Featured Writers & Photographer
Madge McKeithen is a North Carolina native. Her search for a diagnosis for her older son’s progressive degenerative illness led her to take a leave from full-time employment and to begin writing seriously. She studied and wrote in the Queens low-residency MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2003 to 2006, had her first book published in 2006, and that fall began teaching nonfiction writing at The New School in New York where she continues to teach creative nonfiction, with a particular emphasis on personal and lyric essays. In 2011, she was on faculty at Tashkent International School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, while continuing to teach for The New School online. Beginning in Spring 2015, she will teach nonfiction courses at both the New School and St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC.
Her first book, Blue Peninsula (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006) tells in fragments of her turn to poetry in the wake of her older son’s undiagnosed degenerative neurological disorder. Her essay “What Really Happened” appears in Best American Essays, 2011 (October 2011, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Nathan Poole is a graduate of the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College. His story “Stretch Out Your Hand” won First Place in Narrative’s Fall 2011 Story Contest and received the Narrative Prize in 2012. His stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Saturday Evening Post, and others. His novella, Pathkiller as the Holy Ghost, was awarded the 2014 Quarterly West novella prize and was subsequently published by Quarterly West. He was the 2013-2014 Milton Postgraduate Fellow, sponsored by Image, and in conjunction with Seattle Pacific University. In addition, his story collection, Father Brother Keeper, was named the 2013 winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and published in February 2015 by Sarabande Books.
Bryce Lankard is a North Carolina native and graduate of UNC–Chapel HiIl. In 1995 he co-founded Tribe Magazine in New Orleans, serving as creative director. He moved to New York City for nine years and then returned to New Orleans in 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, where he co-founded the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance. Since returning to North Carolina in 2009, he has lectured widely and taught classes at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. Lankard developed the FRANK: In Focus Photography Festival that took place throughout the Triangle in fall 2012 and is coordinating the 2015 Click! Triangle Photography Festival. Photo by Lynda Ward / Visual-Stories