Additional Programs during Greensboro Bound

Additional Programs during Greensboro Bound

There is always something going on in Greensboro and the weekend of May 18-20 is no exception.

In addition to Greensboro Bound programming, here some additional activities we think might interest you.

FLYIN’ WEST by Pearl Cleage
Presented by Scrapmettle Entertainment Group and The Drama Center at City Arts
May 17 – 19 7:30 pm May 20 3:30 pm
Caldcleugh 1700 Orchard Street Greensboro, NC 27406

After the Civil War, many former slaves, anxious to leave the south and avoiding the dangers of Reconstruction, went west under the Homestead Act to build new lives. Many were black women who overcame tremendous odds to work their own land and make a place for themselves. Set in 1898, Flyin’ West is the story of African-American female pioneers who settled their own land, built their lives together and became their sisters keepers in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.

Playwright and author Pearl Cleage will be joining Greensboro Bound for our Memoir/Biography panel at 2 pm on Saturday, May 19.

For more information, and to buy tickets, click here.

Opens May 19 at the Greensboro History Museum
130 Summit Ave.

Greensboro History Museum’s phenomenal, newly created installation space investigates the sounds and sensations of typewriting. Take part in hands-on activities on vintage typewriters. Plus, see typewriters owned by Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemingway, John Lennon and others from the Soboroff Typewriter Collection on view through August 19.

For More information, click here.

a fine art photography exhibition featuring the work of Regina DeLuise, Mary Ellen Bartley, and Curt Richter
Greensboro Project Space 219 W. Lewis Street May 18 – 23
Opening Reception Saturday, May 19 5:30 pm


Regina DeLuise

Drawn to the ineffable and the curious nature of the real, Regina DeLuise explores the visual complexities of contemporary experience through interiors, still life, portraiture and landscape photography. She is moved by the power of the photographic image and its uncanny ability to embody the depth and richness of the human experience. Her images reveal a great love of the medium, the recognition of light, circumstance, and a need to roam toward the unknown.

Mary Ellen Bartley

“Mary Ellen Bartley has a legacy of considering books. Her new project, Reading Grey Gardens is her fifth project focusing on the book as object, following Reading Robert Wilson, Library Copies, Standing Open, Paperbacks, and Standing Open. Her new project was found close to home on the tip of Long Island, when she learned that the books of the Beale family’s Grey Gardens have survived over the years. Her documentation of their library not only reflects personal history but also the interesting connections between book titles and the owner’s unique lifestyle.” -Lenscratch

Read about the Reading Grey Gardens series here.

Curt Richter

Thousand Words: Portraits from the Key West Literary Seminar is Richter’s latest collection of writers’ portraits. Among the renowned novelists, poets, and essayists included are Margaret Atwood, Michael Cunningham, Geoff Dyer, Adam Gopnik, Karen Russell, George Saunders, and Gore Vidal, to name a few.

“Curt’s the only photographer I’ve ever met who could actually talk.” – Pat Conroy

Nikki Giovanni is Greensboro Bound

Nikki Giovanni is Greensboro Bound

Greensboro Bound is very happy to welcome Nikki Giovanni to the final day of the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival on Sunday May 20. Ms. Giovanni will speak at the Harrison Auditorium on the campus of A&T University at 6 pm.

The Nikki Giovanni event is now sold out. 

Giovanni is the author of numerous children books and poetry collections, including Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid (William Morrow, 2013), Bicycles: Love Poems (William Morrow, 2009); Acolytes (HarperCollins, 2007); The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998 (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2003); Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not-Quite Poems (William Morrow, 2002); Blues For All the Changes: New Poems (William Morrow, 1999); Love Poems (William Morrow, 1997); and Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni (University Press of Mississippi, 1996). In her first two collections, Black Feeling, Black Talk (Harper Perennial, 1968) and Black Judgement (Broadside Press, 1969), Giovanni reflects on the African-American identity.

Her honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1970, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Dedication and Commitment to Service in 2009, three NAACP Image Awards for Literature in 1998, the Langston Hughes award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters in 1996, as well as more than twenty honorary degrees from national colleges and universities. She has been given keys to more than a dozen cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, and New Orleans.

Several magazines have named Giovanni Woman of the Year, including Essence, Mademoiselle, Ebony, and Ladies Home Journal. She was the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award. She has served as poetry judge for the National Book Awards and was a finalist for a Grammy Award in the category of Spoken Word.

She is currently University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, where she has taught since 1987.

Naima Coster talks with Greensboro Bound

Naima Coster talks with Greensboro Bound

Interview by Gale Greenlee

Naima Coster is no stranger to Greensboro Bound. Back in July, she was featured as one of six authors in our first official event, Women’s Work: Writers on Truth, Beauty, Creativity. Since then, she’s been juggling stops from New York to San Francisco to promote her debut novel, Halsey Street (Little A, 2018). Set primarily in the gentrifying world of Bed-Stuy, the novel introduces us to Penelope Grand, a millennial art-school dropout who returns home to care for her aging father, Ralph. His now-defunct record store was a cornerstone of the community before sushi bars and coffee shops dotted the local landscape. We also meet Mirella, Penelope’s estranged mother, who attempts to reconnect from her home in the Dominican Republic. The story, like Coster, moves. I caught up with her on one of her off days from Wake Forest University, where she teaches writing. The Brooklyn-born Durham transplant (and winner of the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue nonfiction prize judged by the Bad Feminist herself, Roxane Gay) talked about her work, about being black and Latina, and about living on your own terms.

GG: Naima, there’s a lot going on here: music, art, booze, mother-daughter issues, father-daughter issues, race and class. It’s smoldering. How do you describe Halsey Street? What is the story about, at its core, for you?

NC: At its core, Halsey Street is about place and how it shapes us, familial obligation and the way it is carried by women. Above all, it’s about being stuck — in memory, fearfulness, loneliness, in between worlds — and figuring out how to get unstuck and live.

GG: I’m always curious where stories start. Where’d the idea for Halsey Street come from? What was the genesis?

NC: Halsey Street was from many seeds: an essay I wrote for the New York Times about gentrifying Fort Greene, called Remembering When Brooklyn Was Mine, a curiosity about a daughter character who resists her homecoming, and the streets of Bed-Stuy that I loved and where I briefly lived.

GG: Can you talk about the role of race and class in the novel? Obviously, we’re dealing with gentrification, and young, white professionals and families moving into Bed-Stuy. How important are the changing racial, ethnic, and class demographics to the story and to your characters?

NC: Race and class are integral to the novel because they make up the fabric of the [characters’] lives. These elements affect how the characters see themselves, as well as the channels and barriers to connection between them. For me, race and class dynamics are part of the social reality of life in Brooklyn and, certainly, in the United States, and they’re also part of the most intimate realities of my characters who live in this context.

GG: In terms of characters, I love your rendering of Mirella. I was really rooting for Mirella and found her to be a sympathetic character.

NC: I’m fascinated by Mirella as somebody who wants to make amends but is still standing by her decisions and the decisions she made for her own well-being. I also think she’s interesting because her daughter, in many ways, is reproducing a lot of the toxic ideas we have about motherhood in our culture. Mirella did make some mistakes that I would not endorse, but Penelope gives her a particularly hard time. I think although Penelope sees Mirella chiefly as a bad mother, the reader gets to know her as a mother but also as a young girl, a little bit, and as a woman who had dreams and aspirations in her own right. Although I started the book with Penelope, Mirella was the greatest mystery for me and the most fun to try and crack into. She’s sort of [hmm…]  “monstrous” is a strong word. But to have the work of rendering her in more complicated terms than Penelope describes her was a good challenge for me as a writer.

GG: I’m wondering about your taking us to the Dominican Republic. You include some Spanish, noticeably not italicized, which I appreciated. Did you have any concern that readers might not be able to “go there” with you because of the language?

NC: It seemed important to include Spanish in this book, given who my characters are. It would feel untrue to their minds – because we are often in their minds – not to include Spanish. I was very deliberate in which words I thought had to be rendered in Spanish. And not italicizing them was also a way of showing that these words are not foreign to my characters. They wouldn’t appear in italics in their minds, and so they shouldn’t on the page. It’s a common practice. But I think it violates principles of point of view. That felt important to me. . . . I choose to trust my readers to engage in a way that’s active and requires some work from them. There are lots of things we don’t get as readers, even if it’s entirely in a language we speak — whether it’s unfamiliar vocabulary, an allusion that we don’t get or a sentence that we trip over. I think it’s a myth about reading that we get everything . . . and that the writer can somehow make a text intelligible to everyone. So I didn’t worry about it. . . . Readers will respond in a range of ways, and that’s beyond my control.

GG: How did you and your editor Morgan Parker (author of There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce) come together? You don’t get to choose your editor, and most writers of color don’t often see another person of color in that position.

NC: Morgan courted me, which was really great. She had read some of my stuff online and knew that I had a book that I was going to try and sell soon.

GG: That’s exciting.

NC: It’s very exciting, and I felt grateful for that, that she was interested in the work and was very honest about saying that she would be a good advocate for me and that she would protect my book. I believed her, and it was true.  It was great because there was no messy politics and thinking about the market. I just didn’t have to deal with that . . .

GG: . . . with the business aspect? Because it is a business.

NC: Yeah. But it was about the book. There was no fussing over things that I thought had nothing to do with the richness or strength of the book as a narrative. We could focus on that instead of “Maybe Mirella should have a more exciting job . . . because her story won’t fulfill the voyeuristic desires that readers have” or “Who wants to read about cleaning houses?” There were none of those presumptions. We could just focus on what mattered, which was the characters and their relationships in Brooklyn. So I was very lucky to work with her, very lucky.

GG: Speaking of powerful women in the writing world . . . you’ve gotten some major press and some big names calling attention to your work: Jacqueline Woodson and Angie Cruz. And of course, we know about Roxane Gay and your winning the CA Nonfiction Prize. Are you basking in this? Or is this surreal? How does it feel to receive that kind of congratulatory love from women who are really doing it and are now ushering you into the fold?

NC: It’s a huge gift to me, and I experience it as acts of generosity from these women. I feel very grateful for that, and I want to learn from them in their generosity. . . . I really do think it was an act of kindness, and I have been moved by it . . . . But it’s also unreal.

GG: You’ve been traveling a lot since the book came out, and you’re going to be part of Greensboro Bound. I’m curious about one of the panels. All of the writers on that panel identify in some way as Latinx. I’m curious about that connection for you. How do you feel about Latinx identity and misrecognition?

NC: It [misrecognition] has been a feature of my life for a long time. It still never feels good, but it’s something I’m quite accustomed to. I think it has made me appreciate being understood–on the terms that I want to be–that much more. I’ve been really grateful that there have been a lot of folk in the black reader and black publishing community that have welcomed me and celebrated the novel with open arms. I think sometimes people think “Afro-Latina, what does that mean? Does that mean bi-racial, half of this and half of this?” My whole ancestry is in the Caribbean. My family’s from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Curaçao. I often feel that people who misidentify me, or attempt to identify me before I identify, don’t know the story of the Caribbean.

GG: There are so many references to music in Halsey Street. Are there songs that make you think of Brooklyn or the Caribbean, or that remind you of home?

NC: I have to say Naima by John Coltrane because I’m named after it. . . . When I think about Brooklyn, I always think about Mos Def. So Mathematics is a song I love. . . . It has this line: “Blacker than midnight on Broadway and Myrtle.” There’s an intersection in the book where they’re at Broadway and Myrtle . . . a major intersection. And then there’s a Dominican bachata that I always associate with my grandmother. It’s called Regresa Amor [by Raulin Rodriguez]. My grandmother used to sing it at family parties.

GG: I know this is your first novel, but it’s not your first work of fiction. If you had to pinpoint what makes Halsey Street a “Naima Coster” work, what would you say?

NC: I’d say, sensory immersion and place. Sensitivity to the inner lives of characters and the emotions that are deeply felt and often go unsaid. . . .

GG: That’s why I said “smoldering” earlier.

NC: I like that. And attention to memory, the bringing together of past and present in the same book, the same chapter and sometimes the same paragraph.

GG: What are you reading now?

NC: I’m reading Never Let Me Go [by Kazuo Ishiguro]. I understand how he got the Nobel. It’s really beautiful. I’ve also been reading The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips, which reimagines Wuthering Heights with Heathcliff as a young black boy in London. It’s a mosaic that captures different characters in different time periods. It’s about migration, race, and England, and family dynamics — a lot of the things I love, and I deeply admire Caryl Phillips. He’s brilliant.

GG: One last thing, and it’s super silly. I heard you watch Jane the Virgin. Who’s your favorite character?

NC: I love the relationships between the women. That’s the reason I watch. But I love Xiomara . . . this woman whose own mother’s disappointments have been heaped on top of her, but she’s still committed to being free and living her own way.

GG: I’m seeing an interest here – between the show and your novel – in free women.

NC: And in living on your own terms. I think about my own story as a child who became a scholarship kid at a prep school. I was thinking so much about how to earn my belonging through behavior and excellence. And it took me a long time to see how racist that is.

GG: . . . the whole politics of respectability.

NC: (Nods) So I look at Ximora, with her short shorts and her singing career, and I admire her.


Gale Greenlee is a Greensboro native and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work explores the connection between black and Latina girlhoods, geography and social justice in kids/YA lit. When she’s not writing, she binge watches Jane the Virgin.



Who’s Coming to Greensboro Bound?

Who’s Coming to Greensboro Bound?

We had a party a few weeks ago to talk about all of the authors (over 70!) arriving in Greensboro May17-20 for our Greensboro Bound Literary Festival and some of the folks there helped us with the announcement.

We’ll have our schedule on the website very soon.

In the meantime, you can listen to Brian Lampkin talk about the festival on the new Greensboro podcast, Gate City Chatter.

Author Dan Pink is Greensboro Bound

Author Dan Pink is Greensboro Bound

Author Daniel Pink is Greensboro Bound

Daniel Pink is the New York Times best-selling author of sic books, including Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us and To Sell is Human. His newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, was on the New York Times Bestseller List within a week of its release.

Pink was host and co-executive producer of Crowd Control, a television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel. He also appears on NPR’s Hidden Brain and the PBS NewsHour. He’s a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired and a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph.

Thinkers 50 (link) has named him one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world. Pink’s TED talk (link) on motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED talks of all time, with over 19 million views.

Daniel Pink writes at the cutting edge of science and business, delving deep into research and mining data for insights on how human feel, think, and interact with each other. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel Pink explores and explains a wealth of research and studies into the ‘when’ of things. “We simply don’t take issues of when as seriously as we take questions of what,” he writes. He’s here to correct that.

For instance, exercise is best done in the morning if we want to lose weight and boost our mood for the day, Pink says, but those who want to perform at their physical peak, should put it off until the afternoon. (A disproportionate number of Olympic records are set in the afternoon, for instance.)

When is the best time to have surgery, to get married? How does our mood effect our decision making and how does that mood ebb and flow throughout the day? And, when is the best time for important conversations with employees or investors? This book provides data, case studies, and personal observation to explore how we can make the ‘when of our lives work to our advantage. There’s more in The Washington Post.

“Perhaps we find it simply too hard to believe that our thoughts and actions are really so vulnerable to the time of day. Mercifully, Mr. Pink delivers the bad news about our time-based weaknesses with some good news about how to compensate for them,” Emily Bobrow writes in The Wall Street Journal.

Daniel Pink will speak at 7pm on Friday, May 18 as part of the Greensboro Bound Book Festival.





Podcast on Self Publishing

Podcast on Self Publishing

by Deonna Kelli Sayed

Our program, Self Publishing: the Good, the Bad, the Realistic took place on February 1, 2018, as part of Greensboro Bound’s Literary Jungle, Literary Community series on publishing and building a writing community. Deonna Kelli Sayed spoke with the panelists after the session and created a podcast as a short primer on self-publishing. Sayed will produce two more podcasts for Greensboro Bound on the remaining events of the series: NC Small Presses and Literary Citizenship (March 21st)

Ashley R. “Milli” Lumpkin was born on Juneteenth in Arizona and leaves it to you to draw conclusions about freedom and fire. She is the author of two chapbooks, {} At First Sight and Terrorism and Other Topics for Tea, and one full length collection,#AshleyLumpkin. A lover of performance as well as the written word, she has been a competing member of Piedmont SLAM, Scuppernong Slammers, and the Bull City Slam team. She hosts the open mic series “Untitled: New Works and Works in Progress.” Ashley has been a featured presenter and/or facilitator at various colleges and universities across the country. Click here to learn more.

Steve Mitchell  is an award-winning writer and co-owner of Scuppernong Books. His fiction and poetry has appeared in december magazine, The Southeast Review, Contrary, The North Carolina Literary Review, and Flash Fiction Magazine, among others. His short story collection, The Naming of Ghosts, was published by Press 53 in 2013. His debut novel, Cloud Diary, comes out Spring 2018 from C&R Press. Click here to learn more.

David Stewart White is a travel writer and an owner of Scuppernong Books. He is the coauthor of Let’s Take the Kids to LondonTravels Beyond Downton AbbeyPortugal–A Tale of Small Cities, and Travels Beyond Outlander. His travel articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Charlotte Observer, The Three Tomatoes, AAA World Magazine, and in numerous travel websites and online magazines.

Deb Hosey White is a writer and an owner of Scuppernong Books. She is the author of the novels Pink Slips and Parting Gifts and Magic Numbers. Deb is the coauthor of Let’s Take the Kids to LondonTravels Beyond Downton AbbeyPortugal–A Tale of Small Cities, and Travels Beyond Outlander. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post and The Three Tomatoes e-zine.


Kevin Powers Headlines Saturday Night at Greensboro Bound

Kevin Powers Headlines Saturday Night at Greensboro Bound

by Brian Lampkin

The novelist and poet Kevin Powers will be our keynote speaker for Saturday’s line-up of Greensboro Bound events. Powers will appear at the International Civil Rights Museum and Center at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 19.

Powers exploded on the literary scene with his 2012 novel The Yellow Birds, which was a National Book Award finalist. He served in the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004-05, and The Yellow Birds has been called “the first literary masterpiece produced by the Iraq War” (Los Angeles Times). The dread anticipation of battle commingles with hazy memories of terror throughout this uniquely powerful work:

“I imagined it all, the first wound coming soon, in fall or what would pass for winter, likely to be cold, apt to be. I’d bleed, to be sure, if I were not also concussed, boxed on the ears, and de- and re-pressurized in an instant. I would bleed. I’ll bleed…. Murph would find my body, but first I had to become a body, so that there would be something to be shot, but more likely there would be an explosion, more likely there would be metal made into sheets with jagged edges folded over into my skin and my skin would be torn. And as confusion always seems to follow blasts, I would be left to bleed until my face became gray and my skin all over became gray, and thus I would become a body.”

Powers has a new novel set to publish just a week before the festival. A Shout in the Ruins opens in Civil War Virginia but quickly travels in time to the Jim Crow south of Richmond in the 1950s. Ron Rash has already said Powers has created “a novel that resonates out of the past to address the most timely issues of America in our own century. What an impressive novel.”

Greensboro Bound festival-goers have the rare opportunity to be there at the cusp of a major book’s arrival on the literary scene. Greensboro novelist Drew Perry will introduce Kevin Powers, and we advise that you get in line early. The Civil Rights Museum auditorium has limited seating and this event will likely fill up quickly.

Kevin Powers:

A Shout in the Ruins (2018).
The Yellow Birds (2012). National Book Award Finalist, The Guardian First Book Award, Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award.
Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting (Poetry, 2014).

Drew Perry:

This Is Just Exactly Like You (2011)
Kids These Days (2014)

Brian Lampkin is co-owner of Scuppernong Books and word wrangler for the band, The Difficulties.

Series on Publishing Continues

Series on Publishing Continues

Our series on publishing, Literary Jungle, Literary Community, continues at Scuppernong Books on Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm, with Part Two: Publishing with a Small Press. Learn what to expect when publishing with a Small Press, what they are looking for, and how they operate at this informative panel discussion. We’ll have Kevin Watson from Press 53, Ross White from Bull City Press, Lynn York from Blair, and Andrew Saulters from Unicorn Press, five North Carolina Small Presses who publish in many genres, to discuss the state of small press publishing and answer your questions.

The series is part of a year-long celebration of the diversity of voices and ideas in the literary world. This series is a program of Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival. The third part of the series will take place on Wednesday March 21 at 7pm at Scuppernong Books. This program, titled Literary Citizenship will explore what it means to be a literary citizen, the vital importance of writing community not only in supporting our writing, but also the marketing and sales of a book. Panelists will include Terry Kennedy, Ashley Lumpkin, Julia Ridley-Smith, and Ed Southern.

For more information, call Scuppernong Books at 336-763-1919

Nikki Giovanni, Carmen Maria Machado headline Greensboro Bound

Nikki Giovanni, Carmen Maria Machado headline Greensboro Bound

by Mary Coyne Wessling

GREENSBORO, NC – Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival is on track to welcome more than seventy writers, poets, and spoken word artists for its inaugural 3-day national book festival, May 18-20, 2018.

During this gathering of diverse voices and ideas, writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will take part in discussions, book signings, readings, and more.

Headliners include the following writers.

Nikki Giovanni is one of America’s preeminent poets, Ms. Giovanni is also a nonfiction writer, activist, and professor, and a frequent guest speaker on college campuses and literary festivals. Among her many honors are the NAACP Image Award, the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, and the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry. She will give the festival’s concluding keynote lecture on Sunday, May 20.

Lee Smith was the author most requested by the readers surveyed by festival coordinators. Smith’s most recent work Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, offers thoughts on place, memory, and writing. Lee, who resides in Hillsborough, NC, published her first novel 45 years ago and since then has published more than a dozen books and won numerous literary awards.

John T. Edge is the author of The Potlikker Papers, a personal history of Southern food. He is director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He contributes to the Oxford American and the New York Times, and has written for Garden & Gun and Afar.

Kevin Powers’s debut novel, The Yellow Birds, drew on his experiences in the Iraq War. Chosen by New York Times Critics as one of the best novels of 2012, it has become a classic contemporary war fiction. His new novel, Shout in the Ruins, starts in the Civil War and spans more than 100 years.

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist. Her stories have been reprinted in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, and Best Women’s Erotica.

John Duberstein and Lucy Kalanithi gained recognition in the literary world when their respective spouses’ memoirs were published to great acclaim. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi’s memoir of facing lung cancer before dying at age 37, came out in 2016. The Bright Hour, Nina Riggs’s memoir of living with breast cancer was published soon after she died, at age 39, in 2017. Duberstein and Kalanithi, who are now a couple and whose love story was recently told in the Washington Post, will appear in conversation.

Other nationally recognized writers slated to attend are author Daniel Wallace, author and political commentator Jared Yates Sexton, reporter and author Beth Macy, Iranian-American poet and scholar Kaveh Akbar, and fiction writer Leesa Cross-Smith.

The festival line up also includes Katie Button, author and chef; Joan Nathan, cookbook author; Stacy McAnulty, children’s author; novelist Michael Parker; former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell; journalist Hal Crowther; John Claude Bemis, North Carolina Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature; Naima Coster, novelist; and poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi.

Mary Coyne Wessling is a free lance writer and editor and member of the Greensboro Bound marketing and public relations committee.