North Carolina Literary Review

Edited by Margaret D. Bauer, East Carolina University

Frequency: Annually (July)

Latest Issue: 2023, vol. 32

Size: 7.75 x 10"

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 1063-0724


The North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by North Carolina writers, as well as interviews, articles, and essays about the state’s authors, literary history, and writing culture. A cross between a scholarly journal and a literary magazine, NCLR has won numerous awards and citations, including five from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals: the Best New Journal award in 1994, the Best Journal Design award in 1999 and 2010, the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2007, and the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2014.

The NCLR is produced at East Carolina University. Started in 1991, it was inspired by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association to be a companion to the North Carolina Historical Review, with a mission to promote and support writers who are a part of the state’s rich literary tradition. NCLR not only introduces new and emerging writers, but also celebrates forgotten authors who have influenced the culture and history of the Old North State.

The print issue is published in the summer. It is available via subscription and in independent bookstores across the state. Since 2012, a separate, open access digital issue (NCLR Online) is published in the winter. The creative writing in both issues is complemented with fine art by North Carolina artists.

Editor since 1997, Margaret D. Bauer is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature and Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University in Greenville, where she received the university’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activity in 2014. She is the author of The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist (1999), William Faulkner’s Legacy (2005), Understanding Tim Gautreaux (2010), and A Study of Scarletts: Scarlett O’Hara and Her Literary Daughters (2014), as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals. She has also edited two Paul Green books: James Spence’s Green biography and a new critical edition of Green’s play The House of Connelly.

The NCLR is an official member benefit for the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Become a member and receive a subscription to the journal and also to the North Carolina Historical Review. For rates and more information visit their membership page.

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Margaret D. Bauer

Art Director
Dana Ezzell Lovelace

Poetry Editor
Jeffrey Franklin

Art Editor
Diane Rodman

Graphic Designers
Karen Baltimore
Stephanie Whitlock Dicken
Sarah Elks

Senior Associate Editor
Christy Alexander Hallberg

Assistant Editors
Anne Mallory
Randall Martoccia

Senior Editorial Assistant
Megan Smith

2022-2023 Editorial Assistants
Cassidy Barbee
Keegan Holder
Daniel C. Moreno
Wendy Tilley

2022-2023 Interns
Lauren Cekada
Dasani Cropper
Megan Howell
Ashley Mills

Founding Editor
Alex Albright

Original Art Director
Eva Roberts

Table of Contents

Number 32, 2023

Native American Literature of North Carolina

Includes interviews, essays, and poetry
Melissa D. Birkhofer
Mary Leauna Christensen
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
Mae Miller Claxton
Jessica Cory
Tonya Holy Elk
Jill Goad
Jane Haladay
Erica Abrams Locklear
Miriam Brown Spiers
Kirstin L. Squint
Rhiannon Skye Tafoya
Paul M. Worley


Includes interviews, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction
Theresa Dowell Blackinton
Barbara Campbel
Scott Dill
George Hovis
Michael Parker
Erin Miller Reid


Includes creative nonfiction and poetry
Audrey Jennifer Smith
Nancy Swanson


Joshua Adams
Lisa Albert-Vaughn
Joan C. Blackwell
Jody Bradley
Bea Brayboy
Bridget Conn
Raven Dial-Stanley
John Henry Gloyne
Gene Locklear
Gloria Tara Lowery
Joan Mansfield
Freeman Owle
Evynn Richardson
Earl Robbins
Pete Sack
Bethany Salisbury
Caroleen Sanders
Rhiannon Skye Tafoya
Caroline Hickman Vaughan
Rachel Marie-Crane Williams

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