WFU events to feature Ammons poetry, honor 2018 Writers Hall of Fame inductees

Book cover of Ammons collected poems

To celebrate Wake Forest writers and writing, the University will host “About Ammons” and “Words Awake” on campus Dec. 7-8. The events are free and open to the public.

On Friday, Dec. 7, Wake Forest will present “About Ammons” to honor the legacy of poet and Wake Forest graduate A.R. Ammons at Porter Byrum Welcome Center from 6 – 7:45 p.m. Robert M. West, editor of the “The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons,” will discuss Ammons’s poetry. The program, emceed by poet and biographer Emily Herring Wilson, will also feature readings by Wake Forest faculty and alumni of their favorite Ammons poems, as well as music by composer Ken Frazelle based on Ammons’s poetry. Ammons died in 2001.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, four writers will be inducted into the Wake Forest Writers Hall of Fame and will discuss their writing careers at “WordsAwake”:

  • Linda Carter Brinson former book-page editor and editorial page editor at the Winston-Salem Journal
  • Betsy Teter, editor of the Hub City Press and founder of the Hub City Bookshop
  • Jo DeYoung Thomas, former reporter, editor, foreign correspondent and bureau chief for The New York Times
  • Douglas Waller, a former correspondent for Time and Newsweek and author of books including “Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Bill Donavan”

The program begins at 9 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401. Maria Henson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Wake Forest Magazine editor, Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News managing editor, and Wake Forest provost emeritus Ed Wilson will lead an 11 a.m. discussion of Wake Forest’s literary history.

Hunt will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet beginning at noon.

For more information or to register for the banquet, email

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