About the Author
Georgann Eubanks serves as a literary tour guide in the Literary Trails of North Carolina series, navigating readers throughout familiar and unfamiliar terrain providing interesting historical and cultural facts about homegrown writers and literary guests.
Appalachian State University creative writing professor Joseph Bathanti says she’s the perfect person to lead readers through N.C. “I pride myself in knowing all the nooks and crannies of the state. But Georgann knows the stories of every single town and borough, every acre, every lame mule. She knows the state in uncanny ways.”
Bathanti, a novelist and poet, jokes: "She can’t be one person. She does too much to be one person."
But before Eubanks was a tour guide, she was an established writer. She has published short stories, poems, reviews and profiles in many magazines and journals including Oxford American, Bellingham Review, Southern Review, Duke Magazine, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and North American Review. She is a N.C. Arts Council writers’ fellowship recipient, winner of a regional Emmy, former chair of the N.C. Humanities Council and former president of ARTS North Carolina.
Charlotte author Judy Goldman met Eubanks through the N.C. Writers’ Network at least 25 years ago. “It seems like I’ve always known her. She’s the type of person you feel that way about,” says Goldman. “She was a literary star when I first started writing. I knew of her from a distance. I was surprised how easy it was to get to know her. I had read her poetry in literary journals. She’s really a fine poet.”
Goldman also recalled how welcoming Eubanks was to other writers. “She’s very inclusive and enjoys introducing writers to other writers,” Goldman said.
Eubanks met a lot of the state’s writers during her 20-year tenure as director of the Duke University Writers Workshop, a summer writing program for adults. In summer 2010, Duke University ended its sponsorship of the workshop. Eubanks is keeping the program alive as the Table Rock Writers Workshop.
Eubanks graduated from Duke University in 1976 with a degree in public policy. She is a writer and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, particularly in higher education and the arts. Since 2000 she has been a principal with Donna Campbell in Minnow Media LLC, a full-service multimedia production company primarily involved in the creation of independent, public affairs documentaries for public television.