Introducing the UNC Student Spotlight!

Each week we will be featuring the work of a talented undergraduate in the creative writing program. Find selected works and a short bio through the new left margin sidebar. Check back every Monday to find out who’s up next!


week 1: Coco Wilder

Photo Coco Wilder

Coco Wilder lives in Carrboro, NC. She gets along well with people who care about place, memory, women, and coffee. Read her work here!

 

Summer Reading for the Fall Semester

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“My heart is a bear trap with a fox’s paw caught
in its teeth.”
                – Joseph Mulholland

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End Is Nigh Winners Announced!

This winter, as part of our End Is Nigh contest, we asked you to send us your dispatches about anxious endings, anticipated apocalypses, doomsday prepping, or getting right with God and family before it all comes crashing down. Contest Judge Jim Shepard was so pleased with the quality of submissions, that he couldn’t select just one grand prize winner. Instead, we have two winners and two runners up:

Grand Prize Winners ($575 each):
“When Trains Fall From Space” by Ian Bassingthwaighte
“Cold Snap” by Robin McLean

Runners Up ($150 each):
“Blood by Blood” by Dominic Russ-Combs
“A Brief Chronicle of Jeff and His Role in What is Colloquially Known as ‘The End of Civilization'” by Caitlin Campbell

“When Trains Fall From Space” and “Blood by Blood” will appear in the next issue of the Quarterly, with “Cold Snap” and “A Brief Chronicle” following in the fall.

Explaining his selections, Shepard writes:

Given that the apocalyptic and the post-apocalyptic seem to be everywhere in our mass culture, it probably shouldn’t have surprised me that the entries in the Carolina Quarterly’s “End Is Nigh” contest would have been of such a uniformly high quality, but they were, and choosing the most accomplished from among them was hard. For Runners Up, for example, I chose two stories that could easily have won any ordinary contest: first, “Blood by Blood,” with its evocation of a brother love that survives despite everything, and an imminent endtimes balefully anticipated by a hardscrabble place and a hardscrabble sensibility. And second, “A Brief Chronicle of Jeff and his Role in What is Colloquially Known as ‘The End of Civilization,’” a story that deploys its intricate intelligence with such ingenuity that it transcends its archness and lurches into the realm of the disquieting.

And the stories I chose as Co-Winners are of such dazzling achievement that I think they’d win any contest. On the one hand, there’s the heartbreaking and oddly winsome “When Trains Fall From Space,” which pulls off some of the most unlikely premises with the blithe panache of a Miranda July, and then there’s “Cold Snap,” which is a harrowing and wry and compassionate rendering of a sensibility so damaged by the more quotidian forms of isolation that the oncoming end of the world seems like a seamless extension of the loneliness the protagonist has been riding out for years. Four excellent stories: an enviable array, for any magazine. I congratulate all four writers on their artistry, and heart.

AWP 2014

Thanks to everyone who made this a great AWP!

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Aaron App’s “Barbecue Catharsis”

Suzanne Marie Hopcroft’s “Turn and Return”

Philip Holden’s “Stranger”

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Pushcart Nominations

We love all the work we publish in the pages of CQ – but sometimes we are called upon to play favorites. Our 2013 Pushcart selections represent the strength, range, and diversity of the writing we publish each year:

Fiction:
“Apartment on Market Street” by Jack Christian. Published in Vol. 63 no. 1
(Spring 2013).

“Preludes” by Leslie Bazzett. Published in Vol. 63 no. 2 (Fall 2013).

Non-Fiction:
“Barbecue Catharsis” by Aaron Apps. Published in Vol. 63 no. 2 (Fall 2013).

Poetry:
“Song” by Russel Swensen. Published in Vol. 63 no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2013).

“Turn and Return” by Suzanne Marie Hopcroft. Published in Vol. 63 no. 1
(Spring 2013).

“The Word Worried is the Word Straw” by Brandon Amico. Published in Vol.
63 no. 2 (Fall 2013)

Congratulations to all our nominees. Thanks for letting your words find at home at CQ.