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Family Matters: Homage to July, The Slave Girl

Stephenson, Shelby

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ISBN 10: 0979337615 / ISBN 13: 9780979337611
Published by Bellday Books, Durham NC, 2008
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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A Very Good or better copy in paper covers. Nicely inscribed and signed by the author for North Carolina historian William S. Powell and his wife ("Bill and Virginia"), and with a handwritten note from the poet to them laid in. Bookseller Inventory # 029946

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Title: Family Matters: Homage to July, The Slave ...

Publisher: Bellday Books, Durham NC

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Family Matters: Homage to July, The Slave Girl is a group of poems about slaves, slave owners and slave owning in North Carolina. The distinguished poet Allen Grossman, has selected Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl, by Shelby Stephenson of Benson, North Carolina as the winner of the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize. About the winning entry, Professor Grossman said, An intense and heart-breaking poetic narrative which, in its exploration of historical and personal materials, holds affinities to the work of Susan Howe and to James Agee's classic Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Family Matters is a strenuous questioning and exposure of the fictions of ownership, whether of persons or places, graves or farms.

About the Author:

Shelby Stephenson grew up on a small farm near Benson, in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. After leaving the farm for college, he graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (where he also studied law), University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, where he has edited Pembroke Magazine since 1979. The state of North Carolina presented him with the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature. He has received the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Memorial Award, North Carolina Writers Network Chapbook Prize, Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award, and the Brockman-Campbell Poetry Prize. In addition to Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl, he has published a poetic documentary Plankhouse (with photographs by Roger Manley), Middle Creek Poems, Carolina Shout!, Finch's Mash, The Persimmon Tree Carol, Poor People, Greatest Hits, Fiddledeedee, and Possum. With his wife Linda he has made three musical CDs Hank Williams Tribute; Stephenson Brothers & Linda Sing the Old Songs; When Country Was Country. Shelby and Linda live on the farm where he was born.

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