New Features

We are pleased to be offering the following features at #NRHC2019 in Baltimore:

Powerful Beginnings: Author Talk & Book Signing

Kia Corthorn will help us kick off #NRHC2019! We will be hosting an Author Talk & Book Signing on Thursday. Please click here to fill out a brief survey, which will help us best plan for this event. We want to choose the best time to host the event. Additionally, NRHC will inquire about making a bulk order of her book, but we need to know your interest and how many books to order.

About Kia Corthorn

Ms. Corthron is a playwright and novelist. She is the author of The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter which was released by Seven Stories Press in 2016 and awarded The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her plays have been produced in New York, across the U.S. and internationally.

She was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, a valley in the Appalachians on the banks of the Potomac facing West Virginia. Her mother, Shirley Beckwith Corthron, also born in Cumberland, was a homemaker and school volunteer, at times in her younger years working as a nurse’s aid and house cleaner. Her father, James Corthron, born and raised on a Virginia farm, worked at the local paper mill planning shipments.

Corthron attended state schools for her undergraduate degree (Frostburg State College and the University of Maryland in College Park), did a bit of editing in the D.C. area for a while, then relocated to New York City to earn her masters in Theatre Arts at Columbia University.

As a playwright, Corthron has received numerous awards, including several for her body of work: the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Otto Award for Political Theatre, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award. In addition, she has written a bit of television. (Edgar and Writers Guild Outstanding Series awards for The Wire.) In 2017 she was the resident playwright of Chicago’s Eclipse Theatre, which produced three of her plays.

Among other theatres that have premiered her plays are Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club (New York City); Yale Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival (regionally); Royal Court Theatre, Donmar Warehouse (London). She has taught playwriting in prisons for youth and for adults, and at universities and conservatories for undergraduate and graduate students. She has frequently contributed short plays to theatrical evenings curated to address specific current issues, such as the suffering of Iraqis under U.S. sanctions, the Israeli bombing of Lebanon, and as a benefit to aid Haitian earthquake victims. She traveled to the West Bank and Gaza as part of a six-playwright contingent led by Naomi Wallace to meet with Palestinian theatres, and she spent two weeks in Liberia as the country was beginning to transition out of its civil war and wrote a play inspired by the experience. In early 2016 she was part of a six-member delegation to South Africa – a reading tour sponsored by the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, meeting with South African writers and students.

Since coming to Manhattan as a student in 1988 she has lived in New York City, mostly (since 1995) in Harlem.

About “Castle Cross the Magnet Carter”

On the eve of America’s entry into World War II, in a tiny Alabama town, two brothers come of age in a world of model trains, church, and the local chapter of the Klan: Randall, the son of a sawmill worker, a brilliant eighth-grader and lonely outcast, begins teaching his eighteen-year-old deaf and uneducated brother B.J. sign language. Simultaneously in small-town Maryland the two sons of a Pullman Porter, six-year-old hyper Eliot, a gifted student himself, and his brother Dwight who at twelve is discovering he likes boys more than girls, grow up in a world punctuated by the county fair, extended family picnics, a visit from A. Philip Randolph and the legacy of a lynched great-aunt. The four mature into men directly confronting the fierce resistance to the early civil rights movement, and are all ultimately uprooted, navigating a deaf urban world, the working class suburbs of the early calculator boom, a community fresh from the Panther heyday being accosted by the onset of AIDS. Their journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families.

Purchase the book through one of these outlets:

Seven Stories Press


Barnes and Noble

Don’t forget to fill out this form, so NRHC can inquire about making a bulk order with discounted pricing. We need your feedback by October 28th. If you should wish to have a copy or copies of the book sooner, please purchase from one of these outlets:

Power Networking Hour

We will kick off Friday morning with some fun, interactive networking. Join us for some fun ways to get to know fellow conference attendees. There will be prizes!


Meet all of the #NRHC2019 sponsors, transfer school attendees, and graduate school attendees. Keep the networking going!

New Presentation Category: Idea Exchange

We are excited to get your proposals on exciting innovations in your honors programs and colleges. You can visit all of the Idea Exchange presenters during Saturday and Sunday morning breakfast.