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NCLR’s Debut Spring Issue Continues Focus on Disability Literature 

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cover art by Donna Stubbs



The North Carolina Literary Review has just released its debut spring issue, making NCLR a quarterly journal in its 32nd year. In NCLR Online Spring 2024, guest feature editor Casey Kayser adds more book reviews, poetry, and prose to the collection of North Carolina Disability Literature, the 2024 feature theme. The issue’s cover features art by Donna Stubbs from Chapel Hill, NC. More of her work complements a poem by Morrow Dowdle in the feature section, which also includes poetry by Glenis Redmond with art by ransome, and an Albright Creative Nonfiction finalist essay by heather liz with art by Susan C. Fecho. Dr. Kayser, Director of the Medical Humanities Program at the University of Arkansas, expresses her excitement “that this theme has engaged so many writers and artists from North Carolina as well as those writing about their work” and reminds readers to subscribe so as not to miss the print issue this summer with more writing about disability in North Carolina literature. 

In her introduction to the issue’s Flashbacks section, Editor Margaret Bauer explains, “It is largely the content of this section that convinced me it was time to become a quarterly.” Essays by such literary luminaries as North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee James W. Clark, Jr. (on Thomas Wolfe and A.R. Ammons) and 2024 inductee Joseph Bathanti (on Ronald Bayes), as well as the 2024 John Ehle Prize essay by Elaine Neil Orr on David Payne’s Outer Banks trilogy made beginning a fourth issue an easy decision. Add to that the increasing number of NC-authored books to review and both semi- and finalists from our creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry contests, more of which are also in the North Carolina Miscellany section of the issue. Indeed, the issue includes three 2023 James Applewhite Poetry Prize honorable mention poems: by Nathan Snead, S. L. Cockerille, and Melanie Tafejian and another Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize honorable mention, Dawn Reno Langley.  

NCLR Online issues are open access to widely introduce new books by North Carolina writers and share the latest writing and literary news of the state. Access this issue via the NCLR website, and subscribe to NCLR for the 2024 print issue, with essays on and interviews with writers with disabilities and more winners of our 2023 contests. 

Produced since 1992 at East Carolina University, and published by the University of North Carolina Press, the multiple award-winning North Carolina Literary Review has a mission to preserve and promote North Carolina’s rich literary culture. NCLR introduces new and emerging writers; reintroduces forgotten authors; showcases work in literary criticism, interviews, book reviews, fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry; and reports on literary news stories. We complement the writing with the work of North Carolina artists and photographers.