Hillsborough Arts Council

Writers Series

The goal of our brand new HAC Writers Series is to deliver interesting virtually-delivered content to the HAC community in the form readings, commentary, interviews, etc. from many of the writers and poets that call this area their home.
 

REMEMBERING RANDALL KENAN // SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (C) 2017 Atlantic Recording Corporation

Born in Brooklyn. Moved to Duplin Co, NC as a baby, where he lived with his grandparents. His most notable works include Let the Dead Bury their Dead, A Visitiation of Spirits, The Fire This Time, and his latest, If I had Two Wings. He was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowhip, a Whiting Award and the John Dos Passos Prize. Black. Gay. Southern. He died too young at age 57. BELOVED.

Very special thanks to Jill McCorkle, Steven Petrow, Tom Rankin, Jaki Shelton Green, Lee Smith, and Daniel Wallace. 

Excerpt from New York Times Tribute by Richard Sandomir

Mr. Kenan’s gregarious but guarded personality was topped with a “virtuosic panoply of chuckles,” Alane Mason, his editor at W.W. Norton and former college classmate, wrote in the draft of a tribute to him for the website Literary Hub. His eclectic enthusiasms included physics, science fiction, Moby-Dick comic books, the blues, the music of Taylor Swift, great meals and the food writing of M.F.K. Fisher. Read the full text...

AUGUST 29, 2020

Steven Petrow is an award-winning journalist and book author who is best known for his Washington Post and New York Times essays on aging, health, and civility. He’s also an opinion columnist for USA Today,  where he writes about civil discourse and manners.

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