Pen Name: None
Genres: Non-Fiction, Poetry
Born: in New Orleans
Wright lives in Urbana, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional Information
Wright is an educator, poet and author. His poems have appeared in Image, Artful Dodge, Ecotone, Poetry East and many other places. In 2003, he won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for poetry and his first poetry collection, A Liturgy for Stones was published. He studied literature at Loyola University in Chicago and earned an MFA from Ashland University in Ohio.
His book, Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers, was a New Yorker notable selection and one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s “Best Books of 2001.” The Memphis Flyer called it “social history at its readable best.” He wrote the screenplay for the documentary, Rescue Men, based on the book. Magic Johnson’s Aspire network premiered it and it still airs regularly. Producer Richard Brick is adapting Fire on the Beach into a feature.
Wright's fiction and essays have been recognized with awards from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters and the National Association of Black Journalists, among others, and appeared in The Village Voice, The Kenyon Review, Newsday, Callaloo, The Massachusetts Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere. He is a professor at the University of Illinois and serves on the editorial board of Callaloo.
- Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers (with David Zoby), Oxford University Press, 2002
- A Liturgy for Stones, Cascadia Publishing, 2003
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers
Release Date: 2002-08-22
The Pea Island Story, a television feature, won a Salute to Excellence First Prize from the National Association of Black Journalists
Dobie-Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters
Paul Cuffe Fellowship
Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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