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number 26 2017


cover design Dana Ezzell

cover art Jane Desonier


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NCLR 2017 Contents


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

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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

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

Sonny Man and the Snake
(nominated by the editors for a Pushcart)
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

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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

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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

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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
(nominated by the editors for a Pushcart)
poem by Russell Colver
art by Joe Muench

The Anderson Kid
the 2016 Doris Betts Fiction Prize
(nominated by the editors for a Pushcart)
story by Anita Collins
art by Barbara Tyroler

Clear Channel
(nominated by the editors for a Pushcart)
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



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

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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
by Jim Coby

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2016-2017 Student
Staff Members:

Editorial Assistants

Teresa Bryson
Cameron Green


Josephina Cariño
Jasmine Cruz
Ellen K. Franks
Seth Gulledge
Jacqueline Nelson
Sarah Quinn
Dominique Reyes-Hildel

L-R, Seth, Elle, editor, Jasmine, Ina, Teresa, Dominique

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