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.
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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.
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Dana Ezzell Lovelace
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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
a poem by Glenis Redmond
art by Kevin E. Cole
FLASHBACKS: ECHOES OF PAST ISSUES
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
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
honorable mention poem by Valerie Nieman
art by Austin Cathey
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