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A teacher since 1982 in UNC-Chapel Hill's Creative Writing Program, and now the program's director, Bland Simpson is Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of English and Creative Writing, and is author of the books Heart of the Country, A Novel of Southern Music; The Great Dismal, A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir; The Mystery ofBland Simpson Beautiful Nell Cropsey, A Nonfiction Novel; Into the Sound Country: A Carolinian's Coastal Plain, with photography by his wife Ann Cary Simpson; and Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals, The Mystery of the Carroll A. Deering, A Nonfiction Novel. His latest book, The Inner Islands: A Carolinian's Sound Country Chronicle was published Fall 2006 by the University of North Carolina Press.*

Since 1986 a member of the Tony Award-winning, internationally acclaimed stringband The Red Clay Ramblers, Simpson has toured extensively in North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and has also collaborated on, or contributed to, the following musicals: King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running: Songs & Stories of the Carolina Coast; Diamond Studs; Hot Grog; Life on the Mississippi; Lone Star Love, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas; Tony-nominee Pump Boys & Dinettes; Cool Spring; Tar Heel Voices; Kudzu, A Southern Musical; and three-time Broadway hit and Special Tony Award-winning Fool Moon. In September, 2002, Simpson worked with the Ramblers on a Waynesville, N.C., preview of the Diane Coburn Bruning-choreographed ballet of their music, Ramblin' Suite. The ballet officially premiered at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Oct. 31st-Nov. 3rd, 2002. A second Ramblers ballet, Carolina Jamboree, developed and performed with the Carolina Ballet, premiered at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in February 2005 and was broadcast by UNC TV statewide in early 2006.

Simpson's CD Follow You All Over the World was released by Gaff Music in 2003. Kudzu, A Southern Musical, Simpson's collaboration with fellow Rambler Jack Herrick and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette, was released on CD by Bypass Productions, December, 2003. * In November, 2005, Simpson was given the North Carolina Award for Fine Arts, the state's highest civilian honor. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gave him a Tanner Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2004. In 1999, he won the Governor's Award "Conservation Communicator of the Year," presented by the N.C. Wildlife Federation, as well as the N.C. Folklore Society's Brown-Hudson Award for writing and music concerning state and regional heritage. He was Chair of the North Carolina Writers Conference for 2001-2002, which met in Elizabeth City, N.C., the last weekend of July '02.* North Carolina Award for Fine Arts 2005 Citation

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