Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence

Nikky Finney

Winner of National Book Award for Poetry

Photo of Nikky Finney, taken by Forrest Clonts
Photo by Forrest Clonts

2020 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Reading

February 25, 2020

7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

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100 Genome Sciences Auditorium
250 Bell Tower Road
UNC Campus


The cover of Nikky Finne's novel, The World is Round

Cover of Nikkey Finney's novel, Heartwood

Cover of Nikky Finney's novel, Rice

Cover of Nikky Finney's novel, Head Off and Split

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.

Previous Writers-in-Residence

Frank B. Hanes Writers-in-Residence

  • 2019 – Tayari Jones
  • 2018 – Julia Alvarez
  • 2017 – Ted Conover
  • 2016 – Natasha Trethewey

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 (with Center for the Study of the American South)
  • 2003 – Calvin Trillin
  • 2002 – Tobias Wolff
  • 2001 – John Edgar Wideman
  • 2000 – Russell Banks
  • 1999 – Richard Wilbur
  • 1998 – Robert Pinsky / Rita Dove
  • 1997 – Richard Ford
  • 1996 – Beth Henley
  • 1995 – Annie Dillard
  • 1993 – (fall) Shelby Foote

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