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Editors’ Blog

The plural possessive is intentional. This blog will give all of NCLR’s editors a place to tell you how they contribute to NCLR’s mission to preserve and promote North Carolina’s rich literary history.

A Daunting, but Successful First

Two years later, this beautiful issue has come together, and it is both what I imagined and different than what I imagined. Some pieces I solicited never came to fruition, and I received others that left me in awe of their brilliance.

A Great State for Poetry

Jeffrey Franklin, Poetry Editor: “…every spring … I have the privilege and pleasure of reading the semi-finalist submissions to NCLR’s annual James Applewhite Poetry Prize, selecting the finalists that will go on to the final judge – and NCLR pages.”

Relishing a Good Story

“…sometimes I relish my screening role: I really don’t need to make a firm decision between two poems, for example. I can send both.”

A Few Reasons Why We “Love Our Job”

2022 was busy—as most years are for the NCLR staff. The start of a new year seems like a good time to look back on the old year and realize all that we accomplished in 2022, then look forward to what’s ahead in 2023.

On the Subject of Thanksgiving

“Carrying on with the theme of gratitude, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the writers who’ve contributed book reviews to the journal through the years…”