Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence

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2016 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence

Natasha Trethewey


2016 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Reading

Tuesday, March 22

7:30 p.m., Genome Sciences Building

UNC Campus

Free and Open to the Public 


About the Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Program

The Department of English and Comparative Literature proudly announces the creation of the Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Program.  This program will build upon our department’s long-standing commitment to the value of a writer-in-residence program that spans over two decades. Through the generosity of the Morgan Writer-in-Residence Program (1993-2012) and the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program (2013-2015), our department has brought significant contemporary writers to campus to meet with students and faculty, to visit classes, and to give readings, talks, and symposia. The Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Program affirms and continues that tradition. It will ensure that our students continue to be inspired by interactions with important writers of our time.  Furthermore, it will greatly enrich the intellectual climate and lively literary culture on Carolina’s campus.

The Department of English and Comparative Literature heartily thanks the Hanes family for its generous sponsorship of the program.  The program honors the late Frank Borden Hanes, Sr., (Class of 1942).  Mr. Hanes has long been a gracious supporter of Creative Writing at Carolina and has made gifts with powerful lasting impact.  He endowed the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, which brings highly promising young writers to the Creative Writing Program, and he also supported the teaching and creativity of our Creative Writing faculty in countless ways.  Mr. Hanes himself was a passionate author, a proud and loyal alumnus, and an outstanding citizen of our state.



Past Distinguished Writers-in-Residence

Distinguished Writers-in-Residence

2015 Terry Tempest Williams
2014 Stewart O'Nan
2013 Mary Karr

Morgan Writers-in-Residence

2012 Athol Fugard
2011 Amy Hempel
2010 Edward P. Jones
2009 Mark Strand
2008 Alice McDermott
2007 Tim O'Brien
2006 Joan Didion
2005 Robert Hass
2004 Alice Walker (in conjunction with the Center of the American South)
2003 Calvin Trillin
2002 Tobias Wolff
2001 John Edgar Wideman
2000 Russell Banks
1999 Richard Wilbur
1998 Rita Dove
1998 Robert Pinsky
1997 Richard Ford
1996 Beth Henley
1995 Annie Dillard
1993 Shelby Foote