Visitors to North Carolina often ask, “How can there be so many writers in North Carolina?” The late Louis D. Rubin, Jr., founder of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, put it this way: “Like bad checks and grapes, writers tend to come in bunches.” Throughout our state’s history, writers have sprung up in clusters, usually around a central mentor or teacher. North Carolina has also produced multiple writers within a single family. In this fast-paced presentation with historic photos and lively anecdotes, Georgann Eubanks explores North Carolina’s literary lineage and the conditions and attitudes that have made our state such fertile territory for the production of stories, novels, plays and poems. Georgann Eubanks is a writer and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Eubanks has published short stories, poems, reviews, an profiles in many magazines and journals including Oxford American, Bellingham Review, Southern Review, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and North American Review. She is a North Carolina Arts Council Literary Fellowship recipient, winner of a regional Emmy, former chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council, and former president of Arts North Carolina. Eubanks has served as director of the Duke University Writers Workshop (a summer writing program for adults) since 1989 and is the writing coach for the Friday Fellowship of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative. Eubanks is one of the founders of the North Carolina Writers' Network. She is author of the three volume series, Literary Trails of North Carolina, a guidebook to locales and writers, from the western mountains to the Outer Banks, who have profoundly influenced North Carolina's cultural identity. This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.