Author Hank Lewis will read from his fiction on Wednesday, April 13, at 4:30 pm in Gailor Auditorium. A reception will follow in the atrium. Lewis is the spring semester Brown Foundation Fellow at the University of the South, and the reading is sponsored by the English Department, the School of Letters, and the Foundation.
Lewis’ first collection of short stories, In the Arms of our Elders (Carolina Wren, 1995), was the winner of the Sonja H. Stone Prize for Fiction. His second collection, I Got Somebody in Staunton (HarperCollins, 2005), was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and winner of a Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award.
His work has received a Literature Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Prize for Fiction, and a Special Award for New Writing from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His fiction has appeared in many journals, including Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Callaloo, African American Review, Colorado Review, and Blackbird, and has been reprinted in several anthologies, including Best American Short Stories 1996.
Lewis received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he studied with George Garrett and Rita Dove, and he has taught creative writing and literature at the University of Maryland, Colgate University, Centre College, Trinity College, Mary Washington College, and Denison University. In addition, he has also coached the Bahamas National Soccer Teams.
The reading and reception are free and open to the community.
Wednesday, April 13, at 4:30 pm, Gailor Auditorium. Reception and book signing following, Gailor Atrium.