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North Carolina Literary Review

Edited by Margaret D. Bauer, East Carolina University

Frequency: Annually (June)

Latest Issue: 2020, vol. 29

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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Institutional price – $27.00
Foreign Institutional price – $35.00
Foreign Individual price – $27.00

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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
Randall Martoccia
Helen Stead

Managing Editors
Sean Morris
Angela Love Moser

Graphic Designers
Karen Baltimore
Stephanie Whitlock Dicken

2019-2020 Editorial Assistants
Megan Brown
Max Kilgore
Laura Pittman
Ashten Shope
Mayee Zhu

2019-2020 Interns
Emily Bolton
Matthew Giordano
Lily Johnson
Amber Knox
Devin Raines

Founding Editor
Alex Albright

Original Art Director
Eva Roberts

Table of Contents

Number 29, 2020

North Carolina Expatriate Writers

Fugitive Slave Ex-Pats: The Myth of Northern Black Freedom in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Ryan David Furlong

Going in Reverse: The Post-Plessy Railroad in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Colonel’s Dream
by Lydia E. Ferguson

The Cartography of Moira Crone: Mapping Visionary Fiction and Fantastic Futures
interview by Jim Grimsley, 2020 John Ehle Prize Winner
art by Moira Crone

Knowing Your Place: Tony Earley’s Human Geography
by Jimmy Dean Smith

Gwendolyn Parker on Community, Writing, and the “Human Capacity for Forgiveness and Growth”
an interview by Jenn Brandt

“I want out”: The Expatriate  Lionel Shriver
by Eric Walker

“music Is the bearing”: An Interview with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
by Amber Flora Thomas

The Change; America, I Sing Back; Putting Up Beans; and Off-Season
four poems by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Hard Work and Determination Pay Off: An Interview with Ben Fountain
by Michael K. Brantley
photography by Watson Brown

“Fight for your life”: Segregation, Im/mobilities, and the Fight for African American Futures
in Stephanie Powell Watts’s
 No One Is Coming to Save Us
by Maia L. Butler and DeLisa D. Hawkes
art by Jamaal Barber

The Master of Movement: An Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal
by Helen Stead

Racism Squared
a poem by Glenis Redmond
art by Kevin E. Cole


Zora Neale Hurston in North Carolina: Drama, Education, and Contemporary Activism
2019 Paul Green Prize essay by Rachel Warner  

Eclipse and Icon
two poems by Fred Chappell
art by Matt McConnell and Taylor O. Thomas

Trees Stars the Seasons, Thinking Music, and In the Art Museum  
three poems by James Applewhite
art by Ellen Kong, Jordan Parah, and Peter Filene

Meditation in a Glass House
2019 James Applewhite Poetry Prize poem by Wayne Johns
art by Michael Sherrill

Something Coming
2019 Doris Betts Fiction Prize story by Katey Schultz
art by Lori Vrba

The Ghost Girls of Ottawa, Illinois
second place poem by Debra Kaufman
art by Aspen Hochhalter

honorable mention poem by Marty Silverthorne
art by Robert Motherwell

Franz, North Carolina, 1949
honorable mention poem by Jane Sasser
art by Franz Kline

Never Mind the Apocalypse, Here’s Jeff Jackson
an interview by Christy Alexander Hallberg
art by Jeff Jackson

Late Shift
honorable mention poem by Valerie Nieman
art by Austin Cathey

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Current subscriptions: 500+
Retail sales: locations throughout NC, from Ocracoke to Sylva
Excess print run is distributed to magazines, book review editors, publishers, agents, writers, and academics across the US.


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To order back issues of Numbers 1-26 please visit the NCLR store at East Carolina University.