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number 25 2016


cover design Dana Ezzell


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Read the NCLR 2016
Press Release.


2015-2016 Student
Staff Members:

Editorial Assistants

Teresa Bryson
Amanda Smith


William Eddins
Emily Gardiner
Melissa (Max) Herbert
Brianna Horton
Sidney Naron

NCLR 2016 Contents

celebrating 25 Years of the

Twenty-five Years in the Readingest State
issue introduction by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor

North Carolina Connections: An Interview
NCLR Editor Margaret Bauer
by Zackary Vernon
with Annie Frazier and Donna Kain

Tomes and Ducks
a poem by Jennifer Weiss
art by Joan Mansfield

Boone Summer: Adventures of a Bad Environmentalist
the 2015 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize essay by Zackary Vernon
(nominated by the editors for a Pushcart)

Splitting Oak
a poem by Richard Betz
art by Ronald G. Robertson

Keeping the Story Alive: Revisiting the Artistry of Donald Davis, John Foster West, Robert Inman, Hilda Downer, and Ron Rash           
by Anna Dunlap Higgins-Harrell

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Swallowhead Spring
a poem by Benjamin Pryor
art by Stephen H. Smith

A Drama of Class and Race:
Southern Progressivism in
Paul Green’s
The House of Connelly
by Kelly Vines

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Achmed’s Lesson
the 2015 Doris Betts Fiction Prize story
by Brad Field
(nominated by the editors for a Pushcart)
art by Robert Dunning

Why We Are "The Writingest State"
by Ed Southern

The Deep Shovel:
A Conversation with Jaki Shelton Green

by Amber Flora Thomas

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Hear Jaki Shelton Green talk about her work at the 2014 NC Writers Conference.

A Literary Mission Accomplished:
Twenty Years of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective

by L. Teresa Church

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Spring Tree Egg, She-Who-Changed, Alice, and Night Blooming Cereus
four poems by Marly Youmans
art from the ECU African Art Collection
and by Michael Dorsey and Sally Sutton

Great Dismal Day in the Morning
by Nathan Dixon

Where the Neuse Leads
a poem by Madison Garris
art by Paul Hartley




Rediscovering Mary Hancock,
"Warrior For Whimsey"
by Liz McGuffey

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Window in Winter Light
a poem by Robert Hill
art by Tony Bradley

Up Battle Creek
a poem by Joan McLean
art by Aspen Hochhalter

In the Company of Other Writers: An Interview With Marjorie Hudson
by Anne Anthony

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Apotheosis of the Boar and The Death of the Cat
two poems by Florence Nash
art by Warren Hicks

He’s Right Here, He Says
a short story by Jim Grimsley
(nominated by the editors for a Pushcart)
art by Kiki Farish

The Family of North Carolina’s Brothers Price:
An Interview with William S. Price, Jr.

by James W. Clark, Jr.

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a poem by Annie Frazier
(nominated by the editors for a Pushcart)
art by Diana Bloomfield

Dreaming England, Among the Empiricists, and The Serpent (latter nominated by the editors for a Pushcart)
three poems by James Applewhite
art by Billy Lee, Jordan Parah, and Joyce Stratton

Imprinted with Place:
A Conversation at Home with James Applewhite

by Rob McDonald

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We Could Call This Church
a poem by Marty Silverthorne
art by Jim Jacobs

To Be Emma Bovary  
the 2015 James Applewhite Poetry Prize poem
by Debra Kaufman
art by Kate Worm

Laughter in the Afternoon:
An Interview with Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle
by Barbara Bennett

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For Every Passion Something: The Myriad Book Clubs of North Carolina
by Cynthia Lewis

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