Anne Baker, Director
Dr. Anne Baker is Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University where she teaches courses on US literature and gender studies. She is the author of Heartless Immensity: Literature, Culture, and Geography in Antebellum America, as well as articles on panorama pamphlets, nineteenth-century schoolbooks, Margaret Fuller, Willa Cather, and Susanna Rowson.
Lucinda H. MacKethan, Senior Consultant
Dr. Lucinda MacKethan is Alumni Distinguished Professor of English Emerita at NC State University. For nearly 40 years here, she taught courses in Writing, Southern literature, and African American literature. She also served terms as Director of Creative Writing and Director of the English teacher education program. She is the author or editor of six books, including Daughters of Time: Creating Women’s Voice in Southern Story and the co-edited Companion to Southern Literature, which was named a “Best Reference Work” by the American Library Association. She currently leads online seminars for the National Humanities Center’s teacher enrichment programs and is a “Road Scholar” for the NC Humanities Council. She is working on a biography of Anya Seton and an historical narrative of the life of Marlboro Jones, a Georgia slave.
Tracie Fellers is a writer and editor who started her career writing for daily newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia. She has written columns and articles for The Durham News of the News & Observer since 2011, and has published articles and commentaries on thegrio.com and theroot.com. Herfiction has appeared in Obsidian, Long Story Short: Flash Fiction by Sixty-Five of North Carolina’s Finest Writers, and roger;her creative nonfiction has been published in 27 Views of Raleigh, an anthology, and the journal Sing Heavenly Muse! She has taught writing and literature at N.C. A&T State University, Guilford College, Bennett College and NC State University, and has received awards for her fiction from NC State and the National Council for Black Studies.
Bridgette A. Lacy
Bridgette A. Lacy is an award-winning journalist and writer. She was a staff features writer for The News & Observer from 1992 to 2008. She covered the arts, authors, food and culture for the newspaper. She was known for painting word portraits of bestselling authors such as travel writer Frances Mayes and mystery writer Walter Mosley as well as North Carolina writers including novelist Charles Frazier, author Lee Smith and Clyde Edgerton. In 2008, Lacy became the media relations manager for the North Carolina Arts Council producing arts-related stories for newsletters, reports, blogs and several websites. She draws on life-defining moments to produce rich and honest prose and fiction. She shared her battle with a brain tumor and now the challenge of unemployment in a monthly column featured in The News & Observer. In 1994, she won a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship that sent her to the South of France to hone her fiction. Her short story, “Sweetie” was featured in the 2009-2010 double issue of Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. Her essay, “A Literary Place,” is featured in “27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose & Poetry.” (Eno, fall, 2013)
Dorianne Laux currently teaches in the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty of Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program. She has published five collections of poetry. The most recent, The Book of Men (W.W. Norton,2012), was named winner of The Paterson Prize. Other collections have also won prestigious awards: Facts about the Moon (2007) won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and What We Carry (2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Co-author of The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, she is the recipient of three Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. Her poems have been translated into several languages, and her selected works, In a Room with a Rag in my Hand, have been translated into Arabic by Camel/Kalima Press. What We Carry (Ce que nous portons) has been translated into French by Helene Cardona and published by Editions du Cygne (Paris).