Join us for a special evening at The Regulator with Michael Chitwood and contributors Randall Kenan and Michael McFee in celebration of the new anthology, Best Creative Nonfiction of the South, Volume II: North Carolina, that includes many of the Tar Heel state’s beloved writers.
Best Creative Nonfiction of the South serves as a valuable resource for scholars, students, writers, and general readers interested in creative nonfiction both from specific areas of the South and across the region as a whole. This North Carolina volume, second in the series, contains essays that celebrate and document the Tar Heel state’s diverse cultures and geography, from the mountains to the sea. The writers included here come from diverse backgrounds, generations, and artistic traditions, and as with most volumes in the series, this one indirectly reflects literary changes within the region over time.
Michael Chitwood was born in Rocky Mount, Virginia and graduated with an MFA from the University of Virginia. In his work, Chitwood explores the Appalachian landscape of his youth and frequently draws on colloquial speech and themes. His many collections of poetry include Salt Works (1992), Whet (1995), The Weave Room (1998), Gospel Road Going (2002), From Whence (2007), Spill (2007), and Poor-Mouth Jubilee (2010). LSU Press will publish his ninth book of poetry, Search and Rescue, in 2018. He is the co-editor (with Casey Clabough) of Best Creative Nonfiction of the South, Volume II: North Carolina. Chitwood is also a lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-CH.
Randall Kenan is an American author of fiction and non-fiction. Raised in a rural community in North Carolina, Kenan has focused his fiction on what it means to be black and gay in the southern United States. Among his books is the collection of short stories Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, which was named a New York Times Notable Book. Kenan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award and the John Dos Passos Prize. He teaches creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill and was awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2005.
Michael McFee has written eleven books of poems (most recently We Were Once Here) and edited two anthologies of contemporary North Carolina literature, including The Language They Speak Is Things to Eat: Poems by Fifteen Contemporary North Carolina Poets. Born in Asheville, McFee earned both his BA and MA at the UNC-Chapel Hill. McFee’s poems, often set in his native North Carolina, are grounded in the particulars of place even as they explore themes of loss, memory, and family life. He has earned numerous fellowships and awards for his writing about the Appalachian South. He is also the recipient of several teaching awards from UNC-Chapel Hill where he teaches in the creative writing program. He lives in Durham.