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 […]

Poet James Applewhite to Speak at Friends of Hackney Library Fall Dinner on Oct. 7

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Reservations accepted through September 30. WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library welcomes renowned poet and Wilson County native James Applewhite as the featured speaker for its Fall Dinner and Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, and begins at 6 p.m. with a wine reception and book signing. The dinner and lecture will follow at 7 p.m. Copies of Applewhite’s works will be sold during the book signing and following the program. This event is sponsored in part by BB&T. Reservations are required. Tickets for the dinner event are $35 per person, with reservations accepted through Tuesday, Sept. 30. […]

Barton Hosts Author Wiley Cash for Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series on Sept. 9

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College will welcome Wiley Cash as the featured author for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College. The lecture is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. A North Carolina native, Cash is the author of two novels, “A Land More Kind Than Home” (2012) and “This Dark Road to Mercy” (2014). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina-Asheville in 2000, and a Master of Arts degree in English […]

“Walking into April” Poetry Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 12

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WILSON, N.C. — Make plans to attend the annual “Walking into April Poetry Day” to be held at Barton College on Saturday, April 12. This year brings another distinguished group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. “Walking into April” is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, and funded by the late Marie Gilbert. Featured poets for the “Walking into April” morning sessions are Malaika King Albrecht and Daniel Nathan Terry. The day will also feature Lavonne Adams, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets. The program is open to the […]

2014 Creative Writing Symposium at Barton College on Monday, April 7

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WILSON, N.C. – The 18th annual Barton College Creative Writing Symposium, featuring author Lee Zacharias, will be held on Monday, April 7. The symposium will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. There is no charge for the event, and the public is invited to attend. Zacharias is the author of two novels, “Lessons” and “At Random,” a collection of short stories, “Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night,” and a collection of personal essays, “The Only Sounds We Make,” scheduled for publication by Hub City Press this spring. Her nonfiction has appeared in such journals as “The Southern Review,” “Shenandoah,” “The Gettysburg Review,” the “North Carolina […]

Sharyn McCrumb to Speak at Friends of Hackney Library Spring Dinner and Lecture on April 1

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Deadline for reservations is Monday, March 24. WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library will welcome award-winning Southern writer Sharyn McCrumb as the featured speaker for its Spring Dinner and Lecture on Tuesday, April 1. The event, to be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on campus, will begin at 6 p.m. with a wine reception and book signing, followed at 7 p.m. by the dinner and program. The author’s books will be sold at the book signing and following the program. This event is sponsored in part by BB&T. Reservations are required. Tickets for the dinner event are $35 per person, with reservations accepted through Monday, March 24. […]