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Literary Review Features State‰s Outer Banks

The North Carolina Literary Review announces publication of the 2005 issue featuring Outer Banks writing. The evocative cover with photography by Ann Ehringhaus of Ocracoke, N.C., was designed by Mary Thiesen.

The special feature section contains an essay by Bland Simpson as well as original (first-time published) music from the episodic reviewsical King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running. ,The Outer BanksŠ poems of Muriel Rukeyser and W. D. Ehrhart are annotated by Martin Kich, providing a close reading of the two poems. And regular NCLR contributor Sheryl Cornett interviews coast keeper and nature writer Jan DeBlieu.

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A tranquil coastal scene graces the cover of the 2005 North Carolina Literary Review. The issue features writing about North Carolina‰s Outer Banks. (Contributed photo)

There are also articles on Outer Banks editors and bookstores and one on Outer Banks novels in the North Carolina History and Fiction Digital Library developed in the North Carolina Collection of ECU‰s Joyner Library.

The issue‰s general creative writing section ranges widely as to genre, with an essay on ,time and the trailŠ by George Wolfe about his determination and success in hiking England‰s Coast-to-Coast Walk, stretching 190 miles from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. And the flashbacks section features a reflective interview with Michael Parker, as he talks about writing, inspiration, and regret for the loss of a childhood place,a chicken house,where imagination soared.

Under the general editorship of Margaret D. Bauer, associate professor and Ralph Hardee Rives Chair of Southern Literature, and art direction by Stephanie Whitlock Dicken, the award-winning journal also contains book reviews and the extensive ,SŠ installation of the serialized ,Dictionary of North Carolina WritersŠ by Senior Associate Editor Lorraine Hale Robinson.

A number of ECU faculty and staff members took part in the production of the journal. Visiting Professor Jerry Leath Mills (English) wrote the introduction to King Mackerel, while Elizabeth Smith (Joyner Library) wrote an article on Outer Banks literature in the Roberts Collection of the North Carolina Collection.

English department lecturer Randall Martoccia and graduate student Maryscot Mullins wrote book reviews. English faculty Lorraine Robinson and Sally Lawrence contributed essays. Lawrence also maintains NCLR‰s Web site.

Joan Mansfield, an associate professor in the School of Art, illustrated a story in the journal, while two graduate students ‹ Tommi Powell (English) and Eric Fladung (History) ‹ wrote news articles in the N.C. Writers section.

Lecturer Stephanie West-Puckett (English) conducted one of the interviews, while Martoccia and Marinella Macri, a lecturer in English, served as assistant editors. A number of graduate and undergraduate students served on the staff as well.

Additional staff members from the Department of English included Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, indexer; Kristi Southern, research assistant; Dennis Turner, submissions assistant; Andy Bates, design assistant; and Timm Hackett, technical assistant.

Editorial board members were Maurice C. York of Joyner Library and English faculty Ellen Arnold, Peter Makuck, Tom Shields, Bob Siegel, Jerry Leath Mills, and Tonita Branan.

NCLR is published by the Department of English, Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs of East Carolina University and by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

For information on where to obtain copies of this and previous issues, visit

Contact Margaret Bauer at, or by telephone at 328.1537.

This page originally appeared in the Sept. 2, 2005 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at