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27 Views is the podcast dedicated to exploring the South through writers and stories. Produced in Hillsborough, North Carolina, each episode showcases a writer and his/her storytelling. Featured writers include Jill McCorkle, the late Randall Kenan, Jaki Shelton Green, Daniel Wallace, and Allan Gurganus.

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27 Views is the podcast dedicated to exploring the South through writers and stories. Produced in Hillsborough, North Carolina, each episode showcases a writer and his/her storytelling. Featured writers include Jill McCorkle, the late Randall Kenan, Jaki Shelton Green, Daniel Wallace, and Allan Gurganus.

    Episode 10: The Luminous World of Georgia Carroll Kyser: Moreton Neal on Her Friendship with the 1930s Cover Girl

    Episode 10: The Luminous World of Georgia Carroll Kyser: Moreton Neal on Her Friendship with the 1930s Cover Girl

    Georgia Carroll was a supermodel in the 1930s, a Hollywood star in the 1940s, and a Chapel Hill resident from the 1950s until her death in 2011. How did this glamorous young woman end up in Tarheel country? Cookbook author and designer Moreton Neal remembers the late Georgia Carroll Kyser, her generosity, her leadership, and her precisely decorated Christmas tree.

    Born and raised in Brookhaven, Mississippi, Moreton Neal learned to cook at her grandmother’s knee, and learned to eat well in New Orleans. With Bill Neal, whom she met and married while they were students at Duke University, she opened La Residence, the first fine-dining restaurant of its kind in North Carolina. After leaving the restaurant business, Moreton wrote a cookbook/memoir entitled Remembering Bill Neal: Favorite Recipes from a Life in Cooking, as well as numerous articles for magazines and other publications. For many years, Moreton was the food editor of Raleigh Metro Magazine, and hosted a lifestyle radio talk show called “Better Living.” She continues to write a recipe column entitled “Joyous Cooking” for Chapel Hill Magazine, and to design interior spaces for her clients.

    • 20 min
    Episode 9: Baking Stories into Pies with Steven Petrow

    Episode 9: Baking Stories into Pies with Steven Petrow

    Pecan pie is serious business to Steven Petrow. It’s not just a cherished and delicious family tradition, but also a memory bank of shared gifts, goofs, and changes. Over the years, he has come to appreciate the value of mixing into each pie a good story, regardless of where it lands on the truth meter. He also attempts to sort out the pronunciation controversy over p-e-c-a-n.

    Steven Petrow is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and author. His work regularly appears in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and USA Today. He is the author of the best-selling Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Older, as well as Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners and The New Gay Wedding: A Practical Primer. A former president of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, Steven is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, the Ucross Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and the National Press Foundation. In 2017, he became the named sponsor of the Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship at the VCCA, a prize that is awarded annually. Steven lives and bakes in Hillsborough, NC, with his cocker spaniel, Binx Bolling, cheering him on.

    • 19 min
    Episode 8: Elizabeth Spencer and Allan Gurganus in Conversation

    Episode 8: Elizabeth Spencer and Allan Gurganus in Conversation

    Living in neighboring towns in North Carolina’s Piedmont, writers Elizabeth Spencer and Allan Gurganus were close friends for decades. A few months before she died in 2019, he visited her one afternoon to talk to her about her story, “Rising Tide” (featured in Eno Publishers’s 27 Views of Chapel Hill: A Southern University Town in Prose and Poetry). They discussed writing, and how leaving her native Mississippi sharpened her focus on racism.

    Elizabeth Spencer was the author of nine novels, including The Voice at the Back Door, The Salt Line, and The Night Travellers, as well as short fiction collections, such as The Southern Woman and Starting Over. Her novella, The Light in the Piazza, was adapted to stage and screen. She also published a memoir, Landscapes of the Heart. She won many awards, and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2021, two years after her death at age 98, Library of America issued a forever-in-print edition of Elizabeth Spencer: Novels and Stories.

    Allan Gurganus is an award-winning author whose books includes The Practical Heart, Plays Well With Others, Local Souls, White People, and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. His short stories have been published regularly in The New Yorker, and were recently collected in The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus. He is also the subject of a previous episode of the 27 Views podcast, entitled “At Home With Allan Gurganus.”

    • 27 min
    Episode 7: At Home with Allan Gurganus

    Episode 7: At Home with Allan Gurganus

    Novelist Allan Gurganus tells all… about his beloved home, Sunnyside, in small-town North Carolina. He and Sunnyside have been together for decades, and like most long marriages, it’s had its up and its downs, its joys and sorrows. A celebrated storyteller, Allan reads from his essay, “Old Houses & Young Men” (featured in Eno Publishers’ 27 Views of Hillsborough: A Small Southern Town in Prose and Poetry), and talks about rescuing and restoring an old house and making it his own.

    Novelist Allan Gurganus has been delighting readers for decades. His books include The Practical Heart, Plays Well With Others, Local Souls, White People, and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, which has been adapted for stage and screen. Many of his short stories have been published in The New Yorker. He recently published The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus, and is at work on a new novel, The Erotic History of a Country Baptist Church.

    Gurganus has received numerous accolades and awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Southern Book Prize. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, and adaptations of his work have earned four Emmys.

    • 23 min
    Episode 6: Feasting on Words with Jaki Shelton Green

    Episode 6: Feasting on Words with Jaki Shelton Green

    An autobiography told through food: North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green knows food. Long before the farm-to-table movement took hold in popular culture, the garden was a rite of summer for families everywhere. Jaki's family was no exception. As soon as the garden “came in,” they would spring into action—pick, snap, shuck, peel, rinse, freeze, stew, preserve. At a young age, Jaki learned the power of food, its poetry, its eloquence, its ability to heal, to express love, to comfort. In her essay “Singing Tables,” from The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food, Green tells her life story through food.

    Poet Jaki Shelton Green loves to cook, to taste, and to celebrate food, in the same way she writes and celebrates language. She is the ninth Poet Laureate of North Carolina, the first African American and the third woman to be appointed to this post. Forbes Magazine has named Green to the "50 Over 50" list of the most influential women in the nation who are reshaping the face of entertainment and the arts. She is a 2019 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, 2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee, 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate appointee, and the 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. She teaches documentary poetry at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, and was the 2021 Frank B. Hanes Writer in Residence at UNC–Chapel Hill. Additionally, she received the George School Outstanding Alumni Award in 2021. In 2022, she was appointed as Poet Laureate in Residence at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Her poetry collections include Dead on Arrival, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, Feeding the Light, and I Want to Undie You. On Juneteenth 2020, she released her first poetry album, The River Speaks of Thirst. Her story “Singing Tables” was published in Eno Publishers’ The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food. She is also a contributor to Eno Publishers’ anthologies 27 Views of Hillsborough: A Southern Town in Prose and Poetry and The Elizabeth Keckley Reader, Volume Two.

    • 20 min
    Episode 5: Hunting Down Stories with Jill McCorkle

    Episode 5: Hunting Down Stories with Jill McCorkle

    Writer Jill McCorkle talks about her afternoon as a non-hunter on a deer hunt; her encounter with Dottie, the rebellious beagle; and the necessity of wearing orange in winter. She also reads excerpts from her short story, “Dog Hunting” (featured in Eno Publishers’ 27 Views of Hillsborough: A Small Southern Town in Prose and Poetry).

    Jill McCorkle's career as a writer is the stuff of legend. Her first two novels—The Cheer Leader and July 7th—were published on the same day in 1984, when she was in her mid-twenties. She has now published twelve novels and short story collections, most recently the highly acclaimed novel, Hieroglyphics. She has received numerous awards, and in 2018 was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Jill’s work is also included in Eno Publishers’ anthology, The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food. 

    • 20 min

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cecilia1228 ,

Cecilia

Wonderful interviews and so interesting

speen ,

Exceptional!

These interviews, several with lost treasures, are a gift! Elizabeth has captured magic by preserving these voices and shining a light on them. Even more, her thoughtful insights and gentle voice inspire you to put a kettle on and spend some time with a lovely new friend. More please!

Believeinthefish ,

Lovely

I didn’t know if I would ever hear Randall‘s voice again. Thank you, Eno, for bringing it to me, and to us.

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