UNCW Creative Writing Professor Philip Gerard to Read from New Book of Essays Mar. 20

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Philip Gerard, acclaimed fiction and nonfiction writer and chair of the UNC Wilmington Department of Creative Writing, will read from his latest work, The Patron Saint of Dreams, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.  The reading will be held in Kenan Hall room 1111 and is free and open to all.

The Patron Saint of Dreams, Gerard's first personal essay collection, is set for release this month from Hub City Press. He has authored three books of nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life (Waveland, 2004), Secret Soldiers (Dutton, 2002), Writing a Book That Makes a Difference (Story Press, 2000). His other published works include a memoir, Brilliant Passageā€¦a Schooning Memoir (Mystic, 1989), Desert Kill, a novel set in the Southwest and two historical novels set in North Carolina, Cape Fear Rising (Blair, 1994) and Hatteras Light (Scribners, 1986), which was nominated for the Ernest Hemingway Prize. He also co-edited the teaching anthology Writing Creative Nonfiction: Instruction and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs (Story Press, 2001) with Carolyn Forche.

He recently penned the monthly narrative series "The Civil War: Life in North Carolina, 1861-1865," for Our State magazine. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Green Mountains Review, Hawai'i Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, New England Review/Bread Loaf Quarterly, and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative.

During his tenure at UNCW, Gerard has won the College of Arts & Science Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in Teaching, the Graduate Mentor Award, the Board of Trustees Teaching Award, a Distinguished Teaching Professorship, as well as The Award for Faculty Scholarship. The Philip Gerard Fellowship, endowed by benefactor Charles F. Green III to honor Gerard's work in establishing and directing the MFA program, is awarded annually to an MFA student on the basis of literary merit.

Most recently, Gerard is the 2012 recipient of the Sam Talmadge Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina. Past winners include Tom Wicker, Betty Adcock, and David Brinkley.

Upcoming Events

  • Reading by Rebecca Skloot, co-sponsored with UNCW Presents, 7 p.m., Mon., Mar. 26, Kenan Auditorium
  • A Celebration of Lookout Books, featuring readings by Edith Pearlman and John Rybicki, part of Chancellor Miller's Installation Month, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Apr. 15, Azalea Coast Room, Fisher Student Union

All events are free and open to the public. Receptions sponsored by the department and book signings sponsored by Pomegranate Books will follow.

For further information on UNCW's programs and events in creative writing, please contact the Department of Creative Writing at 910.962.7063.