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From The Archives

Each Friday, NCLR will post content from past issues. All past issues are currently available for purchase. Or check your library’s digital collections to read the full piece.

Wright Collection is a “Southern Literary Hall of Fame”

Friday from the Archives: “The Collector: On the Occasion of the Opening of the Stuart Wright Exhibit” by Fred Chappell from NCLR 21 (2012).

When the Stuart Wright Collection opened at Joyner Library in 2012, author Fred Chappell, in his speech to commemorate the occasion, was well aware of how important the collection was: “it is the definitive collection of Southern literature from World War I to the mid-1980s…”

Honoring Minnie Bruce Pratt and Feminary

Friday from the Archives: “Hearing Me Into Speech: Lesbian Feminist Publishing in North Carolina” by Wynn Cherry and “Look What Happened Here: North Carolina’s Feminary Collective” by Tamara Powell, from NCLR 9 (2000). We join with friends and family in mourning the passing of poet, writer, activist Minnie Bruce Pratt…

Do Tell: Griffin Writes Elder Gays Love Story

Friday from the Archives: “The Things They Have To Endure To Stay Together”: A Conversation with Matthew Griffin by Jim Coby from NCLR 26 (2017).

It’s always exciting to read stories about older queers, especially since we have lost so many of them (people and their stories). Matthew Griffin’s first novel, Hide, explored the quiet relationship between two North Carolina men for their entire lives.

Remembering Peter Makuck

Friday from the Archives: “The Poet and The Sea”: an Interview with Peter Makuck by Gary Ettari from NCLR 16 (2007).

We remember and give thanks for our dear friend Peter Makuck, who passed away this week after a long illness. He was a champion for our work and for poetry in North Carolina and beyond.

Expanding Queer Southern Stories

Friday from the Archives: “A Wanderer of the Earth and a Son of the Community: Place and the Question of Queers in the Rural Souths of Lee Smith and Randall Kenan” by Harry Thomas from NCLR 17 (2008).

“In an endnote contained within his The Queer Renaissance (1997), critic Robert McRuer says that “migration-to-the-big-city novels could com­pete against coming-out stories for the title of ‘Most Common Lesbian/Gay Genre.”

Endings or Beginnings? The Lost Colony Drama Remains

Friday from the Archives: “into the vast unknown”? The Changing Ending of Paul Green’s The Lost Colony By E. Thomson Shields, Jr. from NCLR Issue 27 (2018)

It’s the unofficial start of summer, which means one of North Carolina’s most well-known stories and summer adventures is getting started for the season. The outdoor symphonic drama The Lost Colony has been important to several North Carolina industries over the years.

Bourbon and Branch Water: Hardy’s “Wedding Belles”

Friday from the Archives: “Wedding Belles” fiction by Melissa Hardy from NCLR Issue 12 (2003)

Clad in a flame azalea organdy leftover bridesmaid dress from her older sister’s wedding, Julia Snow (of the Chapel Hill Snows) is attending her college roommate Muffin’s wedding in Charlotte. Julia thought she, like Muffin, like her sisters, like many other women of her time, would have gotten an MRS degree along with her Music BA. As it turns out, she didn’t and is now pondering what, and who, her future holds.

Hallberg’s “City on Fire” Makes Jump to Television

Friday from the Archives: “Make Believe with Utter Conviction: An Interview With Garth Risk Hallberg” by Brian Glover from NCLR Issue 24 (2017) “Brian Glover interviewed Hallberg during his novel book tour in 2015. Glover wrote, “By any measure, Garth Risk Hallberg’s novel City on Fire was one of the major literary events of 2015…”