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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Wright  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction



Illinois Connection

Wright lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Wright is an author and educator. He is a professor at the University of Illinois and serves on the editorial board of ''Callaloo''.The Memphis Flyer called his book, ''Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers'', “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. ''The Pea Island Story'', a television feature, won a Salute to Excellence First Prize from the National Association of Black Journalists. Wright's fiction and essays have appeared in ''The Village Voice'', ''The Kenyon Review'', ''Newsday'', ''Callaloo'', ''The Massachusetts Review'', ''The Chronicle of Higher Education'', and elsewhere.

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-- '''''Fire on the Beach