For many years, I traveled across North Carolina listening to, recording and preserving stories that spoke to the state’s history throughout the 20th century. With the support of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I turned many of those interviews into stories in a series called “Listening to History” that ran in the Raleigh News & Observer between 1998 and 2008. For me it was history, storytelling and poetry.
Below you will find links to the stories. Many thanks to the State Library of North Carolina and its wonderful digital encyclopedia, NCpedia, for making digital versions of the stories available.
You can find a link to NCpedia’s main page for Listening to History here.
You can also find my personal reflections on the end of “Listening to History” here. They appeared in a short essay called “In the Promise Land” that also ran in the News & Observer.
Here is a list of the stories and links to them: