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NORTH CAROLINA These Are a Few of My Favorite Things by Margaret D. Bauer, Editor The writers included in this section reflect some of the most rewarding aspects of my job as NCLR Editor: publishing work by and about new writers and writers new to our pages, and working with writers who give so generously of their time in service to other writers. Both of the poems here, finalists in the 2017 James Applewhite Poetry Prize, are by recent graduates of UNC-system MFA programs. The author of the short story in this section, W.A. Polf, who was awarded second place for his story in the 2017 Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition, moved to North Carolina to write after his retirement and is having a successful second career. Reviews include the debut poetry collection by Gabrielle Brant Freeman and the 2017 Roanoke-Chowan Award–winning collection of poetry by Patricia Hooper, her fourth collection, although this is her first time featured in NCLR. Collections by other veteran poets new to our pages, Irene Blair Honeycutt and Alice Fulton, are reviewed here, too, and I certainly hope they will submit poetry in the future. I also appreciate the valuable service of reviewers Grace C. Ocasio and Laura Sloan Patterson, who have been finalists in past Applewhite competitions and had poems published in our pages. It was a pleasure to work again with former assistant editor Celeste McMaster and with new reviewer Hannah Crane Sykes. If you are interested in joining our team of generous book reviewers (or want to find out about having your book reviewed), find information about doing so on our website. Reviewers receive a one-year subscription to the print issue, which also allows them to submit to our creative writing competitions that year (subscriptions are required for submission). And if you know about a writer whom other readers should know more about, perhaps you would like to interview him or her for our pages. This section of each issue, online and print, allows for us to include material unrelated to the special feature sections so that we do not miss writers whose subject matter has not (yet) inspired a special feature topic. Read more about submitting to NCLR on our website. n

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104 Banjo a short story by W.A. Polf art by Heather Evans Smith

114 “Various and Complex”: Keeping Composed a review by Celeste McMaster Alice Fulton, Barely Composed 116 Dark Wonder a review by Laura Sloan Patterson Gabrielle Brant Freeman, When She Was Bad 118 Portrait: Wesley and Elvina Settling, 1901 a poem by Nicole Stockburger art by Sallie White

119 How Memory Heals a review by Grace C. Ocasio Irene Blair Honeycutt, Beneath the Bamboo Sky 122 Of Leaving and What Remains Behind a review by Hannah Crane Sykes Patricia Hooper, Separate Flights 124 Fairytale Rules for the 21st Century Woman a poem by Christina Clark art by Rachel Elia and Alec Campbell-Barner 126 NCLR Editor Receives North Carolina Award for Literature introduced by Michele Walker acceptance remarks by Margaret D. Bauer

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 6 n North Carolina on the Map and in the News poetry, prose, book reviews, and literary news

58 n Flashbacks: Echoes of Past Issues poetry, prose, book reviews, and literary news

North Carolina Literary Review Online 2018  

A literary review published online annually by East Carolina University and by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

North Carolina Literary Review Online 2018  

A literary review published online annually by East Carolina University and by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

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