Susan Stafford Kelly

Susan Stafford Kelly was raised in Rutherfordton. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Carolina Classics, a collection of essays that have appeared in Our State, and five novels: How Close We Come, Even Now, The Last of Something, Now You Know, and By Accident. Susan has three grown children and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Sterling.


NC Primer: Scene in NC

Two major movies filmed partly in North Carolina continue to excite fans years later.


North Carolina’s Amazing Lakes

The mountains and the sea may bookend our state, but the story in between is all about our lakes: cool, calm, and always nearby, just waiting for the fishing trips and cannonballs that make summer complete.

Drink Local

NC Primer: Pop Quiz

Yes, the state beverage is milk, but our native sodas bring the fizz.


The Spirit of High Summer

High Hampton’s mountain charm, relaxed atmosphere, and rich legacy have set the vacation standard for generations.


NC Primer: Arrgh State

North Carolina remembers its most fearsome pirate — and one who tried his best, bless his heart.