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Words Awake!

A Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing!


It’s Back! Words Awake 2! April 8 – April 9, 2016!

Join us!


ADDED FEATURE:  SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 7:30 AM:  The Ammons Breakfast Circle


I would like to invite students, faculty, and alumni to an informal Archie Ammons celebration—people who knew Archie when he came to Wake while on sabbatical from Cornell (1974-75), students who were in his poetry workshops, folks who would like to get to know his work better. Let’s sit in a circle and share Archie’s poems—bring your favorite short poem, one per person, please; our poems, inspired by his work; or anecdotal remembrance of his time among us. Do you remember the Wednesday afternoon reading where he announced that he had discovered a “found poem,” while driving over the hill from Reynolda Road to campus? Or the gray autumn day he looked out a classroom window and told us how to “make it new”? Or the difference between a poet and a “flash in the pan”? Let’s go around the circle until we run out of things to say, or discover that we need to find a way to keep the conversation going.

The Ammons Breakfast Circle will meet starting at 7:30 am (or as folks gather) in Room 409, Benson Student Center.  The WA2! Continental Breakfast will available beginning at 7:30 am in 401-A Benson (just down the hall).



WORDS AWAKE! champions and celebrates generations of Wake Forest writers who return to their alma mater to engage the campus, alumni/ae, area schools, the broader Forsyth County and regional communities, and now the world.

WORDS AWAKE! looks back to Wake Forest writers of the past; hears the work of current writers; debates the nature of writing today and tomorrow; inspires Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school students and Wake Forest students; and honors writers important to the heritage of writing at our University.  Wake Forest students, faculty and staff; public school students and teachers; and area writers, readers, and residents all join WORDS AWAKE! poets, screenwriters, novelists, journalists, critics, and prose non-fiction authors to share and shape a common legacy of Wake Forest writers and writing.

Lovers of the written word unite!