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Spring Forum: The Many Faces of Philanthropy

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

The English Department is presenting its annual Spring Forum, “The Many Faces of Philanthropy,” on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 16, BB&T Auditorium, North Campus, 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17, S-002, Downtown Campus, 12-2 p.m.

Faculty, staff, students, administration, and the general public are invited to attend this free event.

Each forum will begin with a panel of esteemed instructors and members of the community speaking on issues related to service and philanthropy. A question and answer segment will follow. Audience members are invited to come and go as schedules permit. Instructors are encouraged to bring class sections.

Our panels include Susan Stern (History), Rachel Satzman (Anthropology), Shane Oakley (Philosophy), Beth Cherry (Philanthropist), Sonya Beachman (Nursing), Jeff Rose (former Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea), and moderators Gena McKinley (English) and Cheryl Saba (English).

We look forward to an informative and enlightening discussion!

StoryForce Veterans’ Writing Group

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013


Join our veterans’ writing group, StoryForce, to share, explore, and create. As a StoryForce participant, you will receive:

  • An individual writing mentor
  • A selection of acclaimed readings
  • A built-in community of veteran peers
  • A culminating event, Storytelling Celebration and Feast, to share your work and a complimentary meal with family and friends
  • A copy of the first StoryForce publication that will include your writing

StoryForce will meet January 30, 2013 through February 27, 2013. Weekly meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30 in the CFCC Creative Writing Studio at the downtown Wilmington campus.

For more information, visit our website or email


Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Portals, the College’s annual literary arts magazine, is calling all current CFCC artists and writers for submissions for the 2013 Portals Literary and Arts Magazine in poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, and 2-D visual art.

Cash prizes include a $350 Louise McColl Award for Literary Excellence, a $100 Top Art Prize, and a $100 Faculty/Staff Literary Award as well as $100, $50, and $25 awards for first through third-place winners in all three writing categories.

All entries must be submitted online at by noon Wednesday, November 28. Only previously unpublished work that adheres to the Portals submission guidelines will be reviewed.

For further information, please contact:

Upcoming Workshops for 2012

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Please let me know if you are interested in registering for either of the upcoming workshops. Seats are , as always, limited. Also, please let me know if you must cancel as we are closing registration and receiving many no shows. Again, workshops will be conducted on Saturdays from 11:00 to 1:30 with a short coffee break. Free to first 15 who sign up. Please send an email stating which workshop you would like, and if you receive a return email, you are registered!

As always, thanks for your continued interest in NC arts!

Feb. 25 Documentary Poetry with poet and teacher Lavonne Adams of UNCW.
MFA, UNCW 1999
MA, UNCW 1992
BA, UNCW 1986


Everyday Still Life (North Carolina Writers’ Network, 1999)
In the Shadow of the Mountain (North Carolina Writers’ Network, 2004)
Through the Glorieta Pass (Pearl Books, 2009)


Artist in Residence, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico, 2009
Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, 2009
Artist in Residence, Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico Taos, 2007
Winner of the 2007 Pearl Poetry Prize
Winner of the 2004 Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Poetry Chapbook Competition
The Eighth Persephone Poetry Book Publication Award, 1999

On Teaching
My primary teaching interest lies in the poetry writing workshop, which goes hand in hand with the study of contemporary poetry. Every student who writes should be aware of current trends in literature since we are each striving to be part of that conversation. I have a fascination with poetry based on historical topics, such as A. Van Jordan’s MacNolia, Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard or Bellocq’s Ophelia, and Nicole Cooley’s The Afflicted Girls. Writers creating this type of poetry face a different set of challenges than those working with more directly personal poems. On the other hand, I have an ongoing interest in the history and current practice of confessional poetry, from the work of Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton, to that of Nancy Pearson and Nick Flynn. I believe that these diverse interests speak to that which is energizing about contemporary poetry: whatever your personal aesthetic, you won’t have to look hard to find compelling work that can provide both inspiration and sustenance for your artistic endeavors.

March 24 2012: Memory and Metaphor with Margo Williams who is a full time faculty member at CFCC. She holds an MFA from Emerson College and her publications include interviews, fiction, poetry, articles, drama, and memoir in Beacon Street Review, Glimmer Train, Southeast Review, Prick of the Spindle, and Frostwriting, Brown Coat Theatre, Thalian Hall, Behind the Scenes Magazine, Encore, and various textbooks. She is a 2009 Hambidge Artist in Residence, and will be an Artist in Residence this coming summer at Elsewhere Studios in Colorado where she will be working on a short story cycle. The March workshop requires that participants bring childhood photos of themselves, parents, grandparents, and/or small sentimental objects that are “one of a kind.”


Margo Williams

Portals Open Mic

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Portals, Cape Fear Community College’s annual literary magazine, cordially invites you to an evening of readings by 10 CFCC students and faculty. Join us on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Old Books on Front Street (249 N. Front St.). If time permits, members of the audience may volunteer to read their work.

If you have questions about the event, feel free to contact Jada Ach at To learn more about Portals, check out our webpage ( or visit our facebook page (CFCC Portals Literary and Arts Magazine).