UMO plans 2017 Literary Festival

MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive 16th Annual Literary Festival and Poetry Slam will be held on March 22 and 23 respectively. Robin Green and Georgann Eubanks will be the featured guest authors for the Literary Festival planned for 7 p.m. in Southern Bank Auditorium in Raper Hall.

Georgann Eubanks is the author of the Literary Trails series commissioned by the NC Arts Council and published by UNC Press. She is a writer, teacher, and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Since 2000, she has been a principal with Donna Campbell in Minnow Media, LLC, an Emmy-winning multimedia production company that primarily creates independent documentaries for public television.

Eubanks has taught creative writing as a guest artist in public schools and prisons, at UNC-Chapel Hill, and presently serves as the writing coach for the William C. Friday Fellows. For 20 years, Eubanks served as Director of the Duke University Writers’ Workshop, a summer writing program for adults, and is now leading the Table Rock Writers Workshop, held annually in Little Switzerland. Eubanks has published short stories, poems, reviews, and profiles in many magazines and journals including Oxford American, Bellingham Review, Southern Review, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and North American Review. She is a North Carolina Arts Council Literary Fellowship recipient.

A graduate of Duke University, Eubanks is also a former president of Arts North Carolina, a former chair of the NC Humanities Council, and is one of the founders of the NC Writers Network. Her next book, The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods, is due out from UNC Press in 2018.

Robin Greene is Director of the Writing Center and Professor of English and Writing at Methodist University in Fayetteville, where she held the McLean Endowed Chair in English from 2013-2016. Greene has published two collections of poetry (Memories of Light and Lateral Drift), two editions of a nonfiction book (Real Birth: Women Share Their Stories), a historical novel (Augustus: Narrative of a Slave Woman), and has recently completed a new novel, The Shelf Life of Fire. Greene is the co-founder and editor of Longleaf Press, Methodist University’s literary press, and co-founder of Sandhills Dharma, a Buddhist meditation group. Every spring Greene leads a woman’s writing retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she combines contemplative practices with her teaching. Greene is a past recipient of a NEA/NC Arts Council fellowship in writing, has won teaching awards, and is one of the founders of the Veterans Writing Collective. She has published over ninety pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in national literary journals and magazines. Originally from New York City, Greene makes her home in Fayetteville. She holds a M.A. in English from Binghamton University and a M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Art at Norwich University.

The Poetry Slam is slated for 6 p.m. on March 23, in the Hennessee Room of the Holmes and Lois K. Murphy Center. The winner of the event will win $100. Participants must be registered in advance, but the entrance fee of $1.00 can be paid at the door. Email for an application form.