Pembroke Magazine features Native American works


The 38th annual edition of UNC Pembroke’s literary journal Pembroke Magazine is devoted to Native American literature.

UNCP’s acclaimed “little book,” as Editor Shelby Stephenson calls it, came out in the fall this year, instead of its traditional summer publication.


Shelby Stephenson


Jesse Peters

“We got out another issue, but we probably stuffed our goose too full,” Dr. Stephenson said. “We have several issues in one here.”

Pembroke Magazine No. 38 is 346 pages and is Dr. Stephenson’s 26th edition.

“It’s really quite a story,” he said. “Manuscripts come in year around. I used to carry them in an A&P bag.”

Dr. Stephenson, who had just concluded a class in Southern Literature before being interviewed, leafed through the latest edition, remarking on the many writers inside.

“It does what a literary magazine should do – bring to the front literature that needs attention,” he said. “There are so many writers, and North Carolina is loaded with them. If a little magazine needs a purpose, that is it.”

No. 38 contains a 190-page section devoted to Native American authors that is edited by Dr. Jesse Peters, a scholar of Native American literature.

Dr. Peters, who also serves as dean of the Esther Maynor Honors College at UNCP, said it was a great pleasure to be part of Pembroke Magazine again.

“In many ways this edition brings Pembroke Magazine back to its roots,” Dr. Peters said. “Contemporary Native American writers are producing some of the most interesting and powerful literature in the world today.”

Pembroke Magazine was given its birth at an historically Native American serving institution. Included in No. 38 is fellow UNCP Native American literature scholar Dr. Haladay and Lumbee authors Marie Locklear, a UNCP graduate, and Chad Locklear of Lumberton, N.C.

The section includes a tribute to Louis Owens, a Choctaw, Cherokee and Irish writer, who was one of the key voices in Native American literary studies. Dr. Peters contributed an essay of personal remembrance and a poem.

“It is my hope that readers will find some moment, however small, somewhere in these essays, stories and poems where they feel themselves changing,” Dr. Peters said. “After all, to change is to live, and we could never change without stories.”

A copy of Pembroke Magazine may be obtained by calling managing editor Tina Emanuel at 910.521.6358 or email The cost is $10 plus shipping.