Franklin, by James Smith
  • Brushing Out the Tangles, Hillbilly Zen, Mountain Gathering, and Squirrelly, four poems by Jeffrey Franklin
  • Jeffrey Franklin reading Squirrelly during NCLR's Viral Verses, summer 2020

  • Letter to Myself Twenty-Five Years Ago, by Julie Fay
    photography by Jacquelyn Tait Leebrick
  • The Poet and the Sea: Interview with Peter Makuck, by Gary Ettari
  • Roy and Deo Gratias, two poems by Peter Makuck
  • Lost Colony, a short story by Constance Pierce
    art by Abby Spangel Perry
  • Spawning Season, a short story by Erica Plouffe Lazure
    photography by Charity Jules Valentine
  • Root for the Hawk, Banish Yellow, Wear a Hat of Goldfinches, a review of Susan Meyers's South Carolina Poetry Prize Collection, by Tom Lombardo
  • The Tilt that Stumbles Me and The Day After Visiting Grace, 94, two poems by Susan Meyers
    photography by Charity Jules Valentine and art by Pamela Wallace Toll
  • Ars Poetica: An Interview with Al Maginnes,
    by Gary Ettari
  • A Broadcast from Flyover Country, a poem
    by Al Maginnes
  • Marianne Moore's Tricorn Hat, by Luke Whisnant
    photography by George Platt Lynes
  • "So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow": A Review of Luke Whisnant's Down in the Flood, by Lee Zacharias
  • Lot's Wife Speaks, a novel excerpt by Alex Albright
    art by Shelton Bryant
  • Katmandu, a one-act play by Robert Siegel
  • My Father's Library, an essay by David S. Cecelski
  • Vernon Ward's International Poems: Proletarian Poetry of the Interwar Period, by Marilyn Miller
  • The Man in the Tree, a poem by Patrick Bizzaro
    photography by Bill Byers
  • Driving Miss Molly Home, an essay by James Dodson

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Flashbacks: Echoes of Past Issues

  • Bluffs and Laurel: A Uwharrie Weekend, an essay by Thorpe Moeckel
    photography by Ben Lustig
  • Soliloquys at the Outer Banks, a poem by Carol Quinn
    photography by Sandra Carawan
  • "back to beginnings": Appalachian Women in Kathryn Stripling Byer's Wildwood Flower and Isabel Zuber's Salt, by Kristina L. Knotts

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Creative Writing

  • Genus Strombus, Species Alatus, a short story
    by Emily Stockard
    illustrated by Joyce Joines Newman
  • Night Light, 2006 Doris Betts Prize story, by Rhonda Strickland
    illustrated by Joan Mansfield
  • Opossum, a short story by Maureen A. Sherbondy
    photography by Charity Jules Valentine
  • Geraniums, a short story by Lucy Daniels
    illustrated by Joan Mansfield
  • Ortolans, a short story by Sarah Borden Wareck
    illustrated by Andrea L. Peterson
  • The Taxidermist, a short story by Forrest Anderson
    photography by Robert Puckett
  • The Miscarried, a poem by Laura Hope-Gill
    art by Shelton Bryant
  • Vanity Search and Weekend at Nantahala,
    two poems by Diana Mitchell
    art by Amy Freeman
  • Chicken Man and The Lizard Man, two poems
    by Lisa Hammond Rashley
    art by Kelly Adams

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Food Finds

  • "The Pleasures of Eating": Creating a Sustainable Community at Early Girl Eatery, by Sally Lawrence
  • Stuffed Collard Leaves, a recipe by Lorraine Hale Robinson

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Book Reviews

  • Loss and Belonging, a review of poetry collections by North Carolina's poet laureate and recent Pulitzer Prize winner, by Jeffrey Franklin
  • North Carolina Novelists Revisit the Civil War Era, a review of two historical novels, by Betina Entzminger
  • "less a memory than a darker shade," a review of three poetry collections, by James Kimbrell
  • A Classic Resurrected and an Overreaching Attempt Failed, a review of two historical novels,
    by Harriette C. Buchanan
  • Hear Charles Frazier read from Thirteen Moons 

  • Family, History, Land, a review of three poetry collections, by Tom Lombardo
  • South Watchers: Two Southerners Look Back, a review of two essay collections, by Jeff Abernathy


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North Carolina Writers

  • Dictionary of North Carolina Writers, W-Z, by Lorraine Hale Robinson
  • NC Newsbriefs

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