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North Carolina Literary Review

Edited by Margaret D. Bauer, East Carolina University

Frequency: Annually (June)

Latest Issue: 2019, vol. 28

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 has been adopted as an official publication of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Members receive a subscription to the journal as a benefit of membership. For more information, visit our membership page.

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Margaret D. Bauer

Art Director
Dana Ezzell Lovelace

Art Editor
Diane Rodman

Poetry Editor
Jeffrey Franklin

Fiction Editor
Liza Wieland

Assistant Editors
Angela Love Kitchin
Randall Martoccia
Helen Stead

Managing Editor
Sean Morris

Assistant Art Editor
Max Herbert

Graphic Designers
Karen Baltimore
Stephanie Whitlock Dicken

2018-2019 Editorial Assistants
Cody Pollard
Michael Ryan Smith

2018-2019 Interns
Dylan Newitt Allen
Alyssa Coleman
Jordan Crawford
Alexis Gadzinski
Mellisa Glen
Susie Hedley
Max Kilgore
Tay Peed
Zak Sheppard

Founding Editor
Alex Albright

Original Art Director
Eva Roberts

Table of Contents

Number 28, 2019

Featuring North Carolina African American Literature

Leaving Home to Return Home: Writing North Carolina Homeplace from the Particular to the Universal
an Interview with Stephanie Powell Watts by DeLisa D. Hawkes and Maia L. Butler

“Wildness Was Nothing to Admire”:  African American Environmental Thought and the Importance of Place in Stephanie Powell Watts’s No One is Coming to Save Us
an essay by Jessica Cory

Fable in the Storm, To the Island, and To Home
three poems by Amber Flora Thomas

“seeing the opportunity in tomorrow”:  An Interview with Jason Mott
an interview by Jennifer Larson

a poem by Kevin Dublin

Glenis Redmond: Poet, Teaching Artist, Griot
an interview by Lisa Sarasohn

Dreams Speak: My Father’s Words and Every One of My Names
two poems by Glenis Redmond

A Visitation with Randall Kenan
an interview by George Hovis

Bombingham, 1963
a poem by L. Teresa Church

“let them be black and beautiful”: A Black Southerner’s Grasp at Self-Respect in C. Eric Lincoln’s The Avenue, Clayton City
an essay by Francine L. Allen

Looking for Charles
an essay by Jennifer Harding

Aun’ Peggy: Charles Chesnutt’s Vampire Slayer?
an essay by Trudier Harris

Disembodied Intimacies and Shadows of True Womanhood: Reclaiming Agency in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
an essay by Ashley Burge

The Literary Friendship of George Moses Horton and Caroline Lee Hentz
an essay by Patrick E. Horn

“the verses from our pen to him belong”: National Identity in the Political Homages of George Moses Horton
an essay by Justin Williams


A Literary Scholar and a Surrogate Granddaughter Contemplate the Life and Work of Zoe Kincaid Brockman

Lyrical Journalism, Investigative Poetry
by Rebecca Duncan

Remembering Grandmother Zoe
by Lyn Triplett

A Calling, Travelers, and April in October
three poems by James Applewhite

the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize
poem by Catherine Carter

How Rhodon the Tutor Prepared Cleopatra’s Son and In my yard are henbit
two poems by J.S. Absher

Girl Praxis
a poem by Nilla Larsen


Leander’s Lies
the 2018 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize
essay by Nancy Werking Poling

a poem by Sally Thomas

Landscape with Death and Birth
the 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award
essay by Jennifer Brown

Smoke and Oreos
a poem by Gwen Holt

a poem by Melinda Thomsen

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Current subscriptions: 500+
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