The 2004 edition of the literary journal Pembroke Magazine has been published.
Pembroke Magazine No. 36 features North Carolina writer Tim McLaurin and Chris Fuhrman of Savannah, Ga.
Fans of Fayetteville writer Tim McLaurin will find this edition especially rewarding. McLaurin, who died of cancer July 13, 2002, is memorialized by some great friends and fellow writers, including Pat Conroy, Clyde Edgerton and Lee Smith. Cartoonist Doug Marlette chips in too.
The journal is Shelby Stephenson's 26th as editor. A poet with many published works to his credit, Dr. Stephenson has also taught English at UNC Pembroke for 26 years.
"What a wonderful legacy Tim has left," Dr. Stephenson said. "I met him when he had just learned he had cancer. He was a brave man."
Touching pieces by McLaurin's wife, Carol, and daughter, Meghan, add to a remarkable tribute to a writer who died too young. McLaurin fought cancer almost all of Meghan's lifetime. We learn that he vowed when she was very young to live to see her 18th birthday and made good on that promise.
Dr. Joe Mandel, retired UNCP English professor, edited the McLaurin section and contributed an interview and an essay.
D.G. Martin, host of WUNC-TV's "North Carolina Book Watch" and a former Pembroke resident, edited the section on Chris Fuhrman. Furman is author of "The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys," and like McLaurin, he died young from cancer in 1991.
"D.G. is amazing," Dr. Stephenson said. "He is going to interview me about this edition of Pembroke Magazine on his radio program in Chapel Hill. I didn't know he had a radio program."
Managing Editor Tina Emanuel said Fuhrman is a great "find" for readers.
"I read a lot of copy as I put the magazine together," Emanuel said. "I like Chris Fuhrman a lot."
"I think it is also remarkable that we have contributions from actress Jody Foster and screenwriter Jeff Stockwell in this section," she said.
Stockwell adapted "Alter Boys" to the screen. UNCP English Professor Richard Vela weighed in with an essay on the screen adaptation of Fuhrman's book.
There are also several short stories and never before published poems by Fuhrman. As is the custom with Pembroke Magazine, there is a collection of other poems, interviews, essays, short stories, photos and other pieces by writers with North Carolina connections.
Betty R. McCain, former secretary of Cultural Resources for North Carolina, contributed a humorous article.
"Betty is one of the funniest people I know," Dr. Stephenson said.
Pembroke native Paulette Sweeney is a new contributor. Lumberton native and former UNCP English Professor Melinda Weinstein also contributed.
"Melinda is teaching in Michigan now," Dr. Stephenson said. "She is really a fine poet."
There is much, much more in Number 36. It is a long running treasure.
Contributing editors for this edition are Fred Chappell, Richard Ball, Richard Vela, Sue L. Kimball, Sanford J. Smoller, Reinhold Grimm, Stephen E. Smith, Charles Blackburn Jr., David Eliades, William Harmon, Jesse Peters, D.G. Martin, Grace Cavelieri and Merrill Leffler. Associate Editor for the magazine is Linda Stephenson.
To purchase a copy, please contact Managing Editor Tina Emanuel at 910.521.6358 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $10.