April 16 2016
Lockhart-Taylor Center
Wadesboro, N.C.

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Shelby Stephenson grew up on a small farm near Benson, in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. “Most of my poems come out of that background,” he says, “where memory and imagination play on one another. I have written many poems about the mules we worked until I was in the seventh grade and, after that–the tractor. My early teachers were the thirty-five foxhounds my father hunted. The trees and streams, fields, the world of my childhood–all that folklore–those are my subjects.”

After leaving the farm for college, he graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (B.A. 1960) where he also studied law, University of Pittsburgh (M.A. 1967), University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. 1974), and worked as a radio and television announcer, salesman, right-of-way agent, and farmer. He was professor of English and editor of Pembroke Magazine until his retirement in 2010. The state of North Carolina presented him with the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature. And he has received the Bellday Poetry Prize, the Oscar Arnold Young Award, the Zoe Kincaid-Brockman Award, the Brockman-Campbell Award, the Bright Hill Press Chapbook Prize, and the Playwright's Fund of North Carolina Chapbook Prize.

In addition to a poetic documentary: Plankhouse(with photographs by Roger Manley), he has published Middle Creek Poems, Carolina Shout!, Finch’s Mash, The Persimmon Tree Carol, Poor People, Greatest Hits, Fiddledeedee, Possum, Playing Dead, Play My Music Anyhow, and Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl.

Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning author, an internationally recognized lecturer, a former defense consultant, and an accomplished seaman. He has won the top regional, state, and national literary awards in his genre: historical literary fiction.

The novels of his Honor Series describe the life and career of a U.S. naval officer, Peter Wake, from the Civil War in Florida to the Great White Fleet in 1908. From 1882 on, Wake works with the Office of Naval Intelligence, America’s first espionage agency, on missions around the world. These maritime escapades highlight the U.S. Navy’s critical role in the expansion of America from a continental country in the mid-19th century to a global power in the early 20th century. Through his novels, Mr. Macomber illuminates significant events of world history, which served as the foundation for the world as we know it today.

The years of extensive research for each novel include making the voyages, visiting the countries, and learning the cultures. A team of experts, in various arcane fields, assists Mr. Macomber with intriguing details, and he is one of few novelists who offer endnotes for the reader. This attention to detail creates avid fans. Honor Series readers call themselves “Wakians” after the main character, and they eagerly await his next thriller every year.

Released in the Fall of 2015, his newest novel, the twelfth one is The Assassin’s Honor. There are twenty-two novels planned for the series.

In addition to his literary work, Mr. Macomber is an international lecturer. He has been guest author and lecturer onboard the Queen Mary 2 and her sister Cunard Queens, the Silversea fleet, and other luxury ocean liners. He appears at venues around the United States as well, speaking on forty-eight topics featuring subjects on maritime history and writing.

His defense consultant work included a decade of annual projects for the U.S. Army Center for Analysis, where he was named a “Distinguished Author.” He has conducted many briefings to the Office of Naval Intelligence, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, U.S. Southern Command, U.S. European Command, NATO headquarters, and other organizations.

Mr. Macomber grew up on the waters along the southwest coast of Florida. By age seventeen, he was an offshore racing skipper and raced for the next thirty-two years in Florida, the Bahamas, and Mexico. When not traveling the world on research treks, lecture tours, or book signings, he lives on Pine Island, the same coast where he grew up. When not writing, he enjoys sailing among the more remote islands and cooking the exotic cuisines from his novels.

Learn more at http://www.RobertMacomber.com.

Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series and Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, N.C., and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find Amy at AmyClipston.com, on Facebook at Amy Clipston Books, and on Twitter at @AmyClipston.

Amy's books include the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, A Gift of Grace (3/2009), A Promise of Hope (3/2010), A Place of Peace (2/2011), A Life of Joy (1/2012), and A Season of Love (6/2012); Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel Series, A Hopeful Heart (5/2013), A Mother’s Secret (4/2014), A Dream of Home (11/2015), A Simple Prayer (5/15); the Bird-in-Hand Heirloom Series, The Forgotten Recipe (11/2015); Amish Anthologies, An Amish Kitchen (12/2012), An Amish Cradle (2/2015), An Amish Christmas Gift (11/2015), An Amish Market (1/2016); Seasonal, A Plain and Simple Christmas (9/2010), Naomi’s Gift (8/2011), Kauffman Amish Christmas Collection (9/2012); Young Adult, Roadside Assistance (4/2011), Reckless Heart (4/2012), (Kauffman Amish Bakery young adult book), Destination Unknown (2/2014), Miles from Nowhere (2/2015); and Non-Fiction A Gift of Love (2/2014).

A limited number of T-Shirts from the conference are available in sizes medium, large, X-large and XX-large at $15 each plus $5.00 shipping and handling. They are blue with the gold CWC logo. To order, send check or money order payable to the Anson County Writers Club and mail to T-Shirts, Anson County Writers Club, P.O. Box 363, Wadesboro NC 21870.