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Thursday, March 31 2022

Darlene J. Gravett Visiting Writer Series

Event Location: Blanton Auditorium, Boiling Springs, NC, 28017, United States Event Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Darlene J. Gravett Visiting Writer Series Hosts Lenard Moore and Bridgette Lacy

Join the Department of English and Literature in welcoming Lenard D. Moore, founder of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective (CAAWC), along with a founding member, Bridgette A. Lacy, for a reading and discussion of the Collective’s anthology, “All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective.

This is an event in the Darlene J. Gravett Visiting Writers Series. The event will be held at Gardner-Webb University on March 31 from 4 to 5 p.m. The free program is open to the public and will be held in Hamrick Hall’s Blanton Auditorium.

About the Visiting Writer

Lenard Moore is the editor of the Collective’s anthology, “All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective.” Lacy is a contributor to the book. The CAAWC has aided in the development of many celebrated writers such as Evie Shockley, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry; Camille T. Dungy, a 2019 winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts; and Fred Joiner, the Carrboro poet laureate and winner of a 2019 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.

An internationally-known haiku writer, Moore has received numerous awards, including an appointment as the honorary curator of the American Haiku Archives at California State Library in Sacramento. He was also the recipient of the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award in 2003, 1994 and 1983 and was the first African American president of the Haiku Society of America, a post he held in 2008 and 2009. He has also received the North Carolina Award for Literature; the Sam Ragan Award in the Fine Arts; and the Margaret Walker Creative Writing Award.

Bridgette A. Lacy is an award-winning journalist and author. She served as a longtime features writer for the “News & Observer” in Raleigh. She’s the author of “Sunday Dinner,” a part of the Savor the South series by UNC Press and a finalist for the Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize. Lacy is also a contributor to “All the Songs We Sing” and “27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose Poetry” (Eno Publishers, 2013). Her work has appeared in “Southern Living,” “Our State,” “Salt,” and “O. Henry” magazines.

About the Fund

“The Darlene J. Gravett Visiting Writer Series Fund is established for Gardner Webb University, a North Carolina corporation with its principal offices and educational facilities located in Boiling Springs. This endowed fund was initiated by a gift from Darlene J. Gravett. The fund expresses Darlene J. Gravett’s commitment to the Department of English Language and Literature.

The Darlene J. Gravett Visiting Writer Series Fund was established to provide annual funding for the Department of English Language and Literature to host a visiting writer. The Department will identify and choose a visiting writer and set the program schedule. The visiting writer would be expected to give an address, visit classes, sign books and perform similar activities on campus to faculty, staff, students and community members.”

 

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 working days prior to the event.  Please call 704-406-4270 or email [email protected] with your request.

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