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: Arrgh State

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


Celebrating Identity

Mike Crowe Jr. shares the story of his tribe at the Museum of the Cherokee.


Message On A Bottle

At Sutler’s Spirit Company in Winston-Salem, Scot Sanborn leads an unconventional, personalized approach to bottling gin.

1940s Series

Preserving History

Earl Kirkland shares stories of the Great Flood of 1940 with visitors of the Swain County Heritage Museum.


A Flair for Flowers

Mary Reynolds Babcock was a free spirit with a green thumb. At the Reynolds family estate in Winston-Salem, her ingenious gardening secrets have been preserved for budding florists.