Friday, August 21, 2015

Our State Magazine Editor Elizabeth Hudson ('95) to Speak September 23 at 4 pm

Elizabeth Hudson (’95) operates at the intersection of Energy Street and Enthusiasm Avenue. 

When you meet her, she quickly informs you that she has the best job in the world, and she credits UNCG for preparing her to get it.

Hudson began at Our State magazine answering telephones.  Now she’s the editor-in-chief, and she puts more than 2000 miles a month on her car visiting all around the state in order to better communicate the many great things she sees about North Carolina.  Each month, Our State magazine "celebrates the very best of North Carolina through authentic storytelling and stunning photography. Begun in 1933, Our State has long been the trusted resource for all things North Carolina.  It’s the perfect source of information for those who’ve lived in North Carolina all their lives, those just becoming acquainted with the state, or those looking to visit or relocate."

She knows whereof she speaks.  Hudson is a native of North Carolina who grew up in the small community of Farmer, near Asheboro. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began her publishing career in 1997 at Our State magazine. She held various editorial titles for 10 years before becoming Editor in Chief of the 80-year-old publication in 2009. Each month, she works with the top writers and photographers in the country to produce a magazine that has garnered national attention, and in 2011 and 2012, Our State won consecutive Gold Eddies for “Best Issue” of a regional magazine in the country, the top honor from FOLIO: Magazine, the magazine industry’s leading publication recognizing editorial excellence. For her work with the magazine, Hudson is also the 2014 recipient of the Ethel Fortner Writer and Community Award, an award that celebrates contributions to the literary arts of North Carolina.

She especially enjoys working with former professors and writers at UNCG and in Greensboro, commissioning them to write stories with the same kind of love and affection for the state that she employs in her own monthly essays, many of which were collected into her book, Wish You Were Here. Former Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board members and authors Michael Parker and Susan Kelly are but two of those voices who contribute frequently to the magazine.

Please join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries in welcoming Board member Elizabeth Hudson to the Virginia Dare Room in the Alumni House on the UNCG campus at 4 pm on Wednesday, September 23.  She will sign copies of her book following the program.  The event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

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