Media & Press

Charlotte Lit in the Media


Homelight named 2023 Poetry Book of the Year, Southern Literary Review, December 27, 2023

Charlotte Lit Press Plans to Publish Poetry Collection by AE Hines, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, December 18, 2023

December Read of the Month: Homelight by Lola Haskins, by Claire Matturro, Southern Literary Review, December 6, 2023

Lola Haskins’ Homelight, Reviewed by Lee Rossi, Pedestal Magazine Issue 93, November 2023

Charlotte Lit Is Ready for the Autumnal Equinox, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, September 18, 2023

Something New Out of Charlotte Lit, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, July 3, 2023

Charlotte Lit and the Magic of Summer, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, May 31, 2023

Zero to Ten with Paul Reali of Charlotte Lit, conversation with Alyssa Pressler on hygge coworking’s Zero to Ten blog, April 26, 2023

Kathie Collins name one of 50+ Generation Xers Shaping Charlotte Today, by Michael Graff, April 19, 2023


Charlotte Lit Is on the Move, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, November 29, 2022

Advance your literacy skills this National Day on Writing: Paul Reali on WBTV’s QC@3 with host Kristen Miranda, October 20, 2022

Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, Kathie Collins and Paul Reali, Do Good CLT Podcast, with host Pamela Escobar, October 18, 2022

What’s the Word? Helping Local Writers Find Their Voices and Create a Community of Authors and Poets, by Page Leggett, ASC Charlotte Blog, September 30, 2022.

Celebrating Romare Bearden and His Charlotte Roots, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, August 15, 2022

Immigrant and arts groups face displacement from cultural center, by Kayla Young, WFAE, August 11, 2022

Litmosphere: The Journal of Charlotte Lit Makes Its Debut, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, August 1, 2022

Meredith Ritchie Explores Forgotten Part of Charlotte History in Debut Novel, by Ryan Pitkin, Queen City Nerve, March 8, 2022

Authors Assemble: Writing Organizations and Groups in Charlotte, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, January 10, 2022


Authors Lab Makes Novel Dreams a Reality, by Page Leggett, in The Biscuit from Charlotte is Creative, December 17, 2021

Charlotte Lit: Forming a Community Around Literature, by Connor Lindsay, The Queens Chronicle, October 20, 2021

Poet Ada Limón and the Power of Reciting Aloud, Queens University of Charlotte, College of Arts & Sciences Blog, October 19, 2021

Lisa Zerkle and the Charlotte Lit 4X4CLT Poetry/Art Poster Series, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, October 18, 2021

The Founding of a New Charlotte-Based Literary Journal, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, August 30, 2021

Paul Reali on the Importance of Creativity, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, May 17, 2021

The Accidental Poet: Kathie Collins on the Life-Changing Art of Writing (And Reading) Poetry, by Page Leggett, in The Biscuit from Charlotte is Creative, February 16, 2021

Charlotte Lit Turns Five, by Mark West, Storied Charlotte, February 15, 2021

Poetry at Work Day: Three Charlotte Poets Share Ideas on How to Celebrate, by Page Leggett, featuring Kathie Collins, in The Biscuit from Charlotte is Creative, January 12, 2021


How to Spend Your Pandemic Time at Home: Paul Reali on WCNC’s Charlotte Today, March 25, 2020

How to Start Journaling: Kathie Collins and Paul Reali on WCNC’s Charlotte Today, January 10, 2020

Writing tip: Continuing education options for Charlotte writers, by Katie Toussaint, LinkedIn, January 6, 2020

“For in-person classes and a sense of community, Charlotte Lit can’t be overlooked. This nonprofit, based in Plaza Midwood, offers classes and community conversations across writing genres, as well as membership perks like free admission to literary events, reduced pricing for workshops and access to studio space.”


Building a Better Book Club: Kathie Collins and Paul Reali on WCNC’s Charlotte Today, December 19, 2019

Six Tips for Creative Writing: Kathie Collins and Paul Reali on WCNC’s Charlotte Today, October 14, 2019

10 easy ways to get involved in the Charlotte arts and culture scene, by Jillian Mueller, Charlotte Five, October 13, 2019

Fancy yourself a writer? A poet? You can join the Charlotte Lit community, by Vanessa Infanzon, in Charlotte Five, September 18, 2019

Beautiful Truth Initiative, WBTV’s News Saturday, August 2019

Out of Many Truths, One Most Beautiful, by Charles Fiore, NC Writers’ Network Blog, July 19, 2019


A Natural Match: 4X4CLT Pairs Art & Poetry, by Erin L. Miller, Nocturne Woman, Jun 12, 2017

Match a poet with an artist (or two) in Charlotte and you get 4X4CLT, by Lynn Trenning, Charlotte Observer, June 08, 2017

Create Charlotte Lit and They Will Come, by Corbie Hill, Creative Loafing, March 29, 2017

Charlotte Lit Celebrates the Late Novelist Carson McCullers, by Jasmin Herrera, Creative Loafing, March 8, 2017

Does Charlotte have a right to claim Carson McCullers? by Dannye Romine Powell, Charlotte Observer, January 6, 2017


‘Slow Words Movement’ Thriving at Charlotte Lit, by Kimberly Lawson, Charlotte Viewpoint, October 25, 2016

“Maybe this is a bit of a response in some ways to the overabundance of fast information in social media and media in general,” Collins says. “Social media is fast content, and we are endorsing the slower transmission of literature because it’s deeper.”

Reali adds: “So if there was a slow food movement, maybe we have the slow words movement.”

The (non-traditional) Plaza Midwood coworking space you probably haven’t heard of, by Katie Toussaint, Charlotte Five, 2016.

The Launch of Charlotte Lit, by Charles Fiore, NC Writers’ Network Blog, February 18, 2016

Poet Linda Pastan will meet, greet, read, by Dannye Romine Powell, Charlotte Observer, February 3, 2016.

“Charlotte Lit hit town and quick-as-a-wink lept into the light. Created by Kathie Collins and Paul Reali, the new organization knows how to beat the drum and attract members.

“This month, they are bringing to Charlotte former Maryland poet laureate Linda Pastan, a stunning, award-winning writer whose poems delve into the inner workings of family, the deep longings of its members, the bonds we seek to form and to escape.”

Information for the Media

About Charlotte Lit

Visit the About page for information on Charlotte Lit’s formation, mission, vision, and leadership, including short bios of co-founders Kathie Collins and Paul Reali.

Board Chair and Co-founder

Kathie Collins, kathie (at), 704-458-3293

Executive Director and Co-founder

Paul Reali, paul (at), 336-926-8833

Media / Social Media Contact

Mabry Busby, mabry (at)

Office Location

Charlotte Lit @ hygge coworking
933 Louise Avenue, Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28204

Mailing Address

PO Box 18607
Charlotte, NC 28218

General Information

Voicemail: (704) 315-2131
General Email Inquiries: staff (at)

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Name: Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, Inc.
DBA: Charlotte Lit
EIN: 47-4988291
Founded: October 2015