Novelist Nancy Peacock selected as 2018 Piedmont Laureate 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 25, 2018) – Nancy Peacock, a Hillsborough-based novelist, has been selected as the region’s 2018 Piedmont Laureate. During 2018, Peacock will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Wake, Durham and Orange counties.

The Piedmont Laureate program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing. Co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, the Piedmont Laureate program’s mission is to “promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region.”

The program focuses on a different literary form each year, including poetry, novels, creative non-fiction, drama/screenwriting, children’s literature, short fiction, speculative fiction, and mystery fiction.

As Piedmont Laureate, Peacock receives an honorarium and will serve until Dec. 31. Her duties will include presenting public readings and workshops, participating at select public functions and creating at least one original activity to expand appreciation of writing.

A schedule of the Laureate’s 2018 activities will be posted on the sponsoring agency websites and on the Piedmont Laureate website.

Nancy Peacock has been writing since fourth grade. She is largely self-taught and well-mentored. She is the author of the novels “Life Without Water” (chosen as a New York Times Notable Book),” Home Across the Road,” and “The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson,” as well as the memoir and “writing-in-the-real-world” guide “A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning and Life.

Peacock runs a popular set of writing workshops and retreats in Hillsborough. Her free Prompt Writing Class has been active since 2003, and continues to grow steadily.

“Telling stories and reading stories changes you,” says Peacock. “Both allow one human being to reach more deeply into the experiences of another. Both involve our two greatest gifts: the tools of empathy and imagination.”

For more information about the Piedmont Laureate program, visit; contact Katie Murray, director of the Orange County Arts Commission, at 919.245-2335 or, or contact any of the other sponsoring agencies.


Created in 1985 as the official government agency on the arts by a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commissions serves as a clearinghouse for arts information, facilitator of arts programs & advisor to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners regarding the arts. We have been the Designated County Partner (DCP) of the North Carolina Arts Council in Orange County since 1985 and are responsible for sub-granting state and county funds to arts organizations, schools and artists throughout the county.  The OCAC is a division of Orange County Economic Development. Our mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.