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Kim Church Discusses “Byrd” at the Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on February 29

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WILSON, N.C. — February 12, 2016 — Barton College will welcome author Kim Byrd to discuss her debut novel “Byrd” at the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday, Feb. 29. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and the community is invited to attend. “Byrd” won the 2014 Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the American South and was long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her short stories have appeared in “Shenandoah,” “Mississippi Review,” “Painted Bride Quarterly,” the Norton anthology “Flash Fiction […]

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The South in Popular Culture — Focus of the Heritage Lecture on Feb. 16

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WILSON, N.C. — February 2, 2016 — Barton College welcomes historian Dr. Karen L. Cox as the featured speaker for the upcoming Heritage Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 16. This event is co-sponsored by the Barton College School of Humanities and the Wilson County Historical Association. Dr. Cox’s lecture is titled “Dreaming of Dixie, The South in Popular Culture.” The program will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend. A professor of history and founding director of the graduate public history program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. […]

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Barton Welcomes Shelby Stephenson for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on October 19

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday, Oct. 19. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend. Stephenson grew up on “Paul’s Hill,” a family farm near Benson in Johnston County. “Most of my poems come out of that background,” Stephenson shared on his homepage of his web site, “where memory and imagination play on one another. I have written many poems about the mules we worked until I […]

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Friends of Hackney Library Will Host Fall Lecture and Dinner With “Bone Collector’s” Jeffery Deaver on October 6

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library welcomes award-winning and bestselling author Jeffery Deaver as the featured speaker for its Fall Dinner and Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, and begins at 6 p.m. with a book signing and reception. The program follows at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:15 p.m. Copies of Deaver’s works will be sold during the book signing and following the program. This event is co-sponsored by FOHL and Friends of the Wilson County Public Library. Reservations are required. Tickets for the dinner event are $35 per person, and reservations and payments must be […]

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Barton Hosts Ann Pancake for Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series on September 21

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College welcomes Ann Pancake, featured author for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The event will be held Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall on the College’s campus. The lecture is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Copies of Pancake’s books will be available for purchase at the event. A West Virginia native, Pancake grew up in the towns of Romney and Summersville. “Strange As This Weather Has Been,” her first novel, was one of Kirkus Review’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007; won the 2007 Weatherford Award; and was a […]

2015 Creative Writing Symposium at Barton College on April 20

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WILSON, N.C. – March 30, 2015 — The 19th annual Barton College Creative Writing Symposium, featuring several Barton and Atlantic Christian College alumni authors, will be held on Monday, April 20, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. The symposium will include afternoon discussions and an evening reading with alumni Charles Blackburn, Michael Brantley, David McGehee, Brandon Sneed, and India Staten. There is no charge for the event, and the public is invited to attend. The symposium will open at 3 p.m. with the hour-long discussion “The Path to Publication: A Conversation with Alumni Writers,” providing a retrospective glance at the publication journeys of these gifted alumni. Following the […]

“Walking into April” Poetry Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 11

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WILSON, N.C. — March 23, 2015 — Make plans to attend the annual “Walking into April Poetry Day” to be held at Barton College on Saturday, April 11, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. This year brings another distinguished group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. Featured poets for the “Walking into April” morning sessions are Scott Owens and Amber Flora Thomas. The day will also feature Eric Weil, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets. “Walking into April” is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, and funded by […]

Friends of Hackney Library Presents “An Evening with Elaine Neil Orr” on April 7

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WILSON, N.C. – March 23, 2015 — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library (FOHL) will welcome award-winning author Elaine Neil Orr as the featured speaker for FOHL’s annual Spring Dinner and Lecture on Tuesday, April 7. The event begins at 6 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall with a wine reception and book signing, followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. Copies of Orr’s books will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored in part by BB&T. Reservations are required. Tickets are $35 per person, with reservations accepted by Tuesday, March 31. FOHL members may reserve tickets at the discounted rate of $30 per person. Spaces are […]

Barton Welcomes Poets Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar for Victor R. Small Writers Series on March 17

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WILSON, N.C. – March 10, 2015 — Barton College will welcome poets Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture this spring semester. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Laux’s recent books of poems are “The Book of Men,” winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, and “Facts about the Moon,” recipient of the Oregon Book Award. She also is the author of “Awake,” “Smoke,” and “What […]

Barton Welcomes Phillip Gardner for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Nov. 10

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College will welcome Phillip Gardner for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday. Nov. 10. The lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend. No stranger to the arts and entertainment, Gardner has enjoyed much success in books and stories, screenplays, and music. The Goldsboro native began his career as a musician, touring the American Southeast playing Top-40 tracks. In the late 1970s, Gardner and his brother, Michael, began collaborating as songwriters for North Carolina-based hard rock band PKM. PKM […]