A Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing!


April 3-4, 2020



Join us for another celebration of Wake Forest writers and writing, including sessions on science writing, arts writing, storytelling, and screenwriting.  Washington columnist and NPR commentator, science/technology/security writer and alumnus SHANE HARRIS, will keynote.




On December 7-8, 2018, Wake Forest hosted an event celebrating the poetry of A. R. “Archie” Ammons.  “About Ammons” combined 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. The evening brought together lovers of Archie Ammons and his complex, powerful, and multi-faceted voice.  Emceeing the program was Emily Herring Wilson (MA ’62), poet, biographer, and member of the Wake Forest Writers Hall of Fame, whose friendship with Archie Ammons spanned decades. Wake Forest faculty, alumni, and friends read a favorite Ammons poem.

Click here for video of “About Ammons.”

Click here for the “About Ammons” PowerPoint

Click here for pictures from WordsAwake! 2018


“About Ammons” formed half of a celebratory weekend honoring Wake Forest writers and writing.  On December 8, in the Benson Student Center, we held 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 – were inducted into the Wake Forest Writers Hall of Fame.  There was a memorable colloquy among Hall of Famers Maria Henson, Al Hunt, and Ed Wilson.  Wake Forest poets of different ages and experiences read from their work.  Al Hunt delivered a powerful luncheon address, which will be available at this site soon.

As a reminder:

Mark your calendars now for:

Words Awake 4!, April 3-4, 2020

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From 2016:

What a weekend!

Pictures and videos now posted!!

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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