NC Literary Hall of Fame



Faculty Biographies
Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Writing Residency 2008

We are especially proud of our expanded faculty roster this year, which features seasoned teachers whose writing and teaching are known both within and beyond the borders of North Carolina.

(registrations are now closed)

Julie Funderburk


Julie Funderburk has taught in the English Department of Queens University of Charlotte since 2003. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of the MFA Writing Program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and as Managing Editor of The Greensboro Review. Her poems appear in the anthology Best New Poets and in literary magazines such as Ploughshares, The Cincinnati Review, Smartish Pace, Third Coast, 32 Poems, and Alaska Quarterly Review. She has been a Howard Nemerov Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and is an Associate Editor of the on-line literary magazine storySouth.


“Essentially Julie is a lyric poet whose work compresses narrative elements — and she is a narrative poet whose words are alive with the strum of the lyre. There is a supreme tension in her work between the assuring surface of craft and the wilder waves of impulse. Many of her poems . . . seek to retrieve an instance in time by seizing, illuminating, and ultimately transforming it. Like Robert Penn Warren, she is a poet whose major subject is time and how events and people endure through the various lenses of separation and distortion.”


- Stuart Dischell


Aaron Gwyn

AARON GWYN (Fiction)

Aaron Gwyn has been an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte since 2003.He is the author of two books of fiction, Dog on the Cross: Stories, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 2004; and the forthcoming novel The World Beneath, to be published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2009.His stories and essays have appeared in New Stories from the South 2002, A Dixie Christmas, The Longwood Guide to Writing, McSweeney’s, Glimmer Train, Black Warrior Review, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and other anthologies, textbooks, and periodicals.He is the recipient of a North Carolina Council on the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions award.

“Aaron Gwyn's stunning yet disturbing debut collection of stories, Dog on the Cross, range far and wide across the Pentecostal landscape of a rural Oklahoma town, exploring voices, visions, faith, sin, depravity, temptation, and dreams. In the large majority of his stories in Dogs on the Cross, Aaron Gwyn writes with an understated and graceful prose about some of the most culturally complex issues in America today.”

- Jordan Adair, Independent Weekly


Cynthia Lewis

CYNTHIA LEWIS (Creative Nonfiction)

Cynthia Lewis began teaching at Davidson College in 1980, having earned her Ph.D. from Harvard.A specialist in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, she has published many articles on Shakespeare and a book-length study, called Particular Saints, about characters in Shakespeare’s plays named Antonio or Anthony.She also teaches and writes nonfiction, mostly essays about American culture, including such topics as American women bodybuilders, spousal murder, professional gambling in Las Vegas, women’s obsession with shoes, and the world of debutantes.Her reported and personal essays have been published in Southern Cultures, The Antioch Review, The Massachusetts Review, Shenandoah, and other publications.For each of the last two years, one of her essays has been cited as a “Notable Essay” by the editor of The Best American Essays.At Davidson, she has received the ODK teaching award from students (1984), the CASE Silver Medal in the national Professor of the Year program (1987), and the Hunter-Hamilton love of teaching award at graduation (1998).She was named a Charles A. Dana Professor in 2000.On sabbatical for the 2007-08 school year, she has been moonlighting as a bartender at local establishments and recently published an essay about her alternative career in Charlotte Magazine.


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