North Carolina Literary Review - Featured Readings!
North Carolina Literary Review is an award-winning literary magazine produced at East Carolina University, and the 2019 online issue of NCLR features content by and about the contributions of African Americans in North Carolina’s past and present. NCLR is celebrating Poetry Month by featuring readings of poems published in the new 2019 issue as well as the 2018 issue of NCLR. Reading with us today will be AMBER FLORA THOMAS, CATHERINE CARTER, LAURENCE AVERY, JON OBERMEYER, J. S. ABSHER, CRAIG THOMPSON FRIEND and CRYSTAL SIMONE SMITH. Amber Flora Thomas was the judge of the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Competition; she selected Catherine Carter’s “Womb-room” as the winning piece which will be published in the 2019 print issue.
The special feature section of the online issue opens with an introduction by the editor, Margaret Bauer, who notes that although “The North Carolina Literary Review has featured African American writers since its first issue,” it was time to, quoting North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, “make room for the ‘Otherness.’” The print issue will include essays on and interviews with North Carolina African American writers from the slave poet George Moses Horton to Stephanie Powell Watts, author of No One Is Coming to Save Us. To read NCLR Online and to subscribe to the print issue, visit NCLR.ECU.edu.