2018 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence
2018 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Reading
Tuesday, February 27
Genome Sciences Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
WRITING AS RESISTANCE: ACTIVATING ART IN A POST-TRUTH ERA
Monday, February 26, 3:30 p.m.
From the ghettos of war-torn Warsaw to the American civil rights movement, writers have long been catalysts of social change. But while most writers agree that we have an inherent responsibility to speak out, we debate whether our allegiance should be to our activism or to our art. Is there a way to honor both, without compromising either—or sounding self-righteous? In the age of Fake News, how can we create narratives that genuinely work toward justice rather than simply spotlight problems? This panel of socially engaged writers will explore the evolving responsibilities and possibilities of our trade, from journalistic dispatches to novels, essays, poems, and plays.
Julia Alvarez. Poet, novelist, essayist, and 2018 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence
Daisy Hernandez. Essayist, fiction writer, and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Miami University
Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Travel writer, journalist, and Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at UNC
Moderator: Ariana Vigil. Scholar and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC
TRUTHS AND CONSEQUENCES: THE JOYS AND PERILS OF WRITING ABOUT FAMILY
Wednesday, February 28, 3:30 p.m.
No matter our birthplace, our earliest cultural allegiance is to family. Flannery O’Connor said that any writer who survived childhood has enough material to write about for a lifetime. Family matters. How it tethers and informs us, embroils us in its plots, shrinks and grows us, shames, consoles, amuses and breaks our hearts is foundational to the human experience and the writer’s voice. Julia Alvarez has written that one’s basic sense of self-understanding comes from one’s upbringing and the tales that empower her fiction are from stories she heard as a girl. How do writers turn personal history into art? What are the challenges of walking the tightrope between truth and fiction and how does a writer navigate them?
Julia Alvarez. poet, novelist, essayist, and 2018 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence
Daniel Wallace. Fiction, Professor of Creative Writing at UNC
Thomas Mira Y Lopez. Creative nonfiction, Kenan Writer-in-Residence, Creative Writing at UNC
Moderator: Marianne Gingher. Fiction, Professor of Creative Writing at UNC
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.
Frank B. Hanes Writers-in-Residence
|2015||Terry Tempest Williams|
|2010||Edward P. Jones|
|2004||Alice Walker (in conjunction with the Center of the American South)|
|2001||John Edgar Wideman|