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Randall Kenan's Southern Influences

Award-winning author Randall Kenan will teach a fiction workshop, Getting the Cow Out of the Barn: The Importance of Narrative Flow, or Where Do I Begin?, October 18-19 at Raleigh Review. If you haven't signed up, now's the time!

(Did you miss the scholarship application deadline? We give priority to those who apply by the deadline, but if there are seats left, we will still consider your application. While we need to be able to plan ahead, our goal is to make these workshops accessible, not to play gotcha with deadlines. Email to inquire.)

Kenan will also give a free reading 7pm, Saturday, October 18. He'll be joined by emerging writer Jeremy Hawkins, whose first novel comes out in March 2015. Come hear two talented authors share their writing; then ask questions about literature, landscape, location, and life.

If you get the Raleigh Review newsletter, you read the recent interview with Randall Kenan. (If you don't, sign up at the top of the page.) Here's a bonus question!

A favorite setting of yours is fictional Tims Creek, North Carolina, and, like many Southern writers, you emphasize place and people. Which Southern writers do you admire? Who among them has had the most influence on your writing?

Southern writers tend to be accused of being obsessed with place, and for good reason--most of the good ones are! But I do believe that is true of all good writing, whether it is about Boston or Los Angeles or the forests of British Columbia. The great Mississippi writer, Eudora Welty, teaches us that characters are inextricably linked to place; characters derive their identity from place; location and history go into creating genuine feeling. Perhaps that is why Southerners are so famous for having a sense of place--our landscape gives us so very much history to have feelings about.

Certainly Welty was a huge influence in the matter of evoking feeling through place for me. Also Flannery O'Connor, among Southern writers. Robert Penn Warren, Alice Walker, Margaret Walker, Richard Wright, and Allan Gurganus are also masters of milking feeling out of place for me. In truth the list is quite long. (I really can't stop thinking of Canadian Alice Munro as Southern--she fits right in.) We have produced so many fantastic writers. An embarrassment of riches.

Upcoming Events

Southern Recitations

Oct 18-19, 2014
Randall Kenan fiction workshop
Early-bird registration ends Oct 4!
410 N. Boylan Ave., Raleigh

Oct 18, 2014, 7pm
Randall Kenan & Jeremy Hawkins reading
FREE and open to the public
NCSU Club, 4200 Hillsborough St.

Nov 8-9, 2014
Zelda Lockhart multi-genre (poetry, fiction, memoir) workshop

Early-bird registration ends Oct 25!
410 N. Boylan Ave., Raleigh

Nov 8, 2014, 7pm
Zelda Lockhart & Angela Belcher Epps reading
FREE and open to the public
NCSU Club, 4200 Hillsborough St.

Jan 24-25, 2015

Malena Mörling poetry/translation workshop
Early-bird registration ends Oct 25!
410 N. Boylan Ave., Raleigh

Jan 24, 2015, 7pm
Malena Mörling & Anna Lena Phillips poetry reading
FREE and open to the public
NCSU Club, 4200 Hillsborough St.

Southern Recitations has many sponsors, including Caktus Group.

Thanks, Caktus Group!

For more supporters, see the Southern Recitations page.

Our Gorgeous Fall Issue

Fall is an exciting time at Raleigh Review. Not only do we kick off our new Southern Recitations workshop and reading series (read about it below), but Raleigh Review Vol. 4, No. 2 is here!

The new issue has started to hit mailboxes, and we're already receiving compliments.

"I just received my copy of the fall issue yesterday. What a wonderful reading experience. I read it cover to cover--several poems twice or more already--and the artwork complements the writing beautifully."

Not a subscriber yet? Now's the time to start! Subscribe here.

Announcing an All-Star Lineup

Award-winning authors to visit Raleigh Review for Southern Recitations

Raleigh Review's new workshop and reading series, Southern Recitations, brings award-winning authors to read and teach in Raleigh, NC.

Mark Smith-Soto - Smith-Soto's poetry often explores his Latino heritage and the memories of his boyhood living with his mother's extended family in Costa Rica. He is the author of the poetry collections Our Lives Are Rivers and Any Second Now.

Randall Kenan - Raised in a rural NC community, Kenan now writes fiction and nonfiction while teaching at UNC Chapel Hill. Among his books is the collection of short stories Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, which was a NY Times Notable Book.

Zelda Lockhart - Director of LaVenson Press Studios and award-winning author of the novel Fifth Born, Lockhart is a past Piedmont Laureate for Literature. She now lives on 3.5 acres in rural NC.  

Malena Mörling - The author of Ocean Avenue, Mörling has translated works by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer and numerous other Swedish poets into English, as well as works of American poet Philip Levine into Swedish. 

Marjorie Hudson
- From Chatham County, NC, Hudson writes about loss, conflict, and a yearning for community deeply threaded through American history and contemporary life. She is the author of Accidental Birds of the Carolinas.

Joseph Bathanti - The 2012-14 NC Poet Laureate, Bathanti teaches creative writing at Appalachian State University and has taught writing in prisons since 1976. His books include Restoring Sacred Art and Land of Amnesia.