Chuck Williamswill speak about the
process used in turning books into movies or movies into books. If you ever wanted
your book to be made into a movie for the big or small screen or
turned into a television series, you don't want to miss this
talk. He will also talk about his experience in making the movie
Shake Off the World, which he filmed in and
Williams has worked as an assistant director to such
Hollywood heavyweights as James Cameron, Rob Cohen, Kathryn
Bigelow, John Badham, Penelope Spheeris and others. He has
produced films for the Sundance Channel, HBO, Showtime and the
Syfy Channel. He also produced Jeff Burr's critically acclaimed
World War II movie, Straight Into
Darkness, released by Universal Studios.
He is also an actor, appearing
on Pirates of the Caribbean: On
Stranger Tides, on Showtimes'
The Carbon Copy and
John Dies at the End.
He performed lead roles on Groom
Up Against the Eight Ball,
Double Blast as well
as countless other films and television series, including
The Young and the Restless.
North Carolina Poet Laureate
Special Guest Speaker
Stephenson grew up on a small farm near Benson,
in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. “Most of
my poems come out of that background,” he says,
“where memory and imagination play on one
another. I have written many poems about the
mules we worked until I was in the seventh grade
and, after that–the tractor. My early teachers
were the thirty-five foxhounds my father hunted.
The trees and streams, fields, the world of my
childhood–all that folklore–those are my
the farm for college, he graduated from the
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (B.A.
1960) where he also studied law, University of
Pittsburgh (M.A. 1967), University of
Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. 1974), and worked as a
radio and television announcer, salesman,
right-of-way agent, and farmer. He was professor
of English and editor of Pembroke Magazine
until his retirement in 2010.
In addition to
a poetic documentary: Plankhouse (with photographs
by Roger Manley), he has published
Middle Creek Poems,
Carolina Shout!, Finch’s Mash, The Persimmon
Tree Carol, Poor People, Greatest Hits,
Fiddledeedee, Possum, Playing Dead, Play My
Music Anyhow, and
Homage to July, the Slave Girl.
Carolina Award in Literature
Press Chapbook Prize
Fund of North Carolina Chapbook Prize
native Georgian, Curtis’ attraction to produce
began as a small boy, as he followed his
Grandfather Curtis through the garden. His
interest grew during high school, when he worked
at the Conyers, Georgia A&P Market. “I was
supposed to be in the grocery department,” he
recalls, “but I hung out in produce because
that’s where all the action was.” His enthusiasm
soon became a career.
After attending Southern
University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Curtis
vacationed in California, and was drawn to
relocate. During this seven-year stint in
California, Curtis opened his first produce
company, called Peaches. Next, Aikens moved to
New York, to head the produce departments at
Dom’s Wholesale Market and at Balducci’s. He was
responsible for such clients as the United
Nations Cafeteria, the Plaza Hotel and the US
Open Tennis Tournament.
Curtis’ television career began
as a consultant and food stylist on commercials
for Pizza Hut, Pillsbury and McDonalds. In 1988,
Curtis returned to Georgia to begin Aiken’s
Family Produce, Inc., a wholesale and retail
supplier of produce for clients which ranged
from the Rockdale County School System to the TV
series In the Heat of the Night
and the feature film Glory.
Curtis’ career as a television
personality and author began in 1988. A
co-founder of the Food Network, he’s served as
the host of Pick of the Day, From My Garden, Meals Without
Meat, and Food in a Flash.
He has been selected by First Lady Michelle
Obama to represent the state of Georgia for her
Kids & Chefs National Program.
Rubenfeld is an innovative renaissance
man who does some of his best work
behind the scenes.
creator of the wildly popular genre
busting series ‘90s CBS TV series Early
Edition (which was syndicated in 73
countries and starred Kyle Chandler),
Vik inspired a genre of forward thinking
television content and led something of
a small screen revolution.
author of the recently published novel Conquest,
which takes readers behind the scenes of
the making of a rock ‘n’ roll band, he
combined his love of pop culture with
his entertainment industry knowledge.
founder of Rubenfeld Research Associates
(RRA), Vik uses his deep skills in data
mining and technology to analyze and
present information to clients in ways
that allow them to best launch new
products, target new clients and
maximize their business potential.
recently launched the
Guru webinars and one on
one mentoring to teach the best elements
of suspense and storytelling to writers,
business people and creatives.
Malinda Maynor Lowery
former Harvard University faculty member,
Malinda Maynor Lowery works in social and
political history from interdisciplinary and
non-traditional points of view at the University
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her interests
include Native American history, southern
history, historical geography, foodways,
music, race and ethnicity, identity, and
community-engaged research, including
documentary film and oral history.
Notable publications include:
Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race,
Identity and the Making of a Nation
Racial Science and Federal Recognition: Lumbee
Indians in the Jim Crow South, a chapter in
Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles and
Indigenous Rights in the United States: A
As We Cooked, As We Lived: Lumbee Foodways,
co-authored with Sara Wood, Southern Cultures
Telling Our Own Stories: Writing Lumbee History
In the Shadow of the BAR,
American Indian Quarterly 33 (4)
People and Place: Croatan Indians in Jim Crow
American Indian Culture and Research Journal,
21 (Spring 2005): 37–64
Co-Producer, A Chef’s Life–
documentary film series (PBS, Season 1, Fall
2013; Season 2, Fall 2014-Spring 2015).
Co-Producer, Survivor to Survivor:
Native American Women and Domestic Violence
– Video, 18 minutes (2011)
Co-Producer, In the Light of Reverence–
Video, 73 minutes (PBS, 2001)
Producer/Director/Editor, Sounds of Faith–
Video, 14 minutes (1997)
Producer/Director/Editor, Real Indian–
16mm, 7 minutes (1996)
2015 Better Carolina Award
to Robeson Community College; 2014
Winner in The League for Innovation in Community College
to Robeson Community College;
Francis B. Reid Award
Friends of the Robeson County Public Library;
Francis Ashburn Honorable Mention Volunteer of the Year
author p.m.terrell, Founder of BENC