Associate in Arts Announcements


Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference

September 23, 2017

This year’s event will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 on the campus of Robeson Community College. Headlining authors are writer Jill McCorkle and poet LeJuane Bowens. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds do benefit local literacy organizations. More details may be found at the .  For those planning a trip to Lumberton, NC, helpful information is available through the Lumberton Visitors Bureau.


Featured Artist

photo of author Jerry BradleyJerry Bradley is a military veteran who completed 30 years of service in 2008. He writings are in fourteen anthologies published by Old Mountain Press, a prose piece in the reading play Deployed, produced by the Touring Theatre of NC, a poem and a prose piece published in the March 2014 issue of Elite magazine. He had the honor of being a guest reader at the spring 2014, NC Writers Network Conference. Jerry also had the honor of conducting a poetry workshop at the March 2017 Cumberland County Library Writers Conference. Poet Jerry Bradley’s work, One Step Forward, One Step Back is written for veterans but it appeals to anyone who has experienced a loss.

Headlining Authors 

LeJuane Bowens

Bowens is a poet, author, and motivational speaker. He is best known for his work, So Many Things to Say: A Collection of Poems. Bowens has performed in poetry slams across the nation. He has been recognized as the first North Carolina poet to compete and win three poetry slams in 3 different cities (Fayetteville, Charlotte, and Durham). He was been nominated as the Spoken Word Artist of the Year. He is the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star Male Poet Award for North Carolina and the 2016 GANSPA award. Bowens is one of the founders and the director of the Southeastern Regional North Carolina Festival held in Fayetteville, NC.

Jill McCorkle 

McCorkle’s books include The Cheer Leader, Carolina Moon, July 7th, and Life after Life. Her short stories have become part of the Best American Short Stories collections as well as the New Stories from the South. Her essays have appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Southern Living, and Our State. She has received the New England Bestsellers Award, the John Dos Passe Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. Book’ Em welcomes back Lumberton native, Jill McCorkle.