A Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing!


DECEMBER 7-8, 2018


“About Ammons”/WordsAwake3!

On December 7-8, 2018, Wake Forest is hosting an event celebrating the poetry of A. R. “Archie” Ammons.  “About Ammons” will combine readings of favorite Ammons poems with a talk by Wake Forest alumnus Robert West (BA ’91), editor of the newly published and definitive Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons.  We hope you can join us for this moment to bring together lovers of Archie Ammons and his complex, powerful, and multi-faceted voice.  Emceeing the program will be Emily Herring Wilson (MA ’62), poet, biographer, and member of the Wake Forest Writers Hall of Fame, whose friendship with Archie Ammons spanned decades.  There will be poetry readers of all ages including Wake Forest faculty, alumni, and friends.

This event is free of charge and begins with reception at 5:15 pm.   The program begins at 6:00 pm and will conclude by 7:45 pm.

This program will be held at Byrum Hall, the WFU Admissions/Welcome Center.  There is ample free parking.

For more information write to Emily Herring Wilson at emilyhwilson@nullbellsouth.net.


“About Ammons” forms half of a celebratory weekend honoring Wake Forest writers and writing.  Join us the next morning, Saturday, December 8, in the Benson Student Center, starting with continental breakfast at 8:15 am, for WordsAwake3!, the latest iteration of a program to honor Wake Foresters who have had outstanding careers as writers and champions of writing.  Four alumni/ae – Linda Carter Brinson, Betsy Teter, Jo DeYoung Thomas, and Doug Waller – will be inducted into the Wake Forest Writers Hall of Fame.  There will be a colloquy among Hall of Famers Maria Henson, Al Hunt, and Ed Wilson, plus a surprise or two.  Al Hunt will deliver a luncheon address.  The luncheon and induction ceremony is free to all.

The program begins at 9:00 am and the luncheon concludes by 1:30 pm.  For more information and to confirm attendance at the luncheon please write to Tom Phillips at phillito@nullwfu.edu.

Mark your calendars now also for:

Words Awake 4!, April 3-4, 2020

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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!  We’ll see you on the Reynolda campus April 3-5, 2020, for WA3!

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