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Words Awake 3 to Honor A.R. Ammons

Please note, this event has been postponed due to Hurricane Florence.

From our friends at Wake Forest University:

On Friday, September 14, 2018, Wake Forest University is hosting an event celebrating the poetry of A. R. “Archie” Ammons.

“About Ammons” will combine readings of favorite Ammons poems with a talk by Wake Forest alumnus Robert West (BA ’91), editor of the newly published and definitive Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons.

We hope you can join us for this moment to bring together lovers of Archie Ammons and his complex, powerful, and multi-faceted voice. Emceeing the program will be Emily Herring Wilson (MA ’62), poet, biographer, and member of the Wake Forest Writers Hall of Fame, whose friendship with Archie Ammons spanned decades. There will be poetry readers of all ages including Wake Forest faculty and students.

This program is free of charge and will include the following:

5:15 pm: Reception (light hors d’oeuvres) honoring Robert West
6:00 pm: Robert West discusses the editing of Ammons’s poetry
6:45 pm: Faculty, students, alumni/ae reading favorite Ammons poems

This program will be held at Byrum Hall, the WFU Admissions/Welcome Center. There is ample free parking adjacent to the building.

For more information please write to Emily Wilson—emilyhwilson@bellsouth.net—or Tom Phillipsphillito@wfu.edu.

“About Ammons” forms half of a celebratory weekend honoring Wake Forest writers and writing. Join us the next morning, Saturday, September 15, 2018, in the Benson Student Center for WordsAwake3!, the latest iteration of a program to honor Wake Foresters who have had outstanding careers as writers and champions of writing.

Four alumni/ae—Linda Carter Brinson, Betsy Teter, Jo DeYoung Thomas, and Doug Waller—will be inducted into the Wake Forest Writers Hall of Fame. Following a continental breakfast, Maria Henson will moderate a discussion among the inductees of their careers, experiences, and wisdom. Next we will hear alumni/ae poets from the South read about the South. There will be a colloquy among Hall of Famers Al Hunt, Maria Henson, and Edwin Wilson. The concluding luncheon banquet and induction ceremony is free to all.

For more information and to register for the luncheon, please write to Tom Phillips (see above).

This program will be held at the Benson Student Center. There is free parking throughout the campus including the Byrum Welcome Center lot.

We look forward very much to having you with us as part of this celebration.

For more information: https://wordsawake.events.wfu.edu.

A.R. Ammons, a major American poet in the tradition of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2000. A two-time winner of the National Book Award, plus the Bollingen Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, Ammons published nearly thirty volumes of poetry. Born in Whiteville, he was eventually the Goldwin Smith Professor Emeritus of Poetry at Cornell University in New York.