Bland Simpson

Simpson Bland Simpson is the author of The Coasts of Carolina: Seaside to Sound Country, Into the Sound Country, and The Inner Islands. A longtime member of the Tony Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers, he regularly appears on UNC-TV’s “Our State.” He is Kenan Distinguished professor of English and creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eastern

Honoring the Waters that Provide Our Bounty

Surely the first feast came from the water. By net or line, hook or gig, the promise of a fresh catch lures us still, and sustains us always.

Nature

A Sound Country Serenade

From the boats to the bridges, the waterfronts to the wildlife, a writer finds lyricism among the streams, rivers, and sounds that connect, rather than separate, our coastal homes.

Life

In Praise of Our State’s Clay

Dig into North Carolina, and you’ll find clay nearly everywhere: in ravines, as relics, and even on a windowsill.

History

The History of the Scuppernong

In Columbia, the river that gave its name to our grape is a lifeline and a family tie.

Eastern

Traveling North Carolina’s Swamps

Swamps keep their secret wonders hidden well. Under their murky black water, behind impenetrable tangles of vines, and among towering cypress draped in curtains of Spanish moss, adventure lurks.