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Emily Smith
 Emily Smith, Director of The Publishing Laboratory
        

Visiting Publishing Professional Miriam Parker to Speak at UNCW on October 26

Miriam Parker has worked in book publishing for more than seventeen years and is currently the associate publisher of Ecco. As part of our ongoing affiliation with
HarperCollins
, she is returning to UNCW, where she received her MFA, to teach a graduate course in publishing. On October 26, she will give a free public talk entitled “Seven Things You Can Do to Make Your Book Publicity and Marketing Team Love You” about all the things that authors can do themselves to help their book publication be a success. More >

Creative Writing to Welcome Distinguished Authors, Alumni and Guests for Annual Writers’ Week, Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Writing enthusiasts are invited to the UNCW Department of Creative Writing’s annual celebration of the written word. From Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, a variety of authors and literary professionals will be on campus for readings, panel discussions and more for the 18th annual Writers’ Week. More >

UNCW Professor Mark Cox and Stuart Dischell to Read at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Oct. 12.

Mark Cox, professor for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Stuart Dischell, professor for the University of North Carolina Greensboro, will read at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 in Kenan Hall 1111. More >

Johannes Lichtman (MFA '12) to Publish Novel with Simon & Schuster

The Department of Creative Writing is delighted to share the news that alumnus Johannes Lichtman‘s debut novel, Such Good Work, is slated for publication by Simon & Schuster. More >

UNCW Pub Lab Director Nominated for WILMA Magazine’s annual “Women to Watch” Awards

The Department of Creative Writing at UNCW is delighted to announce that WILMA Magazine will honor Emily Louise Smith, Senior Lecturer and Publishing Laboratory Director, at its 2017 “Women to Watch” Awards. More >

Shawna Kenney to Speak at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Sep. 20.

"Writing for the Web"—In this brave new world of content creation, listicles and search engine optimization, where does creative writing fit in? How does one cut a 5,000-word personal essay down to a 650-word bite-sized blog piece? And why should they? When will we learn to “never read the comments?” While traditional print publishing putters along, publishing on the Internet can benefit today’s writer in a myriad of ways. This discussion covers the journey from the art of the pitch to publication and on through promotion and payday. More >

Christina Clark (MFA '16) Wins James Applewhite Poetry Competition, Kathleen Jones (MFA '14) Honorable Mention

UNCW creative writing alumnae Christina Clark (’16 MFA) and Kathleen Jones (’14 MFA) were both recognized during the North Carolina Literary Review’s (NCLR) James Applewhite Poetry Competition. More >

Benjamin Rachlin to Read at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Sept. 14.

Benjamin Rachlin is the author of Ghost of the Innocent Man (Little, Brown & Company), a powerful account of Willie J. Grimes’ wrongful imprisonment and his long road to justice. It was recently named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 History Books of the Fall. More >

Creative Writing Faculty Condemns Charlottesville Assault

The Creative Writing Department faculty of UNC Wilmington unequivocally condemns the assault by members of white supremacist hate groups on the campus of the University of Virginia and the city of Charlottesville. More >

UNCW Alumni and Faculty Contribute to Archiving of Historic Black-Owned Newspaper

Professors David Gessner and Clyde Edgerton and recent MFA graduate Griffin Limerick joined distinguished visiting writer John Jeremiah Sullivan and students from two local schools in helping to preserve copies of the Wilmington Daily Record, nearly all of which were burned by white supremacists in 1898. More >

Jessica Thummel (MFA ’12) Publishes Debut Novel

Thummel’s novel, The Cure for Lonely, was the winner of the 2016 Dundee International Book Prize for emerging novelists. It is the coming-of-age story of a young transgender man who moves from Kansas to San Francisco during the 1980s HIV epidemic. More >

UNCW Hosts Annual Young Writers Workshop

High school students from across the country gathered last week for UNCW’s annual Young Writers Workshop. Organized and operated by the Department of Creative Writing, the five-day camp provides attendees the opportunity to study with faculty members and graduate students in the department’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. More >

UNCW Students Attend Chautauqua Writers’ Festival

Four creative writing students attended the 14th annual festival, which took place June 15–18 at the namesake institution in Chautauqua, New York. More >

UNCW Welcomes Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction Melody Moezzi

Melody Moezzi has been named Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction for the 2017–2018 academic year. Moezzi is a writer, speaker, activist, attorney, and award-winning author whose first book, War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award. More >

Ecotone Releases Spring/Summer Issue

The magazine’s latest issue features new fiction by Ron Rash and Halina Duraj, essays by Linda Hogan and Anya Groner, poems by Marilyn Nelson and Hailey Leithauser, and more. More >

Literary Imprint Lookout Books Featured On Cover of UNCW Magazine

The publication’s spring/summer issue features a comprehensive look at the university’s unique in-house book publishing imprint, including a preview of its new partnership with HarperCollins. More >

UNCW Students Land Coveted Publishing Jobs and Internships

Among the publishing houses employing UNCW students are Milkweed Editions, MacMillan, Sarabande Books, and Hub City Press. More >

Lookout Publisher and Author Featured on TK Podcast

A recent episode of author James Scott’s TK Podcast featured both Lookout publisher and UNCW faculty member Emily Louise Smith and Lookout author Clare Beams. More >

Beth Staples promoted to Lookout editor, Ecotone senior editor

Creative writing department faculty member Beth Staples has been promoted to editor of Lookout Books and senior editor of Ecotone. In a joint announcement, Lookout founder and Ecotone publisher Emily Louise Smith says, “Beth has proven herself a perceptive and accomplished editor . . . ” More >

UNCW Poets Featured on WHQR’s Communique

The program’s recent poetry spotlight included readings by faculty member and Lookout publisher Emily Louise Smith, recent MFA graduate Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, current MFA student Aurora Shimshak, and faculty member and Ecotone editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell, who also discussed her debut collection, Ornament. More >

Lookout Welcomes New Publishing Assistant

Caitlin Taylor, a third year fiction candidate in UNCW’s MFA program, has been named graduate Publishing Assistant for Lookout Books. Taylor is the fiction editor for Ecotone and is currently a summer intern at the independent press Milkweed Editions in Minneapolis, where she hopes to strengthen her acquisition and marketing skills. More >

David Gessner to Celebrate Launch of New Book

Author and chair of UNCW’s Department of Creative Writing will launch his new book, Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession and My Wild Youth, with a party at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at Wrightsville Beach Brewery. Pomegranate Books will co-host. More >

Young Writers Workshop Brings Aspiring Writers to UNCW

The Young Writers Workshop (YWW) is an annual five-day camp that brings together up to 45 high school students to study the craft of writing on the UNC Wilmington campus. The workshop is organized and operated by UNCW's Department of Creative Writing, and camp participants have the opportunity to study with published, working writers-faculty members and graduate students in the department's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. More >

Creative Writing Faculty Members Publish Poetry Collections

Former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said that “poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.” New collections by UNCW creative writing faculty members Mark Cox and Anna Lena Phillips Bell explore both. Sorrow Bread includes poems from Cox’s distinguished 30-year career. Soulful, artful and accessible, the poems capture domestic life, the natural world, aesthetic tradition and language itself. More >

Lookout Title Finalist for Young Lions Fiction Award

Clare Beams’s We Show What We Have Learned has been named as a finalist for The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. The story collection was published in fall 2016 by Lookout Books, the literary book imprint of the UNCW Department of Creative Writing. It was released to coincide with Beams’s visit to campus for the annual Writers’ Week celebration last November. More >

UNCW’s Creative Writing Department to Host Reading with Author Virginia Holman

Award-winning writer Virginia Holman will read excerpts of her work during a Feb. 16 presentation at Kenan Hall on the UNCW campus. Holman, a lecturer in the Department of Creative Writing, is the author of Rescuing Patty Hearst, a memoir of her mother's untreated schizophrenia. It was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and received the Outstanding Literature Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. More >

Clyde Edgerton Inducted into N.C. Literary Hall of Fame

Clyde Edgerton, a distinguished professor of creative writing at UNCW, was inducted  into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame on October 16, along with award-winning mystery novel writer Margaret Maron and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg. More >

National Endowment for the Arts Awards UNCW’s Ecotone Magazine and Lookout Books $10,000 Grant

Ecotone, UNCW’s literary magazine, and Lookout Books, the Department of Creative Writing’s literary book imprint, have received a $10,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The grant will support the publication of Ecotone, a magazine that seeks to reimagine place, including work from future Lookout Books authors. More >

New Partnership with HarperCollins Publishers

UNCW has recently developed an affiliation with HarperCollins, the world’s second-largest English-language publisher, to provide opportunities for BFA and MFA students that are typically available only to students in NYC-based publishing programs. The mentoring program will pair individual students in two advanced book practicum courses (BFA and MFA) with senior publishing professionals at HarperCollins. More >

UNC Wilmington Gives Voice to Young Writing Talent

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s creative writing department and publishing laboratory enhanced their innovative programs by forging a partnership with HarperCollins Publishers, which gives students access to crucial publishing industry information and individuals. More >

Annual Writers’ Week Celebrates the Written Word Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2016

The UNCW Department of Creative Writing will once again welcome a slate of distinguished authors, editors, alumni and guests for its annual Writers’ Week, Oct. 31-Nov 4. Students, faculty, staff and community members with an interest in literature, writing and the publishing process are invited to join in the workshops, panel discussions and readings, free of charge. Sessions will cover a range of genres, including fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and aspects of the craft of writing and publishing. More >

Creative Writing Department Names Jason Mott New Writer-in-Residence

Best-selling author Jason Mott is returning to his alma mater as the new writer-in-residence in the Department of Creative Writing, the university announced today. Mott is the author whose first book, The Returned, was published in 13 languages and became a New York Times bestseller and a TV series, “Resurrection,” on ABC. “Jason Mott is not just a rising literary superstar, but also a proven and versatile teacher of both poetry and fiction,” said David Gessner, chair of the Department of Creative Writing. More >