Celebrating 50 Years of the NC Arts Council and Writing with Award-winning Authors, Jaki Shelton Green, Allan Gurganus, and Jill McCorkle.
Panel moderated by Ed Southern, Executive Director of the NC Writers' Network
Jaki Shelton Green’s work has been published in The Crucible, Essence Magazine, and Black Gold: An Anthology of Black Poetry among others. Green received the 2003 NC Award for Literature, the 2007 Samuel Talmadge Ragan Award for contributions to the Fine Arts of NC, and the 2009 inaugural NC Piedmont Laureate. In 2014, she was inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame.
Allan Gurganus is a NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and author of The Practical Heart,White People, Local Souls, Decoy: A Novella, and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, which spent eight months on The New York Times bestseller list. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Adaptations of his fiction have earned four Emmy awards.
Jill McCorkle is the author of four collections of short stories and five novels, including The Cheer Leader, July 7th, and Life After Life. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Southern Review, and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. She has received numerous awards including the New England Bestsellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the NC Award for Literature.