The North Carolina Writers' Network describes North Carolina as the "writingest" state. Maybe we should name Chatham/Lee counties as the writingest area, for we have an abundance of talent. Following is a listing of some of our members' accomplishments this past year. I'm sure there are others of which I am not aware
Michele Berger: "Invisible Son", a short story, published in Flying South; " Ode to Shari Belafonte in her Calvin Klein jeans" and "Jackie's Feathers, 1982" poems published in Glint Literary Journal; "Urban Wendy" flash fiction and "Here, Fortune Cookie" poem published in Red Clay Review; "Grinding Disney #2" poem , third place winner in Science fiction Poetry Association's Poetry Contest; "Navigating the Man-cession, A Gen-Xer's Journey" , creative non-fiction published in Flying South.
Julie Fortenberry: Published a picture book, The Artist and the King written and illustrated by Julie.
Tara Lynn Goth: Poem "Tea Time at Loch Ness" selected by Associated Artists of Winston-Salem to create two poetry-inspired sculptures in downtown Winston-Salem.
Norma Hawthorne: Now a regular contributor to Minerva Rising Women's Literary Journal.
Laura Herbst: Winner of the 2014 Doris Betts fiction Prize. The winning story "The Cliffs of Mobenga" will be published in The North Carolina Literary Review. Also, Laura won the 2014 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Award.
Judy Hogan: Her s sixth poetry book This River: An Epic Love Poem published by Wild Embers Press.
Linda Johnson: Short story "Happy Pills" published in the anthology Carolina Crimes: 19 Tales of Lust Love and Longing ; and short story "A Fresh One" published in the Red Clay Review.
Paul J. Joseph: Epublished his sixth novel Window in the Sky.
Ruth Moose: Published her first novel Doing It at the Dixie Dew, which won the St. Martin's Press Best First Mystery Novel Award ; her story "An Historic Event in Heritage Hills" was a winner in the Great American Fiction Competition from Saturday Evening Post.
Bud Rudesill: Republished The French Lady's Cowboys on Kindle and in paperback; Published Treasure and Torment and The Fire and the Rose on Kindle.
Lynn Sadler: Central Region Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet, and is editor of Footnotes (Duplin County Historical Society) and two journals at Galloway Ridge; She writes a history column for the Chatham County Line; An essay "The Western Hero rides--and Rides Again" was published by Bluestem and is the Preface to her Tie One to That!--Stories in the Western Tradition coming from Trail Blazer Press. This year Finishing Line Press published her chapbook When a Poet Plays.
Carolyn York: President of the North Carolina Poetry Society which takes up much of her time; she had articles and poems in Pine Whispers and E-Muse, in State Magazine during poetry month in April; and in the Old Mountain Press Anthology Waiting for Santa.
Our name "Writers' Morning Out" is a misnomer as we actually meet at 1:00, but that was the name we gave our group when we started in 2009, and we never bothered to change the name when we changed our meeting time. We now meet in the Barley Lounge at The Carolina Brewery . Many members come early for lunch, and then we jump into the wonderful world of writing, sharing our thoughts, ideas and experiences.
Coming up soon: In March we will have our 5th Annual Ultra Flash Fiction contest. In April, we will publish a poem a day on our blog in celebration of National Poetry month.