Archive for September, 2011

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Award-Winning Authors to Host Writers’ Roundtable Series at CFCC

Cape Fear Community College will conduct four free creative writing workshops for the public beginning next month.

Each workshop will meet on a Saturday afternoon from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room S-302 of the McLeod Building at 411 North Front Street in Downtown Wilmington.

Workshops are free, but require pre-registration and are limited to 15 participants each. Please register at 910-362-7316 or email:

The first workshop is called “The Driver’s Seat: Creating Memorable Characters in Fiction” and will be held on October 29. The workshop will be taught by Michelle Boyajian, author of Lies of the Heart (Viking 2009) and a graduate of NYU, Miami University, and UNC Wilmington. Her stories have appeared in Third Coast, Timber Creek Review, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

The second workshop, “Tension in Poetry,” will be held on November 12 and will be led by the current NC Poet Laureate, Cathy Smith Bowers, whose poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review . She is author of four volumes of poetry and was awarded the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Award.

Two other workshops will be held in January and February. Topics and authors will be announced later.

The series is made possible through a contribution from Louise McColl of Wilmington.

Art Work on Display

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

We are excited to announce that Portals Literary and Arts Magazine will begin to showcase student, faculty and staff work in our display case on the third floor of the S building. This is a great place to share your creations with the campus!

Please send your submissions or questions to Ashley Shivar at

***Work submitted for the display case is separate from work submitted for publication in the journal, though I encourage you to submit to both.
The work can be a poem, an excerpt of prose or 2-D visual art. Thanks again!

Schedule of Local Literary Events for Fall 2011 (updated 8/31/2011)

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Regular Events
Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: Cinematique Film Screening, Thalian Hall, 7:30PM
Every Monday: Multimedia Open Mic, Juggling Gypsy, 8PM
Fourth Thursday: Poetry Slam, Bottega Art & Wine, 7PM
Second Thursday: Wilmington Writers Forum, Bottega Art & Wine, 7PM
Every Sunday: Storytellers Open Mic, prizes available, Old Books on Front Street, 7PM
Every Sunday: Subversive Film Series, Juggling Gypsy, 8PM

Special Events
Killer Cuisine Book Signing: Old Books on Front St., Aug. 21, 4:30PM
Spiritual Speech Book Club: Old Books on Front. St., Aug. 22, 6:30PM
Scott Cairns Reading: UNCW, Kenan Hall 1111, Sept. 8, 7PM
Shel Siverstein Banned Children’s Book Read-In: Old Books on Front St., Sept. 25, 2PM
Banned Books Club: Old Books on Front St., Sept. 28, 7PM
Banned Books Read-In: Old Books on Front St., Sept. 30, 7PM
Banned Books Read-In: Old Books on Front St., Oct. 1, 5:30
Banned Opera: Old Books on Front St., Oct. 2, 7PM
Morgan Spurlock Lecture: UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium, Oct. 17, 7PM, tickets $9
Invisible Man World Premiere Stage Adaptation: UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium, Nov. 5, 7PM
Cucalorus International Film Festival: see schedule and location information online, Nov. 10-13

Local Literary Journals and Contests
Banned Books Week Essay Contest: Sept. 14,
Portals Literary and Arts Magazine: Nov. 29 deadline,