The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, have chosen N.C. author, former state poet laureate and educator Fred Chappell as the recipient of the 2010 John Tyler Caldwell Award.
The award ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Music Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Chappell, born in Canton, N.C., earned graduate and undergraduate degrees at Duke University and for 40 years taught at UNC Greensboro, where he helped establish the M.F.A. writing program. In 1999, UNC Greensboro established the Fred Chappell Creative Writing Fellowship. Author of more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction and criticism, Chappell was the poet laureate of N.C. from 1997 to 2002 and a N.C. Literary Hall of Fame inductee in 2006.
Chappell’s latest books are Shadow Box, a collection of poetry, and Ancestors and Others, a volume of new and previously published short stories. His work has been translated into many languages, including Finnish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese and Farsi. North Carolina writer Lee Smith has called Chappell “our resident genius, our shining light.”
Past Caldwell Laureates include Reynolds Price, Anne Firor Scott, Doris Waugh Betts, John Hope Franklin, Emily Herring Wilson, Walt Wolfram and Marsha White Warren.
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